Neighbourhood Plan

Crudwell Parish Council has supported the development of a Neighbourhood Plan which delivers a vision for the parish and shapes the development and growth of the local area.
In delivering the Plan the Steering Group has carried out three major rounds of consultation designed to  gather the views and opinions of those who live, work or trade within the parish and also assessed the housing needs of the parish up until 2026.
The Plan includes a policy to develop the assessed requirement of 25  dwellings needed on a site to the North of the village in Tuners Lane. A unique Community Liaison Group of Steering Group members and Parish  Councillors is working with the site promotors to deliver a full planning application. This process is designed to ensure that the new dwellings are of acceptable design, affordability and sizes to meet the Parishioners wishes and preferences expressed during consultation.
Following a Referendum the Plan was “made” during May 2021 which means that it now forms part of the Wiltshire Council Development Plan and the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be given full weight when assessing planning applications that affect land in the Crudwell Neighbourhood Area. Having a made Neighbourhood Plan helps to ensure that we have much more control of any development in our Neighbourhood Area until 2026, when a new Neighbourhood Plan can be developed.
Click here to view the Neighbourhood Plan
If you require further info, please do get in touch!
(If you are using a mobile phone, those links may be at the very bottom of the page instead, just above the blue ‘Crudwell Photos’ area)
Steering Group Membership Update Fri, 30th Jul 2021 – Sian Burke-Murphy; who has led the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group from its inception has now stepped down as Chair.
We are all indebted to Sian who’s drive, inspiration and dedication has helped the Group to successfully achieve it’s  goal of a made Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan. We are pleased that Sian will remain as a Steering Group and Community Liaison Group member.
Steering Group Secretary; Cllr. Roy Lambley who has led on the Regulation 16 consultation and Referendum stages of the Plan was elected as the new Steering Group Chairman. Parish Clerk Lisa Dent was elected as Steering Group Secretary and Crudwell Flood Warden John McWilliam was co-opted as a Steering Group member.

Roy F Lambley – Neighbourhood Plan
Steering Group Chairman
Read full story > Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan ‘made’ latest news Sun, 23rd May 2021 – Following our announcement of the 11th May stating that the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan had passed  the 6th May Referendum with 83% of votes in favour, we are pleased to inform you that we have now received confirmation from Wiltshire Council that the Plan has been formally ‘made’. This means that our Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the Wiltshire Council Development Plan and the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be given full weight when assessing planning applications that affect land in the Crudwell Neighbourhood Area. Having a made Neighbourhood Plan helps to ensure that we have much more control of any development in our Neighbourhood Area until 2026, when a new Neighbourhood Plan can be developed.
For full details please see the Made Neighbourhood Plan and the Decision Statement from Wiltshire Council below.
Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Final Decision Statement (following referendum)
Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2026 (Made – May 2021)
Read full story > Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Referendum results Tue, 11th May 2021 – Following the referendum held on the 6th May, the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan has passed with the following result posted on Wiltshire Council’s website 9th May at: https://elections.wiltshire.gov.uk/Home/Division/5673
Yes 450 / No 83
The Plan will now be ‘made’, and become part of Wiltshire Council’s Local Plan.
We would like to thank all Crudwell residents who have helped with the plan, including the Steering Group members, over forty focus group members, our Parish Councillors, our local businesses and our retained planning consultant who has been funded by Government grants and by the Parish Council. We have also had excellent support from our link officer and the Neighbourhood Planning team at Wiltshire Council. And last but by no means least of course we thank the many Crudwell parishioners who have given their time generously during our consultation, helped in countless other ways and of course have voted in the Referendum.
While 450 parishioners (84% of those who voted and 50% of those on the electoral register) accepted that the plan is in the best interests of Crudwell we do understand that some of you are unhappy with the prospect of development in Tuners Lane. We can assure you that all views have been taken into account throughout, but at the end of the day we are required to have development of 25 houses and the Tuners Lane site, as one of only two sites which were deliverable by 2026, was chosen as demonstrably the more sustainable site in terms of access to facilities and traffic management. Included in the scope of the work are footway and parking improvements for Tuners Lane, funding for infrastructure including the school and possibly other village benefits.
The Community Liaison Group membership will include Tuners Lane residents and our flood warden. Working with the Parish Council and the flood warden we shall engage with Wessex Water in order that they take account for and remedy the existing flooding and sewage effluent episodes, which occur with heavy rainfall. The developers have to demonstrate that the development itself improves the current water run off from the site and does not cause flooding elsewhere but we do understand your concerns.
The need for a Neighbourhood Plan arose from discussions at a community gathering at the Mayfield Hotel in 2017, attended by over 40 residents, following which the Parish Council endorsed the idea and appointed a Steering Group to undertake the work. Since then Steering Group members, supported by 40 other local volunteers, have run public meetings, surveys, three major statutory consultations, gathered evidence as members of one of four thematic working groups, and organised 4 main exhibitions where you were invited to share your views.
We believe that the policies in the Plan, which have been designed with your input and requirements from our consultations, will facilitate the sustainable and scalable development of Crudwell through till 2026 and lay sound foundations for the future. Key to this are both our new Design Guide; to ensure that new buildings are in harmony with the village and street scene; and our unique Community Liaison Group. This body, comprising Steering Group members, Parish Councillors and residents will work with the site promoters to develop and agree details of a Tuners Lane planning application which will deliver high quality, well designed and realistically affordable houses. This will in turn lead to the tendering and appointment of a building firm to complete the development by 2026.
Many thanks again to all who have helped to make this happen.
Cllr Roy F Lambley; Secretary
Sian Burke Murphy; Chair
For CrudwellNeighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Read full story > Situation and Notice of Polling station – Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Tue, 27th Apr 2021 – Polling Station, Timings and Timetable
Re situation of polling station (Crudwell Villlage Hall) and the timings for poll (Crudwell Village Hall, 6th May 2021 7 am to 10 pm).
Timings for Proceeding also included.
Poll – Polling Station – Timetable
Lisa Dent – Clerk 
Crudwell Parish Council
Read full story > Referendum timings and info plus some FAQ’s Fri, 23rd Apr 2021 – Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan-IMPORTANT NOTICE
It’s time to have your say!  Reminder… voting for the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan
Referendum will take place on Election Day; 6th May 2021.
If you wish to vote, are a Crudwell Resident on the Electoral Register and have a postal
vote you must submit this to reach Wilts Council by 10pm on election day. You can
also vote in person at the polling station (Crudwell Village Hall) between 7am and
10pm on the 6th May 2021.
We have included some of our recent Frequently Asked Questions
which are also available on our website
Link to further information and FAQs
Read full story > CRUDWELL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM – 6TH MAY 2021 Sun, 28th Mar 2021 –
ON THURSDAY, 6TH MAY, THE REFERENDUM FOR THE CRUDWELL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN WILL TAKE PLACE.
TO VOTE BY POST YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE TUESDAY, 20TH APRIL.
IF YOU ARE A RESIDENT OF CRUDWELL PARISH AND ON THE ELECTORAL ROLL, IT’S TIME TO HAVE YOUR FINAL SAY!

 
The Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document that Wiltshire Council will use to make decisions on new development in Crudwell Parish.
A shortage of housing means that some development in Crudwell is necessary, especially to ensure that more people can stay living locally. The Neighbourhood Plan is our community’s answer to how much new housing Crudwell Parish can support, as well as the type, shape, and location of development that should take place based on the collected wishes of existing residents.
For example, the Neighbourhood Plan lays out which sites , of those made available by land owners , are appropriate for development and how that housing should be designed to be in keeping with the area.
The Plan also provides for what other amenities should be developed alongside housing to manage their impact and provide the right supporting infrastructure. This can mean things like traffic and pedestrian access and funding for leisure facilities, schools, utilities, and more.
Without a ‘made” Neighbourhood Plan, it is easier for developers to get planning permission for any amount or type of new housing anywhere in Crudwell. The Neighbourhood Plan provides the community with some control over the location and design of new development, and a say in how its impact should be managed.
YOUR VOTE IS IMPORTANT
The upcoming referendum will decide whether the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan becomes ‘made’ based on a vote by residents of Crudwell Parish. The Plan needs a simple majority – more than 50% – of ‘yes’ votes for it to become made as the area’s development plan.
If 50% or more of voters vote ‘no’, the Plan will not become ‘made’ and local development and planning decisions will be made without reference to the policies it lays out.
WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR OR AGAINST
While we urge residents to read the Plan in full, a summary of its specific findings and recommendations is provided below. The Plan determines:
How much new development is built
Following a housing needs assessment, the Plan finds that the Parish needs 20-25 additional houses up to 2026, of which eight must be affordable. Wiltshire Council had originally proposed an additional 40 houses.
Where new development is built
Following a call for sites for development from land owners, only two available sites were found to be feasible: Ridgeway Farm, Tetbury Lane and a site at the end of the existing housing on Tuners Lane. Splitting development across the two sites was considered but would not deliver the number of affordable houses we need.
An independent technical survey was then undertaken on both sites, based on which the site found to be the most sustainable was Tuners Lane. The key factors considered in the decision were safe pedestrian access, traffic volumes, existing development, and access to local amenities. The Tuners Lane site was also the most widely favoured by residents at the 2019 consultation.
Wiltshire Council had originally proposed that an additional 40 houses be built on Ridgeway Farm, Tetbury Lane, in addition to the ten houses already built. However, it was determined by Government Inspectors that our housing needs should instead be met through the emerging Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan.
What new development looks like
The Crudwell Design Guide lays out how any new developments should be designed to reflect the character of our Parish and the wishes of its residents, including types of materials, roofs, windows, placement, and style.
Specific policies to which developers must adhere
The Plan states specific requirements developers must meet to address issues such as flooding, sewerage, road safety and design. For example, to address flood risk, the plan mandates that rainwater run-off from any site development must be less than in its existing condition.
What infrastructure is provided alongside development, and how it is funded (CIL/S106)
Infrastructure improvements needed as a result of development are funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) or a more site-specific S106 Agreement. The local community receives some of the CIL money to spend on local initiatives, and when a Neighbourhood Plan is made, this increases from 15% to 25%. Development will also be subject to S106 payments, which could be used for things like improvements to Crudwell School
How planning and development decisions are made
The Plan includes a unique requirement for developers to work directly with a Community Liaison Group (to be formed of parishioners) and Parish Councillors to ensure that additional requirements including affordability, design, landscape protection and safe footpath access are all met.
 
HOW TO VOTE
BY POST
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Wiltshire’s Returning Officer is asking that as many people as possible register to vote via post. If you wish to do so, you can obtain a form at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote and submit it to Wiltshire Council by 4PM on Tuesday, 20th April.
 
IN PERSON
At Crudwell Village Hall Polling Station between 7am and 10pm on the 6th May 2021. Remember to bring proof of identity and home address.
 
For more information and FAQs go to www.my-crudwell.org/plan/
To view the plan in full on the Wiltshire Council website click here

Cllr. Roy Lambley, Secretary, Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Read full story > Neighbourhood Plan January 2021 Update Wed, 6th Jan 2021 – The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is pleased to report that the Independent Examiner appointed to consider the draft Neighbourhood Plan has concluded that it meets the basic conditions and has recommended to Wiltshire Council that it can proceed to referendum subject to some modifications.
The decision about whether the Plan proceeds to referendum ultimately rests with Wiltshire Council and, following their consideration of the Examiner’s Report and recommendations, Wiltshire Council has now issued a ‘Decision Statement’ which confirms that it can proceed.
The required modifications are now being made to the plan which will be returned to Wiltshire Council.
However, because of the Covid 19 pandemic, referendums cannot be held until at least May 2021. We will inform you of the referendum arrangements as soon as these are available from Wiltshire Council.
In the meantime, the Plan, having reached this stage, has a great deal of weight in decisions about planning applications, so it should already protect Crudwell from speculative planning applications that could come forward because Wiltshire Council’s housing land supply is below the required five years. With a made Neighbourhood Plan, speculative applications only become more likely to be approved when Wiltshire’s housing land supply is below three years, which is not the case.
Read full story > Tuners Lane meeting, subsequent press report and our response Fri, 14th Aug 2020 – It is of course inevitable that residents will have concerns about housing developments, particularly those which may be near to their own homes. In order to address this issue a socially distanced question and answer session for Tuners Lane residents was held in the parish allotments between 11am and 12:30pm on Saturday the 8th August.
Contrary to claims that there had been no consultation there has been very substantial engagement with residents throughout the past three years. Evidence of this is comprehensively detailed in the Consultation Statement on the Wiltshire Council portal at https://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk. The allocation of Tuners Lane was published in our Regulation 14 draft Neighbourhood Plan eight week consultation which commenced on the 8th November 2018.
Saturday’s event in the allotments was well attended by local residents and by Steering Group members who addressed a number of challenging questions posed by the residents! Many of the issues raised have previously been addressed in the FAQ section of the my-crudwell website at http://www.my-crudwell.org/plan/faqs/.
A report/article of the meeting was posted on the Wilts and Glos Standard website and Facebook page on the 11th August 2020 and we are responding to that article as follows:
The article includes a number of points that we feel are inaccurate, particularly in relation to the need for the homes proposed at Tuners Lane, flooding and highways safety issues that stem from the development, so we would like to take this opportunity to correct those points.
In terms of the need for the houses, it is not correct that the Government requires every large village to provide an additional 20 homes by 2026. In fact, the detailed consultation undertaken by the Steering Group determined that the local community wanted more affordable homes. The best way to deliver those affordable homes is by allocating a site for 20 to 25 new houses, 40% of which will be affordable. 100% will be designed with the local community’s input, so we can influence the size, tenure and design of all of them, through a Community Liaison Group. If the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan does not allocate any land for new houses, then the local community risks losing control over where development goes.
Wiltshire Council planned to allocate a site for another 40 homes at Ridgeway Farm but later agreed to remove that allocation so that the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan could determine the number of homes needed locally and decide where they should go. A Government Inspector agreed that the neighbourhood plan should be left to make this decision too. So if the Neighbourhood Plan does not allocate a site, there is a chance that Wiltshire Council might allocate a site for us.
However, the greatest risk would come from developers submitting planning applications because it is easier for a developer to get planning permission for housing outside Crudwell’s settlement boundary if there is no Neighbourhood Plan with a housing allocation in place.
One of the main reasons that the expanded Ridgeway Farm plan was refused at appeal was because the appeal Inspector also thought that it would be best for the local community to decide where housing should go.
The Facebook article notes community concerns about flood risk. This is clearly a concern for all of us because of the flooding that has occurred in the past. We understand that.
Flooding can occur from rivers (or the sea), from surface water flows and from groundwater. In Crudwell’s case, flooding occurs because in heavy rain, surface water flows so fast from the land that the Swill Brook can’t cope. The surface water also gets into gaps in the sewer pipes, which caused the sewage overflows in the past. Wessex Water has fixed the leaks in the sewer pipes, so the sewage overflow should not happen again.
Surface water flows from any new housing site around Crudwell must be held on site and released only when the Swill Brook can cope. This is done either by creating a large green area that is designed to flood in wet weather, or by using underground tanks, normally under roads. These will be designed to store the rain that would fall in once in 100 years storm, and allowing for climate change too. This is required by policy DD1, which allocates the Tuners Lane site. This solution has also been deployed in Chapel Close, Tetbury Lane which also discharges into the Swill Brook to the north.
Additionally, policy IT1 ensures that any site that is developed in Crudwell includes the same measures to control surface water flows into the Swill Brook, to ensure that development improves the current situation rather than making it worse.
In terms of the concerns raised about road safety, one of the reasons that the Tuners Lane site was chosen over the Ridgeway Farm site is that it is easier to complete the footway from the Tuners Lane site to the A429 than it would be to complete the footway from the Ridgeway Farm site to the A429. The Tuners Lane site is also closer to more of the village’s facilities than the Ridgeway Farm site is.
The Steering Group looked at both Tetbury Lane and Tuners Lane to determine whether a footway could be built along the full length. It was concluded that this would be more difficult on Tetbury Lane because it was likely to result in the loss of a hedgerow on the southern side of Tetbury Lane, west of The Dawneys; it could only be delivered if a new priority chicane was introduced; it was likely to require the acquisition of third party land; and it was likely to be too expensive to deliver without compromising viability to deliver other community benefits.
In contrast, the footway can be completed from the Tuners Lane site to the A429 with stretches of footway 1.8m wide and independent consultants concluded there should be no need to remove the hedge to accommodate the visibility splay required at the entrance to the site. If a small amount of hedgerow did have to be removed, it could either be replanted within the Tuners Lane site or the footway could be delivered behind the hedge, also within the site.
The Neighbourhood Plan also includes a policy – IT2 – which requires developers to demonstrate how pedestrians will safely access the parish’s facilities from the site.
We hope that this clarifies a few points that might be of concern to the local community, and we look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible by 24th August.
Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Read full story > Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Important Announcement Mon, 29th Jun 2020 – Wiltshire Council are now carrying out the final public consultation (called Regulation 16) on the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation period will run for eight weeks commencing 29th June until 5pm 24th August. The Neighbourhood Plan document set is available for you to access on the internet, or by printed copy on request from Wiltshire Council. For further information and to access the document set and the representation forms please see our Regulation 16 Consultation page.
Read full story > Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition, 8th December, 11am-2pm Tue, 4th Dec 2018 – Dear Parishioners,
Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition, 8th December, 11am-2pm
The formal stage of consulting on our Neighbourhood plan (regulation 14) will run from the 8th December until the 1st February 2019.
This will be your opportunity to read and feedback on the plans and policies put forward as a result of all the information and research gathered this past year.
We would like to invite you to our Neighbourhood Plan Exhibition on the 8th December, 11am-2pm at Crudwell Village Hall.
There will be displays for each of the key areas of the plan, explaining each policy put forward and the reasoning behind it. There will also be members of the steering group available to talk through and answer any questions you may have.
We will send you a copy of the neighbourhood plan and a feedback form on the 8th December should you be unable to make the event, or wish to read and feedback in your own time. We will be running further Q&A sessions in January (dates TBC).
We hope to see you on the 8th and look forward to hearing your views.
Sian Burke-Murphy – Chair, NHP Steering Committee
Mike Credicott – Crudwell Parish Councillor
Read full story > Neighbourhood Plan – Breaking News! Wed, 4th Jul 2018 – We are delighted to share with you that after our representations to yesterday’s Wiltshire Council Cabinet Meeting, the Ridgeway Farm Site Allocation has been removed from the Wiltshire Site Housing DPD. Whilst the final plan needs to be approved by Full Council next week, this is a really important milestone in our campaign to have our Parish’s voice heard.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council submitted to Wiltshire an objection on the basis that:

The is no Strategic Need for Wiltshire to allocate housing in Crudwell because supply in the Housing Market Area is good and the Wiltshire Core Strategy states that development in Large Villages should be limited to “small sites”.
Our Neighbourhood Plan is progressing extremely well and is planning to allocate a more proportionate size development within the Parish, taking into consideration local needs and local views.
The Council’s and Government’s Localism agenda is best served by allowing the Parish to determine its own future.

A lot of behind the scenes work has gone into getting to this stage. Cllr Berry has been working very hard to gain support from Cabinet members, however without the progress that has been made on the Neighbourhood Plan to date we wouldn’t be able to convince Wiltshire to allow us to determine our own destiny. Notably, one other Parish had their request turned down, because their Neighbourhood Plan wasn’t mature enough and did not contain the level of hard evidence we have been able to pull together.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been involved in the Neighbourhood Plan so far, including the Focus Group leads and members, and indeed everyone who has filled in a survey or attended a meeting – it all adds up!
The Crowdfunding was instrumental in our work so far. This enabled us to appoint a consultant who has continuously provided guidance on our representations and strategy. Thank you to all of you who donated to this.
The battle doesn’t end here. We need to continue work on the Neighbourhood Plan to ensure that we meet our end of the bargain and we will continue to work at pace to achieve this.
We are also aware that a planning application has been submitted for Ridgeway Farm for an additional 39 houses, however given that it is outside of the Settlement Boundary we are confident that it will be turned down. Once the application is published on the council website, we will be in touch regarding representations.
It’s precisely a year since we started on this journey with a meeting in the Mayfield House Hotel and the launch of our Crowdfunding initiative. Thank you for your continued support!
Yours Faithfully
Sian Burke-Murphy, Chair, Crudwell NP Steering Committee
Tristan Stevens, Vice-Chair, Crudwell NP Steering Committee
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Read full story > Joint Exhibition Update Thu, 17th May 2018 – Many thanks to those who attended the Joint Focus Group Exhibition last Saturday – around 70 in total. We were very encouraged by the level of interest shown. There was a real buzz of enthusiasm and involvement as people sought information, exchanged views and completed surveys on a range of issues relevant to future development in our community. Once the results have been analysed, they will be used to help shape our Neighbourhood Plan. If you were unable to get to the exhibition, the information on display in the village hall, together with the text of the surveys, are available on our website.
Here are some of the key issues with which people engaged on the day:

The relative merits of proposed development sites and architectural design in keeping with our rural parish, with a preference for small-scale sustainable growth expressed
The importance of supporting and enhancing local groups, businesses and our school
The level of interest in a community shop / hub and proposals on how this might be achieved
What existing facilities might be put forward as Assets of Community Value
Issues of road safety, including the desirability of further traffic calming measures, speed signage and the provision of a footpath along the full length of Tetbury Lane
Ongoing concern about flooding and sewerage
An improved public transport network, including better links with Kemble station
The protection of green spaces, open views and natural habitats, with any new buildings restricted in height.

The focus groups are now in the process of analysing the feedback received from parishioners. These findings, together with research already undertaken, will form the basis of the recommendations they will make to the steering group and will be valuable in identifying and developing the policies which will from a central part of our Neighbourhood Plan.
IMPORTANT: If you have not yet completed any of the surveys and would like to, they are available on our website. Topics cover Environment, Development and Design, Infrastructure and Transport and Community, Identity and Leisure.
Please note: the final deadline for completed questionnaires to be submitted online is FRIDAY 18th MAY.
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Tristan Stevens, Vice-Chair, Crudwell NP Steering Group
Read full story > Neighbourhood Plan – Joint Focus Group Exhibition, Materials Now Online! Tue, 15th May 2018 – First of all, thank you to everyone who attended the Joint Focus Group Exhibition last weekend. We were really pleased with the level of interest shown and we got some really useful feedback that we’re now busily incorporating into the Focus Group Reports.
For those who couldn’t make the event, we’ve put all of the content up online and also put the questionnaires up too, so you can still have your say! If you’ve already filled out the questionnaires in-person, then please don’t do so again.
The main Vision and Objectives are available at on the website and there is a short questionnaire at the bottom.
The following pages link to the four focus groups:

Community, Leisure and Identity
Development and Design
Environment
Infrastructure and Transport

Finally, for a consolidated list of all of the questionnaires, you can visit the consultations page which has a link to all six surveys.
I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of those who have been working hard over the last few weeks as part of the focus groups. I think there’s about 35 individuals who have put in a lot of their free time and the Steering Group and Parish Council are very grateful. We’re making great progress and are in a really good place with regards to having the material with which to start drafting the plan.
Remember, your feedback is invaluable in helping us to identify and develop the policies, which will form a central part of our Neighbourhood Plan. Please take the time to fill out the questionnaires if you haven’t done so already.
Yours Faithfully
Tristan Stevens, Vice-Chair, Crudwell NP Steering Committee
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Read full story > Hunter Page to present at Parish Council monthly meeting tomorrow evening (1st May 2018) Mon, 30th Apr 2018 – Dear Parishioners,
Four key representatives from Hunter Page and Edenstone will be attending the Crudwell Parish Council monthly meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday 1st May) at 7pm in the Village Hall.
They will be presenting revised plans for the proposed phase 2 development at Ridgeway Farm, to the Parish Council.
We have been unable to publicise this until now as Hunter Page only confirmed their attendance with the Parish Council late on Friday.
Given that the Ridgeway site is a proposed allocation in what is currently an emerging Wiltshire Site Allocations Plan, and that Hunter Page have offered this site in response to our Neighbourhood Plan  “Call for Sites”, it would be another opportunity for Parishioners to have a closer look at what they are proposing and to get an understanding of why they have launched this now rather than wait for the Neighbourhood Plan to make its recommendations.
Unfortunately Hunter Page are unable to attend the Neighbourhood Plan, Focus Group Exhibition this Saturday (5th) so please do go along to the Parish Council meeting tomorrow evening as well, if you can.
We hope that as many of you as possible can attend.
Best wishes
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Sian Burke-Murphy, Chair, Crudwell NP Steering Group
Read full story > Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan – Joint Focus Group Exhibition Sat, 21st Apr 2018 – Saturday 5th May in Crudwell Village Hall from 11.30am to 2.00pm
You are invited to drop in for an update on progress with the Neighbourhood Plan and the opportunity to express your views on the impact of future development in our community.

Look at details of the sites put forward in our Call for Sites and tell us which you think are the most suitable for development.
Consider information gathered by our focus groups on design and development, infrastructure and transport, community amenities, and environmental impact.

Let us know which ideas and proposals you are in favour of. You will be invited to rank different options in order of preference.
Your feedback will be valuable in helping us to identify and develop the policies, which will form a central part of our Neighbourhood Plan. Please come along, get involved and make your voice heard. The focus groups will be reporting on all their findings around the end of this month. Look out for further information on our website!
Yours Faithfully
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Sian Burke-Murphy, Chair, Crudwell NP Steering Committee
Read full story > Environmental Survey Sat, 21st Apr 2018 – Dear fellow Parishioners,
Your view about future development of our area is really important.
We’d be grateful if you could spend 10 minutes or so filling out this Survey which seeks your opinion on Environment related issues, by filling out the survey below.
Please submit your survey response (by clicking “Done” at the bottom of the survey), before Friday 27th April 2018.
Your input is very much appreciated. Thank you.”
Best wishes
Gabi Plews
Lead, Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Environment Focus Group
Create your own user feedback survey
Read full story > Broadband Survey Fri, 30th Mar 2018 – Please spend a couple of minutes filling in this survey to help us work with ISPs to improve broadband provision in the Parish.
Create your own user feedback survey
Read full story > Why the need to “Call for Sites” Wed, 14th Feb 2018 – Dear Parishioners,
We have been asked to provide some clarification regarding the need to “Call for Sites“.
You’ll already be aware that a neighbourhood plan enables the local community to make its own decisions about whether, how and where Crudwell Parish will grow, what areas should be protected, what infrastructure should be provided alongside any new development, and what any new development looks like.
One of the next steps for us is to produce our own housing needs assessment, so we can work out for ourselves how many new homes we will need in the next few years. Realistically, Crudwell Parish will probably need to provide some new housing, but the idea is that we will have better and more robust evidence to back up the number of new homes that we propose, than Wiltshire Council had in suggesting that Ridgeway Farm should be developed. Then we can make our own decisions about where any new housing should go.
The problem for us is that we are, to a certain extent, in a race against Wiltshire’s Housing Site Allocations Plan (which proposed Ridgeway Farm for housing development). We need to ensure that the neighbourhood plan is quite well progressed when Wiltshire’s Housing Site Allocations Plan is submitted for examination (which we expect to be April 2018), and even more so when the Housing Site Allocations Plan is examined (expected October 2018). This means that we need to do some tasks simultaneously, and this is why we need to ask landowners for potential development sites at the same time as working out how many new homes we need to provide for.
We will need to be open minded about where any new housing goes, so we need to provide everyone with an equal opportunity to promote their site. Then we can make a decision about the location of new housing based on robust evidence, which we must do if the neighbourhood plan is to pass all the necessary tests.
Hopefully this clarify’s things a little. Please, as always, do get in touch should you have any questions. plan@my-crudwell.org
Yours Faithfully
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Sian Burke-Murphy, Chairman, Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee
Read full story > Shaping the future of our community Tue, 30th Jan 2018 – Shaping the future of our community 
Dear Parishioners,
Thank you to all those who completed the Comments Cards delivered to all households and businesses in Crudwell parish in November. The level of response – more than 120 cards received – was encouraging. Your comments have been recorded and will be used to identify the key topics for focus groups to be set up in the near future.
These groups will give local residents and other interested parties the opportunity to express their views about the future of Crudwell parish, addressing concerns such as the scale and sustainability of future development; local infrastructure and amenities; potential increase in traffic density; and environmental impact. 
All information gathered will be important in shaping the Neighbourhood Plan for Crudwell, helping to ensure that the views expressed are truly representative of the wishes and concerns of the community as a whole. Look out for further details about the Focus Groups, which will be publicised widely in the parish, including in What’s On In Crudwell.
In line with recommendations for the production of Neighbourhood Plans, the Steering Group (working on behalf of the Parish Council) is inviting landowners to put forward sites that may have the potential for development for housing or other uses over the 5 year Plan period, or thereafter. This is known as the Call for Sites. You may also see publicity about this displayed around the parish. Proposed sites will be considered for inclusion in the Neighbourhood Plan. If you wish to put forward a site for consideration, please contact the Steering Group at plan@my-crudwell.org and we will reply with instructions on how to submit.  
While acknowledging the requirement for further housing in response to local needs, it is important to ensure that any future development is sympathetic to the scale and context of our rural community. Identifying suitable sites in our Neighbourhood Plan is an important step towards achieving this goal.  The next phase will include assessments of the sites as well as establishing the Parish’s level of need for housing, all of which will come together as we develop the plan and we look forward to engaging with you on this.

Yours Faithfully
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Sian Burke-Murphy, Chairman, Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee
Read full story > Your Parish Needs You! Tue, 12th Dec 2017 – Caring for Crudwell Parish 
Dear Parishioners,
YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOU!
As you will all be aware, the Parish Council (PC) together with the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Steering Committee (SC) are facilitating the production of a NP for Crudwell Parish. Once adopted or “Made”, the vision for how our community develops over time as set out in the NP becomes the blue print against which all planning applications will judged, to ensure they address the priorities of our area. It has to be written with the full engagement of the local community. Without full engagement, it will carry light weight.
It is really important that we SHOW that we are passionate about our community. We can do this in the following ways:

By getting comment cards in before the 22nd December. Nearly 1,000 leaflets were personally delivered to Residents, Local business/employers, Parents at School / Pre-school and other Stakeholders in Crudwell Parish 3-4 weeks ago. To date we have received just 20 comment cards so please complete as soon as possible.By giving permission to add your e-mail addresses to the NP e-mail list, so that we can keep you informed and invite you to the policy workshops / focus groups we will be running early in the New Year. Your contact details will remain confidential and will only be used to keep you updated on the Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan. We had over 250 Parishioners signed up on the Crudwell Voice distribution list, we would love for all of you to agree to that information being transferred to the NP e-mail list.
If you are able to offer a bit more time to the NP process, we would be hugely grateful so please do let us know if you can and we’ll contact you to discuss options.
Spread the word! Talk to local friends, family, neighbours and employers about it and urge them to get comment cards in.

You may have noticed in the local paper last week (follow link below) that the Developers at Ridgeway Farm are ploughing ahead with plans for a further 40 houses. According to that article published in Tuesday’s Gazette & Herald they have submitted a planning application for the additional houses, constituting phase 2. Although we understand from our local Councillor, no plans have been submitted to date.
http://www.gazetteandherald.co.uk/news/15703215.New-housing-development-to-come-to-Crudwell/ 
Without a NP in place, we are wide open to speculative development so PLEASE ACT NOW AND COMPLETE THE COMMENTS CARD.  We will not be successful in getting a NP “Made” unless we can demonstrate local community engagement at every stage! 
Yours Faithfully
Mike Credicott, Crudwell Parish Councillor
Sian Burke-Murphy, Chairman, Crudwell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee
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