Next step in Aldingbourne neighbourhood plan

TWO major initiatives in the next week will move Aldingbourne residents a step closer to having more control over building schemes.

A household survey is being launched to gather the views of villagers about the future of their area, to be included in its neighbourhood plan.

It is co-inciding with two consultation events about the matter.

The first will take place from 3pm-8pm on Thursday (September 11).

The second will be from 11am-4pm on September 13.

Both will be held at Westergate Methodist Church on the A29.

Laurie Ward is a member of the neighbourhood plan team.

He said: “All residents of the parish, which includes Westergate, Woodgate, Norton and Aldingbourne villages, will receive the survey.

“The team are keen to express the importance of the survey and people taking the opportunity to have their say and affect the policies for their villages.

“The consultation events are designed to give everyone an opportunity to ask questions and participate in giving practical feedback about where affordable housing should be located and which areas should be protected for wildlife, recreation and flood prevention.”

The volunteers on the Aldingbourne neighbourhood plan team want to push the plan to referendum.

If it is accepted by villagers, it will give them more control over future applications by developers and it will carry weight when Arun District Council’s local plan land-use blueprint is examined by a planning inspector on its way to determining development in the district.

The survey and consultations are the next formal stage towards a neighbourhood plan.

More details from: laurenceward162@btinternet.com.