What Process is involved?
It is estimated that a Neighbourhood Plan will be ready to go to Public Consultation in 2018.
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 most important 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.
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.
Throughout the Neighbourhood Development Plan preparation
there will be opportunities for all residents to have their say via a consultation process
dates and venues will be published on this website and in "The Link".
NEXT STEP IN THE CONSULTATION PROCESS:
TO PUBLISH OUR POLICY PROPOSALS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
These will be published in 'The Link' magazine and by following links on this website
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
Land usage and Landowners.
Open Space - purposes to be served - identify sites protecting 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.
Training and Research
The NPSG has been given valuable insight into the mechanics of the Neighbourhood Planning process, by our Consultant Rachel Hogger. A number of members attended a presentation by the Martin Paine, Uttlesford's Planning Policy Team Leader, on Uttlesford's new 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 recent Neighbourhood Plan meeting in Bishop's Stortford to learn more about their experiences and the possible impact on our village.