The December 2023 draw has been made and the winners have been announced.
If you are not already taking part you can join by 1st March to be included in the March 2024 draw.
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.
In July 2018 a Neighbourhood Plan for our parish was adopted by West Suffolk Council after it was supported by almost 90% of residents that turned out at a parish referendum. Since then, the Neighbourhood Plan has been used by them when making decisions on planning applications in the parish. Details of the 2018 Plan can be viewed on the West Suffolk Council website.
Our Plan was the first to be prepared in West Suffolk and put us in a strong position to ensure that planning decisions reflected the local priorities expressed in our Plan. However, the world of planning continuously changes. In the four years since the Plan was finished there have been a number of changes nationally and locally that mean that our Plan is now not up-to-date and doesn’t cover important matters.
We are consulting on our Neighbourhood Plan Review document, and we want feedback on it over the coming weeks.
Consultation lasts until Friday 20 October. It’s your chance to say whether or not you support the content of the new Plan or would like to see some changes. The Plan can be downloaded here Neighbourhood Plan
We’ve also produced a summary leaflet which has been distributed to every household and business.
We would welcome your comments. These can be submitted online or by completing the form below and returning it as instructed on the form. Alternatively, you can comment online, which we would prefer if possible.
If you would prefer to look at a paper copy, a copy is available to borrow for a short period by contacting the following:
Colin Painter 01284 850803
David Taylor 01284 850537
Denise Osborne 01284 850278
Two background studies have been prepared to support the Plan, namely:
Government Planning Practice Guidance notes that there are 3 types of modification which can be made to a neighbourhood plan or order. The process will depend on the degree of change which the modification involves. The Parish Council has prepared a Statement setting out that the new Plan makes “material modifications” to the original Plan but which do not change the nature of the Plan. The Parish Council considers that it would require independent examination but not a new referendum. However, the Independent Examiner will make the ultimate decision on this matter.
Following the completion of the consultation, we will review comments received, make any necessary amendments to the Plan and then submit it to West Suffolk Council in order that it can proceed to examination and, if necessary, a parish referendum.
To review all the documentation associated to this consultation please click on this link.
Thank you to everyone who helped with readings at the carol Service.
The December draw was made on 17th December 2023 from the 53 people who had entered.
The Pop Up Pub Returns to the Village Hall!
Today an ANPR speed camera has been installed in the village for the first time.
The whole of Hargrave and some of the surrounding villages were hit by a power failure following storm Eunice that hit the UK on Friday 18th February.
A man has been arrested after a crash which left a van on its side in Birds End, Hargrave.