Rampton & Woodbeck Parish Council

Serving the people of Rampton & Woodbeck

Clerk: Mr Ed Knox
24 Allison Avenue, Retford
Nottinghamshire DN22 7JS

Tel: 01777 711579

Rampton & Woodbeck Neighbourhood Plan

The production of the Rampton and Woodbeck Parish Neighbourhood Plan is being led by a Steering Group comprising of a small Working Party of local volunteers , with the support of the Rampton and Woodbeck Parish Council.
The success of the plan will rely on ongoing input and support from local residents, businesses, land owners, and other organisations active within the parish.
Opportunities will be provided for ALL members of the community to engage in and inform the production of the plan.

If YOU would like to get involved in the process, have your say on future development, and help the Parish Council to plan the future of the area then please engage in the consultation activities over the next few months or email us:

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The Neighbourhood Plan for Rampton and Woodbeck

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans are a means by which local communities can have some control over future planning developments. They cannot prevent new developments but they can dictate what form those developments may take, for example affordable starter homes rather than "executive" luxury housing or in-fill rather than greenfield developments. When passed and approved by the local authority they are a legally enforceable document.

What is the process?

The Parish Council or a delegated sub-committee, (as is the case in Rampton and Woodbeck), of councillors and local residents are responsible for a process of public consultations and surveys to establish what sort of housing developments residents would like to see in their neighbourhood. Just as importantly, what they don't want to see developed. As a result of these consultations a Neighbourhood Plan is drafted and presented to the Parish Council for approval or redrafting. When approved the Council submits the Plan to the District Council for their approval. An important point here is that when drafting the Plan it must be consistent with the District Councils overall Plan for Bassetlaw. When passed by the District Council the Plan then must go to an external assessor before reaching the final stage of a referendum for residents to either approve or reject the Plan. We currently estimate this process should take eighteen months.

Results of the first survey

Last year we carried out a survey of all households in Rampton and Woodbeck. Although the response rate was low we have been infomed that a low response is not uncommon and not unique to Rampton and Woodbeck.

What people most liked about living in Rampton and Woodbeck was the rural atmosphere, easy access to the countryside and local village facilities but what they most disliked were poor public transport, pot holes/poor road maintenance and speeding vehicles, concerns that were repeated later in the questionnaire.

The sorts of developments that respondents most would like to see were family housing, low cost housing and bungalows. There was little or no support for luxury housing, care homes, flats or three storey houses.

Respondents would most prefer developments to be a number of smaller developments, conversion of existing buildings, in-fill developments or on brownfield land. There was little or no support for developments on greenfield and countryside sites and for larger developments. Unsurprisingly, there was a clear majority in agreement with the statement "new development should respect the local character, landscape and heritage of the Parish"..

All respondents agreed with the two statements that the Plan should "protect our natural environment such as public rights of way, trees, hedgerows, local wildlife and woodlands" and "protect our existing community facilities and green spaces like the Village Hall and playing fields". Over half agreed with the statement: "areas should be developed for renewable energy development". The principal concerns of the respondents about future developments were: impact on drainage and flooding, effects on road junctions/traffic and impact on the natural environment.

The sorts of facilities and amenities that the respondents would like to see in the Parish were improved bus service, improved broadband and healthcare facilities. The respondents prioritised addressing the following transport issues: improved road maintenance, speed of vehicles through the Parish and more off-road parking.

What are the next stages?

We are currently at the early stages of writing the first draft of the Plan which will be substantially informed by the results of the survey. When complete, a summary of the Plan will be delivered to all households within Rampton and Woodbeck and residents will be invited to comment on it. Electronic copies of the full Plan will be available on request and from the Parish Council website. Open days will be held at both Rampton and Woodbeck for residents to discuss the Plan further and suggest amendments or additions. Based on the feedback from local residents the Plan will be redrafted before submission to the Parish Council. We will advertise the dates and venues for the next round of public consultations in the Roundabout and Parish Council website.

Call for Sites

LOCAL CALL FOR SITES

Minutes

Minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Meetings

Previous Updates

Jan 2018

And the winner is…

Elizabeth Russell-Duncombe – congratulations!!
£50 prize for returning your Rampton and Woodbeck Neighbourhood Plan survey is winging its way to you.

Thank you to all who returned their questionnaires.