Village uses localism to influence future development
|Author: Gavin Moore||Published: 27th March 2017 09:33|
The wishes of Stoke Bruerne residents will be considered in all future planning decisions after the adoption of a village design statement (VDS).
Last week members of the South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) adopted the Stoke Bruerne VDS following a six week district wide consultation.
The VDS will now constitute supplementary planning guidance for any future development within the village.
Cllr Roger Clarke, SNC’s portfolio holder for planning and environments said: “This has been a unique opportunity for the Stoke Bruerne community to look at its own concerns and interests through a structured consultation process that has been driven and carried out by the community itself.
“It has enabled the village to engage, and influence their local planning authority, it will compliment wider development policy, and is an example of localism at its best.”
The VDS provides an analysis of the historical development of the village and its present day character, identifying important natural and built features and other defining characteristics.
In 2015 the parish council asked Stoke Bruerne residents to complete a questionnaire about the village which covered topics such as; future housing development, current housing stock, community engagement and their priorities for the village.
Of the 156 questionnaires delivered, 44 per cent were completed.
The Design Statement features guidelines which seek to ensure that the character and appearance of Stoke Bruerne is properly understood, considered, and enhanced through future development and changes.
This relates to all types of development including works by homeowners, developers, business and public bodies, all of which should reflect the special qualities of the village.
For more information on Village Design Statements in South Northants visit - http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/2394.htm