Public Question and Answer Session on 22 May 2018 at 7pm The
Harlington, Fleet Rd:
If you have any questions about the
Pre-Submission version of the Neighbourhod Plan or need clarification on
any points before you complete the questionnaire in the Fleet Town Talk
are invited to attend a Public Q and A session
1. The plan sets out the planning policies for a neighbourhood or area that are used to decide whether planning applications are approved.
2. It is written with input from the local community rather than the Local Planning Authority
3. Provides a powerful tool that ensures the community gets the right types of development, in the right places
Why do we need one for Fleet? In the past planning decisions have been made by the Government and by District/Borough Councils. While certain aspects of planning will remain at national and district level, the Neighbourhood Plan now gives us the opportunity to define the planning policies that are appropriate for our area. Importantly, a Neighbourhood Plan also carries legal weight.
What does it cover and what doesn't it cover? A Neighbourhood Plans only covers planning policies related to the use of land. It doesn't cover other issues, such as health, education or roads/transport, as these issues, although hugely important, are not directly related to land use. It can establish those important local policies that are critical to an area/Parish but it cannot contradict the Local Plan (produced by Hart District Council) or National UK policies that sit above it.
Why get involved? This is your chance to have a voice in the development decisions affecting our community and to help define the policies involved.
What has been happening so far? Over many months, a Working Group of volunteers and Fleet Town Councillors has been developing a Draft version of a Fleet Neighbourhood Plan with input from local organisations and voluntary groups. The Working Group is now seeking YOUR comments and feedback on the work so far.
What are the key points in the Plan for Fleet that you will be invited to comment on? Ensuring the Vibrancy and Vitality of the Town Centre As a result of extensive and recent housing development, particularly in surrounding parishes, Fleet's population is growing and more and more people will be looking to our town centre to provide the cultural and leisure amenities that they need now and in the future. The Town Centre part of the Plan, therefore, presents a vision for a vibrant "Civic Quarter" fit to serve our expanding population and acting as a key attractor for visitors. Conserving our local area A second key theme of the Plan seeks to ensure that any proposed new development within our Fleet Town Council area, and very particularly in our Conservation Areas, is sympathetic to the local character in scale, style and density. Protecting our green spaces The third theme is designed to protect and enhance our green spaces and the sylvan character of the town area as a whole.
So, what's next and how soon can I get Involved? The Town Council has now got to the important stage when they want to give ALL Fleet residents a chance to comment on the Draft version of the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan and the important issues contained in it.
A CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE WILL RUN FROM FRIDAY 4TH MAY - FRIDAY 15TH JUNE, 2018