Draft Version 2.2 15/10/13
March town council The Town Hall, Market Place, March, PE15 9JF Tel 01354 653709 Fax 01354657786 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours
Mon-Wed 8am - 4pm Fri 8:30am - noon
March North Councillors Cllr. Mike Cornwell
Cllr. Malcolm George
07732 558290 email@example.com
01354 655768 / 07855 829341 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr. Stephen Court
Cllr. Trevor Quince
01354 656326 / 07813 453772 email@example.com
01354 653761 trevorquince@BTinternet.com
March east Councillors Cllr. Bernard Keane
Cllr. Andrew Pugh
07941 113536 firstname.lastname@example.org
07951 735446 email@example.com
Cllr. Gavin Philpott
Cllr. Mark Purser
07971 810352 gavin@MarchEast.co.uk
01354 652519 / 07732 654535 firstname.lastname@example.org
March west Councillors Cllr. Steve Count
Cllr. Kit Owen
07989 032456 email@example.com
01354 654612 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr. Jan French
Cllr. Robert Skoulding
01354 655099 / 0797 0261613 email@example.com
01354 657640 / 07733 008448 firstname.lastname@example.org
Prize draw As a thank you for completing this questionnaire, March Town Council will be giving a ÂŁ50 cash prize to the first three completed responses drawn from a hat. The draw will take place at 10am on Christmas Eve on March Market Place. In order to be entered, simply fill in your details opposite when completing your questionnaire.
What is a Town Plan?
Government policy, implemented in Fenland District Councils' Core Strategy, has identified March as a core centre for growth in the area over the next 20 years. Over this time, March will have to accommodate up to 4200 new homes (currently we have just under 11000 homes and business premises). A Town Plan allows you, the people of March, to have your say in how these houses, along with other key infrastructure such as Schools & Leisure Facilities are developed. Once adopted, the Town Plan will become a key part of the legal planning framework, and FDC will have to give significant consideration to it when making any planning decisions in March. Why do we need the March Town Plan?
We have already seen with the Estover development proposal that Fenland District Councils' Core Strategy looks at March in a far too simplistic way, considering what is best for Fenland as a whole and not the particular needs of March. The March Town Plan will redress this balance, putting the future development of our Town firmly in the hands of all of us who live here. Why should you care?
As a Town, we have a legal requirement to make provision for up to 4200 new homes over the next 20 years. That doesn't mean they will all necessarily be built, but we need to show where they will go if needed. This is your chance to help make that decision, along with what other essential services March should give priority to as our Town expands. The more responses to this questionnaire we receive, the better the March Town Plan can reflect the wishes of the people who matter most: You - the March Town People.
Contact Tel. No. Your details will only be used for the purpose of administering the prize draw and will not be shared with any external organisation.
About You 1.
How long have you lived in March? (tick one year group) 0-5 Years
6 - 10 Years
21 - 25 Years
Over 25 Years
How many people of each age group live at your address?
Under 5 Years
16 - 20 Years
Are You? Male
11 - 15 Years
6 - 12 Years
13 - 18 Years
19 - 30 Years
31 - 50 Years
51 - 65 Years
Over 65 Years
What is the Post Code of your home address?
Housing priorities 5.
Over the next 20 years, March will need up to 4200 more homes. In order to achieve this, what priority would you give to the following type of locations? High
Small developments of 1-5 dwellings within existing housing estates throughout the Town. Groups of up to 25 dwellings spread across a wide variety of sites. Large developments of up to 100 dwellings within or adjacent to existing Town boundaries. Larger developments of several hundred dwellings adjacent to, or just outside existing Town boundaries. Very large developments of 1000+ dwellings outside of existing Town boundaries. (e.g. West of bypass) Isolated developments of single dwellings in rural areas. (e.g. Farmhouses)
Housing needs 6.
Considering current local availability & needs, what priority should be given to the following types of housing? High
Executive Homes Family Homes Starter Homes Flats Affordable (rental / shared ownership) Housing Association Homes Retirement Housing Sheltered Housing Any other type of housing?
Might you, a family member, or anyone else you know be looking for alternative accommodation in March over the next 5 years? (tick one box) Yes
If ‘Yes’, What type of accommodation would be required? (tick one box on each line)
4 or more Bedrooms
Open Market Sale
Do you believe the March Town Plan should encourage developments of housing with more amenity space? (larger gardens, off street parking, bin storage etc.) Yes
Business & employment 10. With regards to the future development of Employment / Business facilities in March, what priority would you give to the following? High
Development within the Town Centre area. Development of dedicated employment / business / retail sites outside the Town Centre. Development of employment via leisure facilities. Development of subtle employment / business / retail sites within future housing developments. Development of industrial sites on the outskirts of March.
11. Considering current local availability & needs, what priority should be given to the following types of Employment / Business development? High
Offices premises for small to medium sized businesses Large office premises. Small to medium sized retail space. Large retail units or Supermarkets. Small to medium sized industrial units or warehousing. Large industrial units or warehousing.
Town centre & shopping 12. Where do you currently do the majority of your shopping? (tick one box) Town Centre
Edge of Town Retail or Supermarket
13. Considering March Town Centre, what priority should be given to the following types of usage? High
Retail Food - Restaurants Food - Takeaways Financial Services Health, Hair & Beauty Leisure Facilities Charities
14. What would encourage you to do more of your shopping in March Town Centre?
15. Should shops on the outskirts of March Town Centre be allowed to be converted into housing in order to keep the core Town Centre vibrant and fully occupied? Yes
Traffic & transport 16. Where do you currently travel for the following? (tick all that apply) Town Centre Work / Education Weekly food shop Daily food essentials Other shopping Pubs, Restaurants etc. Leisure Facilities (e.g. Cinema) Active Leisure (e.g. Gym) Medical Appointments
Edge Of Town
17. What type of transport do you use the most often for the following purposed? (tick one box on each line) Private Vehicle
Walk / Mobility Scooter
Lift / Taxi
Work / Education Weekly food shop Daily food essentials Other shopping Pubs, Restaurants etc. Leisure Facilities (e.g. Cinema) Active Leisure (e.g. Gym) Medical Appointments
18. Should the March Town Plan encourage the provision of any of the following types of public transport as part of any new development? Yes
New bus routes to more population centres. New bus stops included as part of new developments. Increased frequency of busses. Bus links to the railway station.
19. Should the March Town Plan encourage the preservation of public rights of way and access to the countryside? Yes
20. Should the March Town Plan encourage the following types of road safety and traffic management initiatives? Yes Speed reduction measures at Town entrances. Speed reduction measures within new developments. More off-street parking facilities. Safer routes to schools initiatives. More dedicated cycle routes.
community facilities 21. Bearing in mind March may grow by up to 4200 homes over the next 20 years, do you feel the following facilities and services would need to be improved / enhanced alongside any future developments? Significantly Primary Schools Secondary Schools Further / Adult Education Doctors Surgeries NHS Dentists Other Medical Services Library Leisure (e.g. Cinema, Bowling) Active Leisure (e.g. Swim, Gym) Sports Venues Food Outlets / Restaurants Cultural Facilities (e.g. Theatre) Shopping Facilities Police Service Fire Service Ambulance Service Youth Facilities Community Buildings Places of Worship Waste Recycling Sites Fast Broadband Access Mobile Network Coverage Power / Gas Supply Water / Sewerage Any other facilities?
Not At All
Sport & active leisure 22. As part of any major new developments, significant funding may be available to develop leisure facilities within March. What priority would you give to the following? High
Swimming Pool Gym Cycling Routes Outdoor Sports Pitches Athletics Facilities Courts (e.g. Squash, Tennis) Parks & Open Spaces Countryside Paths & Tracks Riverside (e.g. Fishing, Boating) Bowling Skate Park / Street Sports Golf Courses Any other facilities?
23. In general, where should sport & active leisure developments be located? Close to Town Centre with easy access by foot or public transport
Edge Of Town / Out Of Town sites with more parking facilities
Education 24. As March grows by up to 4200 houses over the next 20 years, an additional Secondary School will be required. What order would you rank the following three potential locations in? (rank 1 for most suitable, 3 for least suitable) To the North of March around the Estover / Creek area. To the West of March near the bypass. To the South of March, near to the existing Neale-Wade Academy
25. Facilities will also be required for younger children. Where would be the best location for the following? (tick one in each column) Child Care / Nursery
Town Centre Within existing housing areas. As part of new housing areas. Edge of Town sites.
Open spaces & the environment 26. Are there any publically accessible open spaces in or around March that you value for Leisure & Recreation (e.g. relaxing, walking, running, playing sport etc.)? Yes
If ‘Yes’ please specify where:
27. Are there any publically accessible open spaces in or around March that you value for their Visual Amenity (e.g. the view within, of, or from the Town)? Yes
If ‘Yes’ please specify where:
28. What priority should the March Town Plan give to encouraging the following forms of renewable energy? High Solar Electricity Solar Hot Water Ground / Air Source Heat Pumps Domestic Wind Turbines Large Scale Wind Turbines Biomass / Anaerobic Digestion
29. As part of new developments, what priority should the March Town Plan give to the following environmental concerns? High
Protection & improvement of existing habitats for wildlife in and around the Town. Creation and protection of new areas in and around the Town to promote wildlife & biodiversity. New developments designed to maintain and enhance wildlife & biodiversity. Enhanced opportunities to walk, run and cycle off-road in and around the Town. Creation of more publically accessible open space (e.g. parks, recreation grounds)
flooding 30. Has your household been directly affected by flooding in March over the last 12 months? Yes
31. If ‘Yes’, was this caused by? Failure to control surface run-off of water.
Failure of drains / sewers / pumps.
32. If ‘Yes’, has flooding affected you by? Damage to property.
Damage to vehicles.
Prevention of vehicular access.
33. Are there any specific sites in or around March that you consider to be at particular risk of flooding (either current or following future development)? Yes If ‘Yes’ please specify where:
Locations for future development The next 4 pages cover one of the most crucial components of the March Town Plan - the locations in which future development may take place. Inclusion of any area in the proposed development map is no guarantee that any development will take place there. Any developer wanting to build will still have to seek full planning permission and demonstrate that their proposal is worthy and meets all necessary regulations, contributions to infrastructure etc. The purpose of this development map is for you - the people of March - to have your say in how March should grow over the next 20 years. We need to make provision for appropriate locations for up to 4200 new homes, but there is also a need to include areas for education, leisure & recreation, business & industry. Some areas may be better left undeveloped, either because they are unsuitable through lack of access / infrastructure, or because they have particular amenity value as open space. Please take the time to consider each block and give your opinion to what the best use for it may be. If you have any particular comments about any of the proposed areas, or feel there is an area that has been missed out, please record these under question 35. The map to the left shows the current proposals for new housing locations under Fenland District Councilâ€™s Core Strategy (highlighted pink). No inclusion is made for other land uses. This is YOUR chance to give your opinion on how our Town should look in 20 years time.
Locations for future deve 34. Looking at the map overleaf, what do you consider the best use Business
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R
Area west of Elm Road Creek Fen, south of Flaggrass Hill Road Area North of Estover Road Creek Fen, south of Creek Road Badgeney Fen, east of the Railway Line Area north of Upwell Road, west of the Railway Line Area south of Upwell Road Area east of Wimblington Road Area between Knights End Road & Wimblington Road Area north of Knights End Road Site of former Kingswood Park & surroundings Area between Gaul Road & Burrowmoor Road Area south west of bypass adjacent to Golf Course Area west of bypass between Grange Road & Burrowmoor Road Area west of bypass between Burrowmoor Road & River Nene Areas north and south of Whittlesey (Turves) road Area north of the Railway Line and west of Westry Area north of Hostmoor Trading Estate & west of Hundred Road
lopment for each of the areas potential development is? (tick one box in each row) Education
B C D
And finally… 35. Do you have any further comments or suggestions that may be used to improve the March Town Plan?
How to return your questionnaire Once you have completed this questionnaire please detach the cover and return the inside part to any of the following locations.
Don’t forget, in order to be considered, all responses must be received by 5pm on Monday 16th December 2013. • • • • • • • • • •
March Town Hall, Council Office Wisbech Road Post Office County Road Stores Norwood Road Newsagent Station Road Newsagent March Railway Station Badgeney Road Co-Op Elwyn Road Newsagent Ellingham Avenue Newsagent Robin Hood Filling Station Alternatively, you can complete the questionnaire online at
www.marchtowncouncil.gov.uk/MarchTownPlan Please note that each household may only complete a paper OR online entry. Duplicate responses will be rejected.
March town plan timescale March Town Council submits notice to Fenland District Council of their intention to create a Neighbourhood Plan
12th Sep 2013
Fenland District Council launches a 6 week consultation on the proposed area and remit for the March Town Plan
30th Sep - 11th Nov 2013
Questionnaires (this book) distributed to every household in the March Town Plan area
12th - 17th Nov 2013
Final date for return of March Town Plan questionnaires
5pm Monday 16th Dec 2013
Data analysis of questionnaires and formulation of a draft March Town Plan takes place.
Dec 2013 Feb 2014
Public exhibitions and consultations for the draft March Town Plan held at various locations throughout the Town
Mar - May 2014
Results of consultation analysed and final version of the March Town Plan completed
March Town Plan submitted to an Independent Examiner for scrutiny
Jul - Aug 2014
Referendum held for all residents of March to approve or reject the March Town Plan
March Town Plan Approved The plan becomes part of the legal planning framework and must be given strong consideration in any planning decisions affecting March
End of 2014
Forthcoming Community events
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Christmas Lights Christmas Market OAP Party St. George’s Fayre Summer Festival Band Concerts Weekly Markets
Alternatively, back cover could feature the consultation dates / locations if these will be known in time