The Neighbourhood Plan – Town Council Approved!

The Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan was approved by the Town Council last Monday night for official submission to Waverley Borough Council on the next stage of its journey into planning law. The Working Party (comprising Haslemere Vision volunteers and Town Councillors) had worked long and hard to incorporate changes suggested by residents during the Regulation 14 consultation which concluded in May this year. Several Councillors spoke in favour of what was felt to be a much-strengthened document, testament to the power of community collaboration.

Particular mention should be made of Haslemere Vision’s Biodiversity team who worked tirelessly to strengthen the Environmental policies in response to residents’ concerns. Their work was helped enormously by the engagement of dedicated and professional ecologists who have identified and mapped important wildlife corridors in the area. The funding to make this happen was supplied by the Haslemere Society, Haslemere Town Council, the Lob’s Charity and CPRE Surrey, for whose support we are incredibly grateful.

We were also really pleased to see so many residents present at what we believe to be the very first online Extraordinary General Meeting of the Town Council, all tuning in to see the Plan being approved. Your support was really, really, welcome and it was fantastic for Councillors to see the level of interest the community have in shaping the future of our town and villages. Haslemere Mayor, Cllr. John Robini, who has championed the Plan throughout the Reg 14 consultation and resulting review, said that he’d like to thank “the residents of Haslemere, who through their participation in the various consultations, have shaped a landmark Plan for the town”.

Now of course, our attention turns to Waverley as they consult on our Plan. It coincides somewhat with WBC’s consultation on their Local Plan Part 2, which does contain sites exterior to the settlement boundaries set out in the Neighbourhood Plan. This consultation launched Friday 27th November and the community is invited to make their feelings, for or against, clear at www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2 before it closes in January. Of course, the Local Plan Part 2 document contains more than site allocations and Haslemere Vision volunteers will be going through it with a fine tooth comb to assess its impacts. We will update you with that review in the next couple of weeks and we hope that you will find the insights gleaned useful if you wish to respond to their consultation individually.

The Neighbourhood Plan – The Next Step

The Steering Group are thrilled to announce that the Neighbourhood Plan is coming before the full town council at 7pm next Monday, 30th November, on the next step of its journey to becoming legislation. It will hopefully be approved by Councillors, who will then officially submit it to Waverley Borough Council. WBC will open up the Plan for wider public comment, before putting it forward for Planning Inspector review and bringing it to referendum.
As we’re sure you can imagine, this is an important moment for us. Whilst the Plan was handed over to HTC leadership in May last year, there has been much hard work since, working with the HTC Working Party to bring the Plan through its statutory consultation and to action amendments in response to feedback.
We will be watching the meeting with bated breath and hope other interested members of the public will join us online to witness this historic moment. The meeting agenda, together with details of how to join is available here: https://www.haslemeretc.org/uploads/1/1/5/9/115942197/2020-11-30_extraordinary_council_agenda.pdf and the amended Plan submitted for approval is available here: https://www.haslemeretc.org/uploads/1/1/5/9/115942197/appendix_1_-_2020-11-09_draft_haslemere_np_ver_2020.5_for_htc_egm.pdf
Particular mention must be made of Haslemere Vision’s Biodiversity team who have worked tirelessly to strengthen the Environmental policies in response to residents’ concerns – helped enormously by the engagement of dedicated and professional ecologists. The funding to make this happen was supplied by the Haslemere Society, Haslemere Town Council, the Lob’s Charity and CPRE Surrey, for whose support we are incredibly grateful.
Once the Neighbourhood Plan process settles down a bit, we will write with an update on all the initiatives and projects that the Vision team have been pursuing with our remaining vigour! In the meanwhile, we look forward to seeing some of you online on Monday 30th.

NOTICE OF THE GENERAL MEETING

A general meeting for Haslemere Vision Limited will be held via Zoom (online meeting) on Thursday 15th October, 2020 at 7.30 pm. The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Review and approve the minutes of the AGM held on 18th July 2019
  2. Receive the Report and Accounts for the financial year ended 5th April 2020.
  3. Results of the election of the six directors of the company including the Chairman,
    Vice-Chairman and Treasurer.
  4. Results of the election of Steering Group members (Management Committee).
  5. Any other business.

To accompany the AGM, please refer to the Directors Report for 2020.

Please rsvp to info@haslemerevision.org.uk to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

Response to Scotland Park Planning Application

Haslemere Vision do not usually respond to individual planning applications however, the above application included a number of inaccuracies pertaining to the Neighbourhood Plan. An official statement was therefore made to the Haslemere Planning and Highways Committee meeting on the 10th September 2020, to correct several of the claims made by the applicant and to outline where development plans have disregarded the founding principles of the community’s Neighbourhood Plan. 

A submission has also been made to Waverley Borough Council in advance of their consideration of the proposal. This can be found at: 

http://planning360.waverley.gov.uk/civica/Resource/Civica/Handler.ashx/Doc/pagestream?cd=inline&pdf=true&docno=8003997 

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Surveys

Haslemere’s achieved the largest response levels to a Plan consultation in the area, but we want to show local authorities and Planners exactly how much we care. It is important that as many residents or workers participate as possible. Please respond by completing the following surveys

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Webinars

Haslemere Town Council together with Haslemere Vision have extended the period of consultation to the end of May 2020.

We are also very keen to receive as many responses to our Neighbourhood Plan consultation as possible.

We are running a series of webinar events. Please do sign up and get involved!

  • Thursday 14th May 7pm
  • Saturday 16th May 10am

To register for these events, email info@haslemerevision.org.uk now!

See fb.com/haslemerevision for more information

The Vision: On Public View

This spring Haslemere Town Council is launching a comprehensive public consultation on our first Neighbourhood Plan, to be held over eight weeks, from 2nd March to 27th April 2020. The process aims to ensure that all those (16+) who live or work in the area are given the opportunity to directly influence the Plan’s Vision for the future of the town and its surroundings. Responses will play a vital role in helping shape future planning decisions at local and regional level.

The consultation marks a special point for the 80+ volunteers responsible for the Plan’s inception as it represents a handover of responsibility from community advocacy group Haslemere Vision, to Haslemere Town Council. Whilst The Vision will continue to provide stewardship and advice, Town Councillors are taking the reins to steer the Plan to completion. Mayor John Robini, who is personally chairing the working party taking the Plan forward says, “our aim is a Plan that will help deliver the long-term goals of a balanced and vibrant neighbourhood”.

The Plan has been six years in the making, including a lengthy process of detailed research and widespread consultation to ascertain the priorities and needs of the community, and it identifies the following key objectives:

  • To encourage development that meets Haslemere’s housing needs whilst protecting the character of the area. In particular to encourage development of more homes for young people, local workers and homes suitable for downsizers.
  • To protect and enrich our green spaces and the natural environment that surrounds us.
  • To re-balance road use, limiting the adverse impact of motor vehicles by improving provision for off-street parking and/or improving facilities for alternative forms of transport.
  • To protect existing employment and to encourage the development of a more diverse range of local employment opportunities to create an increasingly vibrant and sustainable community.

A key aim of the Plan is to ensure that delivery of housing allocations proposed in Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan takes these objectives into account. The policies within the Plan require future developments to make the best possible use of Haslemere’s scarce land resources and protect the town’s rural character, setting and environment.

Exactly how such matters will be prioritised, the nature of future development and how it is to be decided is a vital aspect of the public consultation and why it is especially important for residents to participate. Collation of public views, both supportive and negative, will inform amendments or changes to the draft Plan. Public participation is crucial to ensure that future planning reflects and directly represents the majority of the wishes and preferences of Haslemere residents.

The adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan also has important strategic funding implications. Presently, Waverley Borough Council places a Community Infrastructure Levy on all developments, of which Haslemere Council currently receives 15% (capped in the case of large developments). With the adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan, more responsibility for decision-making will devolve to Haslemere Council and the amount of Infrastructure Levy it receives will rise to 25%, with no cap. With better funding, the area will have more options to undertake exciting new projects or partner with Borough and County Councils to deliver larger schemes.

The Neighbourhood Plan will be available in full (and in a digestible summary) from 2nd March at www.haslemeretc.org/neighbourhood-plan together with an online survey that will collate public responses. Physical copies of it will be available at Haslemere Library, Haslemere Town Hall, Grayswood All Saints Church, Haslemere Museum, the Station Information Hub, Haslewey, the Hindhead Cookie Bar and the Hub in Beacon Hill. Hard copies of the survey can also be collected from these locations, but should be returned to the Town Council offices.

In addition, all are welcome to view the Plan, ask questions and complete surveys at the following public drop-in events:

  • The Town Hall: 7th March 11am-3pm
  • Train Station Hub: 16th March 4.30pm-7.30pm
  • Haslewey: 26th March 12pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm
  • Hindhead British Legion: 31st March 3.30pm-8pm
  • Grayswood Club: 8th April 10.30am-12pm

Following this consultation process, the Plan will be submitted to WBC who will invite further comment before passing it to an independent examiner who will hopefully approve it for referendum. If a simple majority of residents vote YES at referendum, the policies within the Plan will have legal effect and will apply to all planning applications in the area. Both Haslemere Town Council and Waverley Borough Council will be obliged to use them as they evaluate proposals in key areas of housing, land use, transportation and in the conservation and enhancement of Haslemere’s unique rural character and environment.

Completing the Plan has been a great achievement and the Town Council wishes to thank all those volunteers who have played their part in its preparation. Having now adopted the Plan, Haslemere Town Council are proud to commend it to all who live and work in the area and urge all to respond to the consultation at www.haslemeretc.org/neighbourhood-plan when it opens on the 2nd March 2020.

Vision into Action

As Haslemere Town Council takes the lead in the final stages of consultation that will bring the Neighbourhood Plan to referendum Haslemere Vision will work to promote action on key community projects that have been identified by responses to its six year community engagement programme. To hear how Haslemere Vision plans to turn Vision into Action residents and organisations in Haslemere and the surrounding area are invited to attend the Haslemere Vision AGM at 8:00pm on Thursday 18th July at the Georgian Hotel.

On 21st March 2019 Haslemere Town Council (HTC) adopted the draft Neighbourhood Plan (NP) and will shortly seek the views of the wider community in an 8 week public consultation. It will then make any changes necessary to the draft as a result of the public response and submit it to Waverley for the final stages of its journey to referendum.

A small Haslemere Vision team will continue to support HTC through the remainder of the NP process but its main focus will turn to stimulating and working with all stakeholders to facilitate action on projects, identified in our consultations as important to the future of Haslemere*, such as new walking and cycling routes or development of the Wey Hill Fairground. These projects will only happen if we, the community, make them happen.

The Haslemere Vision Steering Group, invigorated by a strong intake of new recruits, is up for the challenge and now seeks volunteers to join the Steering Group or one of its project action groups.

To find out more about Haslemere Vision’s plans for the future and how you can become part of the action the Steering Group invites all who are interested to join then at 8:00pm at the Georgian Hotel on Thursday July 18th

* For the full list of projects go to  https://www.haslemeretc.org/ for a link to the Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Updated Privacy Policy

At Haslemere Vision, we’ve always taken data protection seriously. We’ve just been working to make sure we meet the requirements of the GDPR, the new European data protection law coming into force on 25 May 2018. As part of this work, we’ve updated our privacy policy to give you more insights into how we process your personal data.
We’d like to let you know about these updates to our Privacy Policy for users, and invite you to take a look at it when you have a moment. The changes took effect on 18 May 2018.

We’ve improved the wording of our Privacy Policy to make it easier for you to understand how we handle your personal data, and we’ve also made it more detailed and specific.
The most important changes include:
• We set out exactly what types of information we collect, when, and detail what we use your personal information for
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