Ashtead Community Vision Listen up Ashtead - this could be useful to your Group, Association or Society!
Listen up! There’s a good chance you might get a phone call from Ashtead Community Vison over the next few weeks to get your views on the Ashtead Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP).
obvious to those involved why ACV will be calling an organisation like the Busy Bees Nursery, Compost Works, or the Local History Society (I choose these three completely at random from the Ashtead Resident’s Association Website). But think of it this way, do we have enough suitable accommodation for nurseries?; is there some public open space where composting could take place?; does the local history need to have an interpretation centre in the village? The simple answer to these random questions, is that I have absolutely no idea, which is why Glynis and Jean will be calling to find out.
The overriding point is, that EVERY society, organisation and group, will, to a greater or lesser extent, have something to contribute ACV members Glynis Peterkin and Jean as future development in the village could Bradley will be ringing around those who represent the very many groups, associations be swayed in favour of something that the and societies that thrive around the village. community, through its NDP, seeks - be that accommodation for nurseries, local Anyone who has read anything about composting facilities or interpretation development and NDPs in their area will centres. know that a central tenet of these plans is that the local community MUST have a say in So be creative and come up with some ideas the policies that will be created to help which the ACV can then take into account determine the outcome of planning when developing the NDP. applications for future development in and Don’t forget this is is not my NDP; nor is it around the Village. ACV’s NDP or the Forum’s – it’s YOUR NDP, I say ‘help’ because the NDP is meant to be a so please get involved and do what you can distillation of the views of the local to help inform YOUR Plan. community in terms of how they would like And DO NOT assume that ACV has your the planning authorities – Mole Valley District contact details or that your chairman, leader Council – react to planning applications that or whoever speaks for your group will come before them. actually speak to Glynis, Jean or the ACV, as So if, for example, a significant development we don’t have everyone’s details, so do were to be proposed, then the views of the contact us via the website link which is here: local community to that sort of - www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk development, would be broadly known. Of Otherwise you can email us at:course, it doesn’t mean that the right of email@example.com. individuals is then reduced, rather the NDP You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter aims to provide a community view of how @AshteadCV . they would like to see their area develop. So back to Glynis and Jean and the purpose of their calls. At first glance it may not be
John Morgan ACV member 14
Issue 111. Never underestimate the importance of community.