The first round of village consultation took place on October 2016, and asked villagers to tell us what they value about the village, what changes they would like, and what challenges and opportunities they think a Neighbourhood Plan ought to address. The Steering Group analysed the responses, and reported back to the village in a Newsletter in March 2017. As a result of this analysis, a number of "Key Themes" were identified that the Neighbourhood Plan needed to consider, and subgroups were created to carry out the analysis work on those key themes. In addition, it was decided to write a Place Appraisal; this is a document that records how the village is now (and how it came to be that way), and also identifies opportunities, options and challenges for the future development of the village.

From the analysis work done by all the theme subgroups, a number of important questions were identified where village opinion needed to be ascertained. So a second round of village consultation, asking much more detailed questions, was produced. This Stage 2 Consultation will take place between 1 December 2017 and 5 January 2018. A Newsletter was distributed in November 2017 advising villagers of this second round of consultation. In early December, a number of important documents were published:

  • The Place Appraisal was made available at the village coffee morning on the morning of 1 December 2017 at the Mission Hall, and copies were then available on loan from Steering Group members;
  • In the next few days after that, a Stage 2 Survey form was delivered to all households and to places of work in the village, along with a covering Letter. This survey form could be completed by any individual living or working in the village. Two copies were distributed per household but additional copies were available for larger households; we hoped thereby that as many villagers as possible, including youngsters, would respond to this important survey;
  • A Housing Needs Survey was delivered to all households, one per household. We asked any households to respond that believed they were likely to have a need for new housing (downsizing, upsizing, moving, new household units etc.) in the next 5 years.

These documents can be obtained via the Documents page. The Place Appraisal document is available as a PDF file that can be viewed or downloaded for printing, or as an interactive document that can be downloaded and then viewed in your browser.

The village gave an excellent response to this consultation exercise, ensuring that the Neighbourhood Plan can be written with a sound understanding of village aspirations and wishes. Over 260 survey forms were returned completed, well over 50% of the village's population. Preliminary analysis of the results has been completed and passed to the various Subgroups so that further research can be commissioned where necessary and the Policies and Neighbourhood Plan chapters can be drafted. Details of this initial analsysis can be found on the main Stage 2 Consultation page.