High Halstow Neighbourhood Plan (NP)
Residents Survey Consultation on ‘Policy Ideas’
Overview and update
Last autumn we asked for your thoughts on the draft objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan. We had an excellent response and the percentage support is starred on the flowchart and in the Halstow Times. Based on your comments we are now presenting our initial ideas for potential policies in the NP. These are linked back to the objectives and grouped around four key themes:
- Community 2. Environment 3. Movement 4. Place Quality
We would now like your feedback on whether you agree or disagree with these policies. We’d also like to know whether you have any other ideas or suggestions that should be included in our Neighbourhood Plan.
You may be aware that, since out last consultation, Medway Council has secured Central Government funding through HIF to improve infrastructure on the Hoo Peninsula, including passenger train services on the existing freight line and a relief road for the A228. This will enable more new homes to be built.
What we are seeking to do through the NP is to influence the shape and form of any new development, such that it can be the very best it can for High Halstow. We hope to influence the design and layout of any development, mix and type of uses, how we can improve community facilities and protect green spaces, and how we can make it easier for people, of all ages, to move around. The NP is a very real opportunity to steer the future of High Halstow, so that we can plan the best for our community. It is therefore really important that you are involved and let us know what you think – your thoughts will help shape the NP.
Local Green Spaces
A key message coming out of the previous consultation was the importance of protecting green spaces. Through the NP we have the ability to designate “Local Green Spaces”, which have strong protection in national planning policy. We need to be able to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:
- it should be in reasonably close proximity to the community it serves;
- it should be demonstrably special to a local community and holds a particular local significance, for example because of its beauty, historic significance, recreational value (including as a playing field), tranquility or richness of its wildlife; and
- it should be local in character and not an extensive tract of land.
We have mapped what we believe to be important Local Green Spaces in High Halstow that should be protected through the NP, for example the Recreation/cricket ground, Forge Common, recreation area off Topley Drive. These are in addition to the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), RAMSAR (designated of international environment importance) and other nationally protected sites. Please let us know what other areas you think should be protected. For more information about recommended green spaces please go to making local green space designations in your area
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