Plan calls for fast internet for Yapton

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FASTER broadband is one of the policies for the future of Yapton on show this weekend.

Residents will have the chance to have their say about possible housing sites at the drop-in day on Saturday (November 30).

It is being held from midday-6pm at Yapton Village Hall to enable villagers to see the draft neighbourhood plan.

MP Nick Gibb will be attending the event at the opening.

The plan has been produced by a group of residents to guide the area through the challenges of the next 15 years.

Deborah Robinson, the group’s chairman, said: “We are delighted to be able to present the first draft of our neighbourhood plan to the village.

“Community engagement has been a fundamental part of the process.

“All of our previous consultation has been poured into this document. We hope as many villagers as possible will come along to tell us what they think.

“Our neighbourhood plan is being put together by local people for local people. So, have your say on how we shape the final version of it.”

The plan can also be viewed on the group’s website at

It proposes several sites for small-scale development, the preservation of the village boundaries and the establishment of better broadband internet connections.

They are among the proposals which establish a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of the village for the next ten to 15 years.

Once the draft version is finalised, people living and working in the village will be invited to go to the polls and vote on its contents in a referendum.

Approval by a majority will lead to the plan being formally adopted by Arun District Council and become a material consideration when it considers future planning matters in Yapton.

Neighbourhood planning is one of the new community rights brought in by the government to give people more say about their area.

It puts communities in charge of setting out the homes, shops and amenities they want in their vicinity. well into the next decade.

More than 500 communities around the country are working on similar plans for their areas.

They include several in the Bognor Regis area, such as Bersted, Barnham and Felpham.