In spite of the distractions of good weather, holidays, local events and family activities the members of Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have not been idle over the last three months. In response to the Chichester District Council’s Local Plan “Preferred Approach” consultation requiring 1250 new houses to be built in our Parish between 2020 and 2035 we are reviewing our current Neighbourhood Plan.
We have subdivided into four teams looking at Housing, Infrastructure, Environment and Communications and much work has already been undertaken to obtain relevant information for the new version of our Plan. For example, the Housing team have listed Local Heritage Assets, researched other villages’ sustainable design policies and are considering commissioning a Housing Needs Survey for the Parish. The Infrastructure Group have visited local community centres to assess what would be needed to service a large expansion in Southbourne, they have looked at ways of bringing employment into the area and are in the process of mapping transport and access routes. The Environment Group have been surveying local wildlife corridors and recording information about local flora and fauna as well as evaluating local green spaces which might be eligible for special protected status.
The Steering Group is made up of Parish Councillors and local volunteers who are putting a lot of time and effort into this work on behalf of their Community – many thanks to all concerned.