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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan will enable the local community to shape the future development of the Parish for the benefit of the local community.

The Woore Neighbourhood Plan will be a statutory planning policy document supported by a majority of the local population which will enable Woore Parish Council to have a greater and more positive influence on how the Parish develops in the future.

What we need to do

For any plan to be considered viable and an accurate reflection of the communities wishes it is vital that residents actively participate in it’s creation. The Planning Group must be made up of Parish residents and not just Parish Councillors.

Volunteers are required to form the Planning Group and give general support to the whole process. If we do not get enough support the plan cannot proceed as it must include members of the local community.

It is very simple; if there are not enough volunteers we have no voice in the future development of our village.

Project Plan Subgroup Minutes

10 April 2016
17 April 2016

Data Sources

Census Data
1981, 1991, 2001, 2011 Growth to 2016

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment
23 July 2015, Children's Health

List of Woore Stakeholders
15 August 2016

Short Questionnaire
December 2016

Analysis of the Big Questionnaire Results August 2017
(including text of Questionnaire)
Big Questionnaire Analysis

Plan the Future of Woore Parish

Woore Neighbourhood Planning Team Press Release August 2017

Members of the Team met on 7th August to review the results of the Big Questionnaire. This produced a fantastic response rate of 54% of copies distributed (304) in hard copy and online. Clearly this is more than enough to establish the wishes of the population of Woore beyond question. The replies received were professionally analysed on our behalf by a third party, the consultants Cheshire Community Action Group, and presented in a document which is attached to this release.

We intend to organise another Drop In session in the early Autumn to display and discuss the results with residents, but are already able to give a flavour of these as we begin the drafting of policies for inclusion in the Plan. These will include

  • Housing policies to include the clear preference for small scale developments (one to two houses, or ten or less at most), mix and type and size of property, and for infill, conversions and the encouragement of Brownfield developments - there was a clear message to avoid Greenfield incursions or the creation of new Brownfield sites through temporary work.
  • Despite claims by developers and Shropshire Council that there is no demand for affordable housing for local young and elderly people, there was also a very clear wish for these demonstrated. 62.5% of respondents wanted there to be affordable housing provision in any developments between now and 2036 (the end date of the next Shropshire Local Plan).
  • A design and character policy will set down the strong view of residents that there should be a maximum two storeys in any new houses, and a minimum of two parking spaces for even the smallest dwellings.
  • The Vision and Objectives put forward were all endorsed by more than 90% of respondents, while of the
  • "Sensitive Gaps" between areas of settlement we currently consider the four most strongly supported (either side of Ireland's Cross, on the Northern edge of the Parish and on the East side between Woore and Gravenhunger) should be more closely defined for inclusion in the Plan.
  • A policy regarding local facilities -i.e. the protection of existing and the provision of new ones. The Victory Hall and Cricket Ground, and to an extent the St Leonard's Play Area, were the most used by respondents, and there was a gratifyingly high number who used our local Shropshire Council footpaths.
  • A local green space policy to designate the parish's valued green spaces.
  • The Team was pleased by the level of response from local businesses, with a high number who worked wholly or partly within the village, and this can be reflected in policies for the local economy/home working, and on broadband and mobile reception - an issue raised by many.

    Some of these policies should be available in draft by the time of the Drop In session, and we aim to have a full draft Plan for consultation by the end of 2017, proceeding to referendum in the course of next year.

    A large number of other issues which are beyond the scope of a Planning Document, but clearly of great significance to residents, will be passed to the relevant bodies such as the parish council, the police, or Shropshire Council. These include such issues as bus services, speed limits and speeding vehicles, road and footpath maintenance, street lighting, community events and medical provision. The Woore Parish Neighbourhood Plan must concentrate on land use issues, as it will be used to help determine planning applications, but residents' other views collected in this exercise must not be ignored.

    Team Meeting: Monday 7 August 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall (Committee Room)

    The 304 'Big Questionnaires' returned (54% of all those issued) have now been professionally analysed by our Consultants, Cheshire Community Action, and the Neighbourhood Planning Team will consider the results, and those policies clearly endorsed for inclusion in the draft plan, before deciding on next steps and how to report these results to residents.

    Download the minutes of the meeting.

    Fantastic Response

    Members of the Neighbourhood Planning Team, meeting on 26th June, were delighted at the fantastic response to our Big Questionnaire. Already over 50% of the forms we distributed have been returned, and we know more are on the way. Collection by volunteers has now ended, but a lot of residents asked for extra forms (or time) during this, and promised to return them soon. We are grateful to Andy, in Woore Country Store, for keeping the collection box in the shop available until after the coming weekend, so these can be received. Already over 200 forms have passed through the box, for which he has given space among his newspapers. The return rate we have already had is of course far higher than the usual poll in local government elections, and we are very grateful to all those residents and businesses who have taken the trouble to respond. The replies will now be analysed, so we can be certain of the policies which have genuine public support for inclusion in the Plan for Woore Parish, and the results will be published later in the Summer. We are on course to take the proposed Plan to public Referendum during the course of next year.

    The Team is of course aware of the latest news on HS2 road traffic passing through the village from the building site on the far side of Bar Hill once construction work reaches that far, and if any development in the Parish itself is intended (the line of course being in Madeley in Staffordshire, although they wish to take the spoil through Shropshire instead it seems) we will take every account of this in drafting the relevant policies.

    Neighbourhood Plan Press Release June 2017

    The Big Questionnaire has now been delivered throughout the Parish, and volunteers will call back at all houses over the weekend (24th and 25th June or other notified day) to ask for completed questionnaires.

    • They can be left out on the doorstep on the day indicated for that road, or returned by the box in the Country Store in Woore.
    • Many already have been, which is very pleasing, but residents who have done so would be very helpful, and spare themselves an un-needed knock on the door, if they left out a note saying the box has been used, where this is the case.
    • We are well on the way to knowing the policies to be included in the Plan and thank all residents for their help.

    Team Meeting: Monday 26 June 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    This will be a short working session of the Neighbourhood Planning Team, for members and volunteers to return their collected questionnaires, assess the rate of reply and any areas needing re-visits, and arrange for the analysis to be carried out on replies received.

    Download the Big Questionnaire here, and return it either to the collector who tells you they will call on a certain day or 25th June, to the box in the Country Store in The Square, or to info@woorenpt.org.uk

    We now move to the next stage, the last major public information gathering one, of our progress to a draft neighbourhood Plan for Woore Parish. The short questionnaire in December gave us many valuable leads on public wishes. Now we have the Big Questionnaire, which builds on that to identify the planning policies residents wish to be included. As these are being individually delivered and collected at every house in the Parish, we delayed till after the General Election - we didn't want our volunteers mistaken for canvassers! Delivery of 600 questionnaires will be next Saturday and Sunday, 10th/11th June. They will be left with sealable plastic envelopes for re-use on collection if needed. Volunteers will collect on 25th June, or an alternative day close to that - they will indicate if so. Completed forms can be left out using the envelope provided if not home on the collection date. Alternatively a collection box will be available in the Country Store shop on The Square, Woore. We want a really high response rate to show what the people want.

    Team Meeting: Monday 5 June 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    This will be a working session of the Neighbourhood Planning Team, to bundle up the Big Questionnaires (now printed) together with envelopes and labels, into the agreed delivery runs for volunteers. Those not on the core team are invited from 8 pm to collect their runs.

    Team Meetings: Thursday 18 & Monday 22 May 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    These will be working sessions of the Neighbourhood Planning Team, on the 18th to cut the parish into sections ready to allocate to different people to distribute the questionnaires. As much local knowledge as possible will be great! Planning for the 22nd to be a short briefing session with the delivery and collection recruits, to allocate their sections.

    Team Meeting: Monday 8 May 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    This will be a working session of the Neighbourhood Planning Team to plan distribution of the Big Woore Questionnaire. This will not, it has been decided, take place while General Election materials are being delivered to houses.

    Latest News

    The Neighbourhood Planning Team is now at a point where help is required with the “Big Questionnaire”, with our objective being to maximise the level of response we get from the Parish. We need help in the following three areas:

    1) Creating the Big Questionnaire packs.
    Each Pack will contain an envelope, plastic bag and the questionnaire in readiness for delivery. This work needs to start at the beginning of June and completed by the 8th June at the latest. We have nearly 600 packs to create and hope that, “many hands will make light work”.

    2) Delivery and collection of the Big Questionnaire
    We are looking for people to deliver the Big Questionnaire starting on the 10th June and completed by the 14th June. Collection of the Big Questionnaire will take place on the 25th June. We would like the same person to deliver and collect from the same houses. With enough volunteers again, we are hoping that this would not be overly onerous. Note that we are waiting till after the General Election, to avoid confusion with canvassers!

    3) Analysing the Big Questionnaire
    This would involve completing an Excel template with the answers from a number of the questionnaires. We need this work to be undertaken in early July.
    If you can assist, please reply to info@woorenpt.org.uk by the 7th of May, indicating 1, 2, and/ or 3 from the numbered items above that you can help with. If you can assist with delivery and collection please could you provide an indication of the area/ estate/ road of the Parish (We are covering all areas – Woore, Pipe Gate, Bearstone, Irelands Cross, Gravenhunger, part of Onneley, Dorrington) where you would prefer to deliver and collect the Big Questionnaire.
    Please also include your name and telephone number.

    Please email me me if you would like to discuss this in more detail on the phone.

    Jon Furber

    Monday 24 April 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    This is a working session of the Neighbourhood Plan Team to plan the Long Questionnaire

    Download the minutes of the meeting.

    Monday 27 March 2017, 7.30 pm, Victory Hall

    Download the minutes of the meeting.

    Public Drop-In Meeting: Monday 27 February 2017, 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    Find out what the Neighbourhood Plan Team have been doing, and what the results of the questionnaire are telling us.

    See the Powerpoint Display or Spreadsheet Results here.

    The Draft Vision For Woore Neighbourhood Plan

    'The Parish of Woore will continue to be a vibrant, thriving community with improved facilities and amenities for all its residents and visitors. New development of an appropriate scale will have provided a mix of housing to reflect local needs, along with necessary improvements to local infrastructure. Developments will be sensitively located and designed to ensure that the cherished natural environment and rural character of the parish is maintained'

    Draft Objectives

    1. To ensure that new housing is of an appropriate scale and reflects local needs
    2. To maintain the rural character of Woore
    3. To support a thriving rural economy and village centre
    4. To improve the local infrastructure
    5. To protect and enhance community services and amenities
    6. To protect and enhance the natural environment

    We drafted this vision and objectives from the responses that we received from the initial short questionnaire, which was made publically available at the drop-in session on the 27th February 2017.

    Tuesday 23 February 2017, 7.30pm, Victory Hall

    Monday 21 November 2016, 7.30 pm, Victory Hall

    Monday 3 October 2016, 7.30 pm, Victory Hall

    This will be a working session to draft the Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire.

    Woore Village Fete Raffle Results

    At the 26 September Neighbourhood Planning Team meeting the draw was held for our free raffle from the Village Fete weekend. The following were the winners:

    • Fish and Fizz meal for 2 at the Falcon: Sarah Beff
    • Bottle of Champagne from the Village Shop: Alistair Snape and Michelle Ward (Headteacher) - 1 each
    • Bottle of Merlot from the Coopers' Arms: Eve Bailey
    • £5 Voucher for Festival Drayton: Rev Don Allcock (Vicar) and Rebekah Wainwright - 1 each.

    Our thanks again to all the generous donors of the Prizes.

    Shropshire Council Strategic Planning: Wednesday 8 June 2016

    The minutes of the meeting with Shropshire Council Strategic Planning are now available.

    General Meeting: Monday 4 April 2016, 7.30 pm, Victory Hall

    A first governing committee was appointed, with Jeff West as Chair, Jon Furber and Tina Erskine as Joint Vice Chairs, and Kath Shaw as Minutes Secretary.

    We also set up a Project Plan subgroup consisting of Jeff West, Tina Erskine, Jon Furber and Parish Cllr Malcolm Blake. Their first meeting was to establish skill sets, identify key stages, what resource is required, and time-scales. They would report back to the Neighbourhood Planning Team at the meeting on 20 April.

    Download the minutes of the meeting.
    Download the Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap Guide.

    General Meeting: Wednesday 16 March 2016, 7.30 pm, Victory Hall

    Following on from the successful public meeting which was attended by more than 40 people, the vast majority of which indicated that they felt Woore Parish should have a Neighbourhood Plan, the Neighbourhood Planning Team will held their first general meeting on Wednesday 16 March.

    The main business of the meeting was

    • to select a Chairman, a Secretary and a Treasurer for the team
    • to identify tasks that need to take place and by when (this will be an ongoing process, we will almost certainly not be able to create a definitive list in this one meeting)
    • to assign volunteers to the tasks identified as requiring immediate action
    • to determine the dates of additional meetings

    Download the minutes of the meeting.
    Download the 2006 Woore Parish Plan.

  • You Can Help

    The Neighbourhood Planning Team is looking for volunteers to help develop a Neighbourhood Plan which sets out the development guidelines for the entire community over the next 10 years.

    The Team needs people with all skill sets, whether from computer wizards and experts in community outreach, to those willing to trudge the streets and deliver newsletters and questionnaires.

    Even if you don't have the time to sign up as a volunteer, the Team still needs to hear your views on how you would like to see the Parish develop.

    Information Resources

    Download Nicola Fisher's presentation given at the 11 March 2016 Public Meeting.

    The Locality Web site has a lot of information about Neighbourhood Plans. Locality is a national network of community-led organisations.

    Hereford County Council also has a number of guides and case studies.

    The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has information on Neighbourhood Planning

    The Chapel & Hill Chorlton, Maer & Aston and Whitmore Neighbourhood Planning Team have a useful Resources Page.

    Sign Up

    If you wish to volunteer, please send your details.

    If you would like to be kept informed of the Team's activities, please sign up to our newsletter.

    Governing and Parish Council Members

    Any of our Governing or Parish Council Members will be happy to provide more information, or you can email us at info@woorenpt.org.uk

    Jon Furber
    Stephen Clifford
    Vice Chair
    Jeff West
    Founding Chair
    Karin Billany
    Minutes Secretary
    Cllr Malcolm Blake 01630 647892
    Cllr Mike Cowey 01630 642963