News Update - October 2017
After five years of research, listening to village residents, policy writing and consultations, the Westcott Neighbourhood Plan is ready for Westcott people to have our final say. Thank you, everyone, who has volunteered, responded to surveys and given us their opinions – we have valued every one.
If approved by the village, the plan aims to protect our community buildings, shops and our green spaces, as well as encouraging more car parking and making sure that any new proposals for housing meet the needs of Westcott residents. The full plan is here.
On Thursday 23rd November, Westcott residents will get the chance to decide on the plan through a village-wide referendum, with voting taking place at St John’s Chapel and at the Reading Room from 7am to 10pm. Please do take your chance to vote on the future of our village.
News Update - February 2017
News Update - November, 2016
The members of Westcott Village Forum are delighted to announce that, following the extensive draft plan consultation work undertaken in 2015 and feedback and support from Mole Valley District Council, the latest version of the draft Westcott Neighbourhood Development Plan has been provided to the Statutory Authorities and significant local landowners for their consultation, as required by the Neighbourhood Planning process.
Residents and businesses of Westcott are invited to view and comment on this version of the plan which is available here.
All comments are welcomed and must be received Friday 10 February 2017.
Email your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The village referendum on the plan is expected to be held by early 2018.
News Update - January, 2015
Thank you to those residents that have responded to the consultation and/or attended the exhibition earlier this month. The consultation period formally ends on the 21st January so comments are still welcome. The next meeting of the Forum will take place on Monday 26th January, 2015, 8pm at St Johns' Chapel. Please click here for the agenda.
News Update - November, 2014
Following the meeting of the Westcott Village Neighbourhood Forum on the 20th October the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan has been published and can be viewed by clicking on the link above.
News Update - July, 2014 (2)
Please click here for the article appearing in the Parish Newsletter written by Tim Way, Chairman of the Westcott Village Neighbourhood Forum.
News Update - July, 2014
The Village Forum met on the 23rd June and minutes will be available to read shortly. Residents may be interested in viewing the presentation that was made to members on Drafting the NDP and also the MVDC publication "Larger Rural Villages Character Appraisal"with specific reference to Westcott.
The next meeting of the Village Forum will take place on Monday 22nd September, 2014 at 7.30pm.
MVDC has asked the Forum to promote a series of drop-in events where they will be presenting their "Housing and Traveller Sites Plan - Additional Sites" consultation. Further details can be found here.
News Update - June, 2014
The next meeting of the Village Forum is due to take place on Monday 23rd June at 19.30 at St John's and I wanted to encourage you to attend, and to encourage others from all sectors of the village (particularly the younger generation) to attend, and enter into the discussion about what we want to see as the focus for the village over the next 10-15 years.
At a meeting of the team leaders on 28th May we took the Village Survey results and identified four key areas to be addressed in the NDP
1. Housing stock - what type of housing the village feels is needed, how we ensure any development blends with the current architectural and historical character of the village, and size and scale of any development are all issues to be considered.
2. Community facilities - what facilities do residents want, where do they want them, how do we ensure they provide optimum usage, how do we ensure that the facilities are fit for purpose and future proofed, and are there opportunities to focus more of the needs of the village on fewer sites.
3. Car Parking - probably the single biggest issue to be addressed in the village. Where, how, and for whom are the key questions.
4. Commercial - what opportunities are there to support existing commercial premises in the village but managing opportunities to provide a broader range of commercial ventures suggested by residents from the survey.
The NDP is the real focus of the Forum, and after the unwelcome interruption of the Green Belt Boundary Review, we are keen to start developing a plan for the future of the village.
Please find time to look in detail at the results which Chris Smewing and Andrea Gabb have spent so much time in pulling together and summarising for you and come along to the meeting with friends to share your thoughts.
Chairman, Westcott Village Neighbourhood Forum