A Neighbourhood Plan - Is it for Crowhurst?
  
How might a Neighbourhood Plan help us decide about housing developments in Crowhurst ?
Rother District Plan says Crowhurst must build a minimum of 20 houses. With a neighbourhood
plan we can have a say in where they go and what type and style of house we get!
 
Where do you think future development sites could or should be – big or small ?
A Neighbourhood Plan will give us all a chance to decide, by talking to each other, surveys,
exhibitions and finally a Village Referendum ! Are there sites not yet considered – could local
landowners come up with other options for us?
 
The pub, the Village Hall, youth and community facilities, green spaces, footpaths, allotments,
traffic  improvements and other ideas could all be part of our plan. What do you think might be best for Crowhurst ?
 
Is a Neighbourhood Plan the same as our Village Action Plan ?
No! It gives everyone (young and older), an opportunity to talk together, develop ideas, share skills and share planning. The process of creating a neighbourhood plan requires everyone to be consulted and needs to be supported by the Parish Council. The neighbourhood plan will only be adopted if there is a 50% or more Yes vote for the final version in a referendum (ie. If 50% of those who vote say yes, the Plan will be “adopted” by Rother District Council). Rother has a duty to support us to create our neighbourhood plan, which once approved, becomes a legal document. This means that it must be considered alongside other government/local policies when Planning Permission is sought.
 
What will be the impact on flood risks, local traffic car parking or amenities ?
The village could decide what our priorities are, rather than Rother or developers, although this must fit within the wider Rother District Plan.
 
Are there financial benefits in having our own Neighbourhood Plan ?
A higher percentage (25%) of the community infrastructure levy, charged to
developers by Rother, comes to the village for projects. Without a neighbourhood plan, Rother gets to decide where a lower percentage (15%) of the money goes.
 
Any Disadvantages ?
A neighbourhood plan takes work, time and money to put together. There is a grant to help buy in expertise. Most importantly, local skills and expertise play the largest part.
 
The effort that is needed to create a neighbourhood plan could really bring our community together and give us a strong say in future changes in the Village.
 
How do I get involved ?
Come to one of our monthly meetings. See our website, Crowhurst News or posters about the Village for dates. Join our email list to get updates and information.
 
Or contact Ros on 01424 830616 or  Tracy on 01424 830 020
Blog for online comments: Neighbourhood Plan BLOG

There is also a folder at The Plough Inn that has information, and minutes of meetings, for the Neighbourhood Plan.
 
Further Info:
The Locality website gives a very good guide on neighbourhood plans  http://locality.org.uk/projects/building-community/   And more information can also be found on the Rother website:   http://www.rother.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans  

Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan
Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan
Process, Structure and Terms of Reference
The diagram below shows how the Neighbourhood Plan Process will work and how the various components interact with each other. (The complete Terms of Reference for Crowhurst Neighbourhood Planning can be accessed fron the Policies and FAQs page of this website). 
Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO?​

TASK GROUPS

There are several task groups in which Crowhurst resident volunteers work on issues like communications, land use, heritage and the environment  These groups will make a huge contribution to the final Neighbourhood Plan document. 

POLICIES AND FAQS

This page contains the legal stuff! Our policies, data protection information, terms of reference and frequently asked questions about the Neighbourhood Planning Process. 

COMMUNITY GALLERY

Your pictures of our village.  Views, buildings, sheep, trees, dogs..... we want to see what makes you happy about Crowhurst. Please send you photos to :

Towards the end of 2016 we met with staff and pupils at Crowhurst Primary School and Claverham. Given that our consultation  with local schools will be ongoing we have created a new dedicated website page links, notes and information about our school visits. 


Useful links:
For more information on the Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan application please see: 

For more information on our Neighbourhood Plan process and to access minutes of all previous meetings please see either of the links below:

Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan Timeline

The diagram below shows the schedule of events that contribute to the process of creating a neighbourhood plan for Crowhurst. 

Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan Timeline
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE DETAILED TIMELINE AND PROJECT PLAN YOU CAN DOWLOAD IT HERE.



( THIS IS AN EXCEL SPREADSHEET FILE)
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Project Plan and Timeline Updates

We  try to regularly update the Project Plan and Timeline so you can see our progress towards a Neighbourhood Plan in bite-size pieces. Please bear in mind that we are a small voluntary team and at particularly busy stages of the process these updates may not be as regular as we would like.  However, you can ALWAYS RELY ON THE STEERING GROUP MINUTES for updates because these are posted monthly on the Steering Group Page. ( Downloads below are Word Documents)
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2017
UPDATE MARCH 2017
UPDATE DECEMBER 2016
UPDATE NOVEMBER 2016
UPDATE OCTOBER 2016
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2016
UPDATE JULY 2016