What Process is involved?
It is estimated that a Neighbourhood Plan will be ready to go to Public Consultation in 2020.
It will then have to be submitted to the Uttlesford District Council, to ensure there is no conflict with its Local Plan, and then it has to go before a Government Inspector for approval.
Once the Plan has been approved it will be put to a referendum of all residents in our Parish, for their approval.
It is essential that all take the opportunity to vote and, if the referendum endorses the plan, the Stansted Neighbourhood Plan will become legally binding to all.
It is VITAL that the Stansted Parish community becomes involved as much as possible.
THE VIEWS OF OUR COMMUNITY ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE PROCESS
Research, Consultation and Data Gathering
The preparation work is the most lengthy part of the process in which a lot of research of data and fact gathering takes place. We have engaged the help of professional consultants, who are experienced in the workings of local government, to interpret and summarise the information available.
We are fortunate in that the Parish Council published a "Community Plan", after seeking opinion from residents, through questionnaires, in 2011. This is a useful base on which to expand and modify as a planning tool. To view -
The most difficult and contentious part of the NPSG's work will be to identify those areas to be protected from development and those where development will be acceptable.
As stated previously, a "no more homes" stance will not be acceptable.
THE CONSULTATION PROCESS
An online consultation process was set up through 'Survey Monkey' with responses recorded, beginning August 2016 and ending July 2019. The answers and views expressed by respondents are available to view here:-
The analysis of the responses can be viewed here:-
The first public consultation was conducted during the Christmas Market, Saturday 2nd December 2016. Unfortunately, high winds forced an early closure of the event with our stall tent almost flying away. A series of questions were posed and members of our community were asked to make comments on Post-it notes. Those comments received can be viewed via this link:-
The second public consultation events took place in May 2017 and were extensively promoted through the various Social Media groups within the village. This time a series of posters were produced showing draft outlines of possible policies to be included within the the Neighbourhood Plan. Members of the community were asked to indicate their approval by applying coloured stickers to each draft policy.
To view the posters and reactions to them, please follow this link:-
FURTHER POLICY PROPOSALS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
These will be published in 'The Link' magazine and on this website as well as notifications on the Parish Council's Facebook Page and other local Facebook groups
The Neighbourhood Plan Strategy Group
The NPSG was formed in May 2015 and we have been meeting on a monthly basis.
One of the first duties was to split the different aspects of data gathering amongst the members of the group and their topics are as follows:
POPULATION AND HOUSING
Author - Peter Jones, & Simon Thompson,
Complying with the Local Plan - does Stansted Mountfitchet need further development?
What are local needs?
Identify development limits, landscape setting and character.
Potential community gains – what and where?
What types of house design are most appropriate?
Author - Ray Woodcock,
Current position and Impact of any further development.
LOCAL ECONOMY - SUPPORTING BUSINESS
Author - Geoffrey Sell, & Alan Dean,
Availability of industrial and commercial premises.
Sustaining retail businesses parking on-street and off-street.
Promotion and marketing.
Encouraging home businesses – risks and reward.
High quality broadband.
HIGHWAYS AND PARKING
Author – Peter Jones, & John O’Brien,
Review traffic flows and congestion on main roads in the centre.
Analyse ways of mitigating problems.
Analyse traffic speeds – assess speed limits and calming.
Parking – what needs should be met – short term and commuters.
Author – David South, & Samantha Dunn,
Provision of, or improvement to, facilities – swimming pool, junior football and others.
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE
Author – David South, & Samantha Dunn, email@example.com.
Understand their aspirations and then consider where and how the new Crafton Green Community Centre can become an asset?
Author – Liz Lake,
What should be protected and enhanced?
Footpath/Bridle path network.
Land usage and Landowners.
Open Space - purposes to be served - identify sites for protectin, eg. Stansted Park; 'Grippers'.
EDUCATION AND HEALTH
Author – Simon Thompson, & Maureen Caton,
The above topics and researchers' names were published in the September 2015 edition of "The Link".
The August 2015 edition published the first article from Cllr Peter Jones explaining certain aspects of data gathering on the Highways topic.
The October 2015 edition's article was from Liz Lake, a landscape architect, who was seeking residents' views on their favourite aspects of the natural landscape in and around the village.
The November 2015 edition's article was by John O'Brien who announced the preparation of this website and its aims.
The December/January 2016 edition's article advertised our first Consultation event at the Christmas Market and outlined Uttlesford District Council's consultation process for its Local plan.
An online consultation questionnaire, via 'Survey Monkey', was launched August 2016 and remained online until July 2019.
Training and Research
The NPSG has been given valuable insight into the mechanics of the Neighbourhood Planning process, by Consultants Rachel Hogger and David Coleman. A number of members attended a presentation by the Martin Paine, (former Uttlesford Planning Policy Team Leader), on Uttlesford's Local Plan preparations. They also learned of the pitfalls, associated with neighbourhood planning, through a presentation by a councillor from Great Dunmow.
One member attended a Neighbourhood Plan meeting in Bishop's Stortford, IN 2017, to learn more about their experiences and the possible impact on our village.