Over the last year, there has been a lot of “evidence gathering” for the various parts of the plan, with a steering group and topic groups overseeing various areas of research, covering the topics of housing, green spaces, local economy, local character, traffic and parking, amenities and services. The results have now been analysed and the Plan is being drafted…
What research has been undertaken?
Research has included the following:
- A commissioned Heritage and Character Assessment
- A residents’ survey delivered to every household in Limpsfield and available on-line
- A business survey of all the businesses operating from commercial premises in the parish
- Letters to 80 statutory consultees
- Meetings with key stakeholders, including British Telecom, Diocese of Southwark, East Surrey College, Environment Agency, Historic England, Limpsfield C.E. Infants School, National Trust, Oxted Health Centre, Surrey County Council, Surrey Hills (AONB), Tandridge DC and Titsey Estate.
What were the results?
Over 1,400 Paper Surveys Copies were delivered and the survey, hosted by survey monkey, was also presented for online participation. Despite its considerable length, 425 Surveys in total were completed – 284 Paper Copies and 141 online. However due to the number of open questions, there were also over 400 “essays” (to quote the LPC) to wade through!
AECOM, the largest Public Planning consultancy in UK was commissioned to help prepare the survey and then to analyse the results.
The results and initial recommendations for the Plan, plus immediate projects for implementation are available on the Neighbourhood Plan website – www.limpsfieldnp.org.
You can also download the presentation Limpsfield Parish Council – NP Overview 12.4.2018.
What are the next steps?
These results will now form the basis for the draft plan. Once drafted, the plan must be accepted by the Parish Council and will then enter a public consultation period. This will begin at the end of May and will last for 6 weeks.
This public consultation is your chance to comment on the draft contents and in order to facilitate this, a 4-page Neighbourhood Plan summary document and questionnaire will be delivered to every household in the parish.
The full Neighbourhood Plan document will be available to view in Oxted Library and online (via the Neighbourhood Plan website) with a linked online survey for your comments.
If you’d like to talk to councillors face to face about the plan, then Limpsfield PC will be hosting an information stall at both the Limpsfield Village Fete (Glebe field) and the Chart Fair (St Andrew’s) in June.