Brendon Hills Somerset
Why do we need a Parish Plan?
The Government’s Rural White Paper 2000 provided rural communities with an opportunity to influence their local environment, in the form of a parish plan. These holistic documents comprise the socio-economic and environmental issues of a community and their proposed remedies.
Parish plans give everyone in a community the opportunity to influence the development of their surroundings.
The parish plan gives the Parish Council a mandate to work towards improving the life of Nettlecombe residents and to respond to the future needs of the parish, by identifying needs and proposing socially based projects we can possibly attract funding to help achieve these objectives.
What will the Plan be like?
Like most parish plans ours will start with a description of the parish as it is now. This will include things like some relevant local history, the geographical and social nature of the Parish – Nettlecombe is unusual in that it is quite scattered; it has no village at its heart. A lot of the demographic detail to be used has been obtained from the Parish Questionnaire, in which you doubtless participated. The questionnaire has also revealed some concerns of parishioners, which we can incorporate in the Plan.
The whole of the plan will be lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps, both old and new. The editorial team are particularly interested in gaining access to historical maps and photographs which depict the parish; if you have any or know someone who has we would like to hear from you.
A portrait of our parish as it is now –
The first section of the plan will present a portrait of the parish:
The future of our parish –
The second section will concern the future of our parish:
The original purpose of parish plans was to influence local development within the Local Development Framework as defined by the area planning authorities. For Nettlecombe parish this is the Exmoor National Park and West Somerset Council. Their development policies make it unlikely that there will be any building development within the parish, so the emphasis of our plan is focused on social and environmental development, and we have evolved a list of aims, some of which are long term, but others are already being realised:
This website is one proposal within the plan. Already up and running, it is still in its infancy. It is a resource for locals and visitors alike; part notice-board, part directory.
It depends on local participation for its success, so parishioners need to be aware of its existence and to be encouraged to use it.
The Nettlecombe Parish Plan and its steering group is a continually developing thing; the published document will state how its progress is to be reviewed and continued into the future.
The participation of all parishioners is encouraged; if you have a view to express or would like to become involved in the future development of the plan get in touch through the parish website, the Parish Council, Pathways or direct to a` member of the steering group.
Please follow this link to view the Parish Plan: http://www.visitwestsomerset.co.uk/nettlecombepp.html
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