Your Parish Council is putting together a Neighbourhood Plan for Hunston village. The results of this survey will determine the underpinning principles and overall direction of our plan and so it is very important that you, your family and your neighbours take this opportunity to make your views known.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a new way for local people to influence the planning and development of the area in which they live and work. It lasts for 15 years and should:
• Develop a shared vision for a village or town.
• Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
• Influence how much housing should be built, and of what type.
• Identify and protect important local green spaces or other treasured assets.
Once approved, our plan will have legal force in setting out what development is acceptable in our parish and for what reasons. Developers and local authority planners will have to take notice of it. Without a Neighbourhood Plan, we will have little control over any development that takes place and will receive less community funds from those developments.
We can influence development, not stop it altogether.
Our Neighbourhood Plan must comply with Chichester District Council’s Local Plan and the government’s wider policy of sustainable development. This means that it is inevitable that some new housing will have to be built in Hunston in the future. Having a Neighbourhood Plan in place will help us ensure that this housing is suitable for the parish and meets the needs of our area. It will also help us to identify the facilities and services that need to be in place to meet the demands that any new housing will make upon our community.
What to do next
Please complete the survey as fully and thoughtfully as you can and return it to us BY 12th April 2015. You can either complete and return the paper survey that will be coming through your letterbox in the next few days – or if you prefer you can complete the survey online using the link below.
If there are additional members of your household who could complete the survey separately, please help them to do so. Please click on the link below to to download a printable PDF of the questionnaire. We would particularly encourage younger people to take part as often their views are not heard as loudly as perhaps they should be.
How to get help or further information
If you need help to complete or return the survey for any reason, please call the parish office on 01243 203203.
Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire – Printable version