Progress with the Plan

Questionnaire: deadline 28th February

You should now have received a copy of your questionnaire.  It is brief, three sides and comes with an explanatory letter and return envelope.  The questionnaire was designed around your responses at he consultation events, has open questions so that you can really tell us what you think and has been delivered by your neighbourhood representative to whom it should be returned.

It will be crucial is helping us draft policies for the Neighbourhood Plan.  Additional copies are available should households wish to reflect a variety of opinions or you can print your own (below)

Copy of Questionnaire

Covering letter for questionnaire

Community Consultation Events

We are making progress with the Neighbourhood Plan.  We have heard from Locality, following our designation and they are now carrying forward our approved request for technical assistance.  In the first case this will be a housing needs survey.  We have also put together a draft questionnaire which I will circulate to you once a few changes have been made.  Our rational has been to keep it short and provide lots of opportunity for open responses rather than creating a long tick list.  Please do let me know if you think it needs further changes.  We have divided up the Parish into smaller areas and are asking local residents to act as Neighborhood Coordinators.  The Coordinators will work with their neighbours with regard to the questionnaire.  It is a flexible role which will include delivery and return of the questionnaires but also discussing the contents of the questionnaire with their neighbours and helping them fill it in where appropriate.  The SU are working on a different questionnaire for students and we are writing to local businesses asking them how they would like to be consulted.  If you would like to volunteer to be a Neighbourhood Coordinator and have not yet done so, please drop us a line.  We are particularly short of volunteers on Campus.

We are holding a series of Open Consultation Events to launch the questionnaire.  I will post the following on Keele Parish Website and leaflets will be coming through doors but please tell your neighbours about these events.  They are ‘drop in’ events and we are hoping they will be really well attended.  There will be an opportunity for visitors to leave their comments about what they would like to see in Keele in the future

Open Events:

Your chance to influence the future of Keele

Come and tell us what you want for Keele. Find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan and how we will be consulting you.

Tues 8th Nov 6.00pm-8.00pm at The Village Hall

Sunday 13th Nov 2.00pm-5.00pm at The Hawthorns’ Management Centre

Tues 15th Nov 3.00pm-8.00pm at The Students’ Union

keeleneighbourhood@gmail.com

We have been successful with our application to have Keele Parish designated as a Neighbourhood Plan area!  The application was passed by NuLBC on the 3rd of October 2016.

June 2016

The Keele Neighbourhood Plan Group had it’s second meeting last night.  We have now appointed Mr John Knight as our consultant for the initial stages of the plan and he gave a presentation to the group on Monday 20th June.  The group has undertaken to seek designation for the entire parish as the plan area and has completed the initial stages of applying for funding.  Outcomes from this meeting will be posted in due course.  In the meantime, we need as many willing helpers as possible.  This does not necessarily mean being involved in the steering group.  If you can contribute to community consultation sessions, publicity, website, documentation or if you would just like to let us know how you feel about the development of Keele Parish, get in touch!

The group will be consulting with the Borough Council and University in the near future to decide on the exact relationship between the Universities planning and that of the Neighbourhood.

August 2016

We have submitted our application for the whole of Keele Parish to be designated as the Neighbourhood Plan Area to Newcastle Borough Council.  It followed a successful meeting between the University, Newcastle and the Parish Council.  Despite the complexities of our Parish, it was the belief of all concerned that this was the best approach and that the advantages of working together far exceeded any difficulties that might arise.  We anticipate the application will be successful and we should have designated status within the next few months.

We have also submitted our bids for Technical Support and Grant funding to Locality who are the funding body.  In recognition of the complexities of Keele Parish we have been accepted as eligible for technical support, which in the first instance is likely to be a housing needs survey but help may also be available for ecological and design assessments. Our grant application has also been received and awaits us finalising some of the costings  in the application.

We are realising that the challenges of developing a Neighbourhood Plan are such that our initial ambition to have the plan in draft by next summer may not be achieved.  Nevertheless, it is increasingly clear that developing a plan for Keele will be critical.  Recent legal decisions have made clear that Greenbelt Status cannot be used to refuse development where a local authority lacks a 5 year housing supply plan.  Newcastle under Lyme is in this position and Keele in the past has been benefitted by being washed over by the Greenbelt.

We are now developing an initial vison statement and making plans for further public consultation.  Our publicity campaign during the referendum at the Village Hall was very successful and we now have over 50 email addresses of people who are interested in the plan.  We still need more participants and particularly people willing to take part in the Steering Group.

You can contact us on: keeleneighbourhood@gmail.com

Our next meeting will be in September, date to be announced

September 2016

We have been successful in gaining a grant of £7049 from Locality to progress our plan and have been awarded technical assistance which is very unusual for a parish with our demographic.  We are very grateful to the help of our consultant John Knight in writing the bid!  Consultation closed on the 5th September for the designation and we are expecting a decision any day now.  The Plan Group met on the 27th of September for a training session on community engagement and a plan has now been drawn up..  A draft vision statement has been written and posted on this site.  We would welcome any feedback on the statement which will evolve along with community consultation.  We also have a draft questionnaire which we have also posted.  This was trialled at  St John’s Autumn Fair and is a work in progress.  It is intended that we will use local volunteers to discuss the questions with their neighbours and record responses rather than just posting the questionnaires through the door.  Our next meeting will be 12th October at 19:00 in Keele Village Hall.

December 2017

Comments from our consultation events confirmed our vision statement and helped us hone the questionnaire.  We were successful in our bid for additional technical assistance from Locality; in the first instance this is taking the form of a housing Needs Survey which will be completed in March.  We now have a Facebook page and a Neighbourhood Plan website which is in the process of being populated.

February 2017

The questionnaire has been delivered to all residences in Keele with the exception of student accommodation on campus.  The questionnaire has been delivered by Neighbourhood Representatives who can supply additional copies of the questionnaire, support and answer queries.  The questionnaire needs to be completed and returned to the Neighbourhood Representatives by the end of February.  A copy of the questionnaire and supporting materials, including a question and answer sheet are available here.

Students will be polled using an electronic questionnaire which will be designed with their needs in mind which will be completed during March.  All businesses within the plan area have been contacted by mail and asked to feedback on their needs.  Further business consultation will be carried out in the spring.  The Universities Master Plan will form part of the Neighbourhood Plan and an initial meeting has taken place between the Neighbourhood Plan Group and the University which confirmed both strands of planning had compatible goals.

All Keele Neighbourhood Plan Group meetings are open for new people to attend and observe or join the group. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 21st of February at Keele Village

Vision Statement

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