Have Your Say – Don’t Miss Out!

Cllr. Nancy Warne on the upcoming consultation of the draft Cranbrook and Sissinghurst Neighbourhood Development Plan.

PLANNING IS a complex and serious subject, and one which many people don’t want to think about. Until it directly affects us, we don’t necessarily want to get involved at all. But planning has a huge impact on our lives and the level of development proposed for our parish will affect all of us.

Neighbourhood planning gives us a chance to shape future development in our parish. This is why it’s important to take the chance this autumn’s consultation on Cranbrook and Sissinghurst’s Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) offers and have your say.

The consultation period will run from mid October 2020 for eight weeks – so please take this opportunity to have your say in helping shape the future of our community!

What’s in the plan?

The draft plan has taken years to develop and has been informed by extensive public engagement events. The planning policies within it encapsulate what is important to the parish’s residents, businesses and community groups. They relate directly to the parish of Cranbrook and Sissinghurst and should conform to planning at borough and national level. The draft TWBC Local Plan has the proposed housing allocations.

Our neighbourhood plan’s policies are specific to our parish and describe what we most value and would like to protect, and what we would like to see in any new developments in the next 15 years. The purpose of this consultation is to find out what you think about these draft policies. The plan includes seven areas:
• Design & Heritage
• Landscape & Natural Environment
• Access & Movement
• Business & Employment
• Housing
• Community & Culture
• Infrastructure
You may think we’ve missed things out, you may feel we’ve included too much. You may have an opinion about the priorities for community infrastructure in the parish and what we should be asking for from the developers. The recent lockdown has given us time to re-evaluate what’s important to us and we’d like to hear your thoughts on that.

The consultation

Due to the government’s restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the parish council is not yet sure whether we are able to hold face-to-face public engagement events. However, things may change and we have provisionally booked the Vestry Hall and St. George’s Institute for dates in October in case we are able to run events by then. We will provide updates nearer the time on the parish council and NDP websites, and on social media.

Be assured that these events will be properly risk-assessed and made Covid-secure through limited-entry, one-way systems and other safety measures. For residents unable to attend, the NDP Steering Group will be holding question and answer sessions online via the Zoom platform.

What do you Think? Have Your Say!

Consultation on the neighbourhood development plan runs from mid-October for eight weeks.

All your comments will be taken into account and will help to inform the final version. Your voice matters and can make a difference!

• View and respond at www.cranbrookandsissinghurstndp.co.uk
• Email at info@cranbrookandsissinghurstndp.co.uk
• Or see hard copies and leave your comments at the Parish Office, The Old Fire Station, Stone Street, Cranbrook TN17 3HF.