Fleet Neighbourhood Plan
Your chance to have a voice on what Fleet will look like in the future!
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a document that:
- Sets out the planning policies for a neighbourhood or area that are used to decide whether planning applications are approved
- Is written with input from the local community – the people who know and love the area
- Provides a powerful tool that ensures the community gets the right types of development, in the right places
Why do we need one for Fleet?
In the past planning decisions have been made by the Government and by District/Borough Councils. While certain aspects of planning will remain at national and district level, the Neighbourhood Plan now gives us the opportunity to define the planning policies that are appropriate for our area. Importantly, a Neighbourhood Plan also carries legal weight.
What does it cover and what doesn’t it cover?
A Neighbourhood Plans only covers planning policies related to the use of land. It doesn’t cover other issues, such as health, education or roads/transport, as these issues, although hugely important, are not directly related to land use. It can establish those important local policies that are critical to an area/Parish but it cannot contradict the Local Plan (produced by Hart District Council) or National UK policies that sit above it.
Why get invloved?
This is your chance to have a voice in the developent decisions affecting our community and held define the policies involved.
What has been happening so far?
Over many months, a Working Group of volunteers and Fleet Town Councillors has been developing a Draft version of a Fleet Neighbourhood Plan with input from local organisations and voluntary groups. The Working Group is now seeking YOUR comments and feedback on the work so far.
What are the key points in the Plan for Fleet that you will be invited to comment on?
Ensuring the Vibrancy and Vitality of the Town Centre
As a result of extensive and recent housing development, particularly in surrounding parishes,
Fleet’s population is growing and more and more people will be looking to our town centre to provide the cultural and leisure amenities that they need now and in the future. The Town Centre part of the Plan, therefore, presents a vision for a vibrant “Civic Quarter” fit to serve our expanding population and acting as a key attractor for visitors.
Conserving our local area
A second key theme of the Plan seeks to ensure that any proposed new development within our Fleet Town Council area, and very particularly in our Conservation Areas, is sympathetic to the local character in scale, style and density.
Protecting our green spaces
The third theme is designed to protect and enhance our green spaces and the sylvan character of the town area as a whole.
So, what’s next and how soon can I get Involved?
The Town Council has now got to the important stage when they want to give ALL Fleet residents a chance to comment on the Draft version of the Fleet Neighbourhood Plan and the important issues contained in it.
A CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE WILL RUN FROM EARLY MAY - JUNE 2018
PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR THE QUESTIONNAIRE AND FURTHER INFORMATION IN OUR SPECIAL MAY EDITION OF “TOWN TALK”
A LINK WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE
Your Questions, Our Answers
Who is preparing the Neighbourhood Plan?
‘’A Steering Group consisting of interested members of the local community.‘’
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
‘’A Neighbourhood Plan is a formal spatial planning document whose core is a series of policies that will inform and control the use of land and development in our neighbourhood. ‘’
What will be included in Fleet’s Neighbourhood Plan?
‘’ * Town Centre – retail mix and community facilities
* Housing – development sites and mix of housing types
* Design – design principles and the protection of the individual character of areas in Fleet
* Green Infrastructure – protection and development of green spaces and conservation areas
The plan is taking as a major input, the various consultations residents have participated in on the Future of Fleet over the last 5 years. The Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group is currently working on the above 4 specific work streams which will all need to be evidence based.’’
Will the residents of Fleet be consulted about the contents of the Neighbourhood Plan?
‘’Yes. We expect to be able to present a draft Neighbourhood Plan to you during May 2018. This will be conducted as a formal consultation and all Fleet residents will be invited to let the Steering Group have their views.’’
Will the residents comments be included in the final Neighbourhood Plan?
‘’Yes. The feedback will be incorporated into a final Neighbourhood Plan that will be subject to a referendum. ‘’
If the residents of Fleet approved the Neighbourhood Plan for Fleet, how will it be used in the future?
‘’If supported by the majority of town residents, the plan will then be used by FTC and HDC as a key document in any planning and development proposals within the neighbourhood. ‘’
click here to view a copy of the Neighbourhood Planning Presentation