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Ashtead Community Vision Ashtead’s very own ‘Doomsday Book’ So what’s the role of the Sustainability Appraisal? Unlike the imperialistic intentions of William Duke of Normandy who visited England in 1066, made a note of what he found and liked it so much he stayed, the Sustainability Appraisal provides the hard evidence of Ashtead’s current infrastructure – all the elements which make Ashtead…well… Ashtead. Unlike William’s grand inventory, the Ashtead Sustainability Appraisal pinpoints a range of While I’ve been focusing on preparing the vision issues such as shortages of land for building. It statement for the Neighbourhood Development then gives a full explanation of what is and what Plan (NDP) my colleagues at Ashtead Community is not available as well as the nature of the demand for housing. And, as we all know, that’s Vision (ACV) have been hard at work putting together the Baseline Sustainability Appraisal a pretty contentious issue particularly in light of the foundation on which the NDP is built. issues such as the Green Belt and the preservation of the character of the village Putting together what is effectively an up to which many residents feel so passionately date snapshot of Ashtead in terms of a whole about. range of issues related to planning is no mean feat. The Appraisal is already a 20 page report Once the Appraisal is fully complete the ACV will start analysing the work in the context of of dense figures and statistics which offer a picture of Ashtead in 2014. the Vision statement that was recommended by the last Forum meeting and policies will begin The Appraisal covers issues such as the village’s to be formed. So the long haul has begun and demographics, the nature of the housing stock; we’ll continue to inform residents of progress information regarding health provision, both via the Forum and of course, through our including care homes, nursing homes, dentists friends at the Local magazine. and doctors. The nature of Ashtead’s green spaces including allotments and play areas. It Thankfully, the Appraisal will not be as intrusive covers amenity green space – the small patches as William I’s exercise of 1086 so your of grass which have seating and are managed by information on your fiefs, demesnes, numbers of Mole Valley District council (MVDC). Footpaths, cattle, sheep and pigs etc will not be required. bridleways and common, all feature in And the equivalent of the medieval tax Ashtead’s own version of a modern day collectors will definitely not be employed! ‘Doomsday Book’. The environment also forms a big part of the Appraisal with sites of archaeological interest highlighted together with maps of areas designated for nature conservation value which pinpoint areas of ancient woodland. Infrastructure and transport matters are also included- the capacity of schools, the areas of landfill, contaminated land, drains, ditches, rail, buses and historic hedges all there for everyone to read – or will be once it has been fully completed for the next Forum meeting.
For further information concerning the Ashtead NDP, either go to the website at: www.ashteadcommunityvision.org.uk or email email@example.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter @AshteadCV . John Morgan ACV member
Issue 108, October 2014. Never underestimate the importance of community.