In late 2019 Ardleigh Parish Council agreed to begin the process of creating a Neighbourhood Plan for Ardleigh. Below is a brief introduction to Neighbourhood Planning. We are hoping to encourage everyone in the community to contribute as much as possible, this is a community-led project and we want you all to have your say.
A Neighbourhood Plan is a document that enables local communities to have a say in the future development of their local area. It can be used to:
A Neighbourhood Plan must meet certain basic conditions if it is to be approved.
A Neighbourhood Plan can be used to guide local development but cannot be used to stop it altogether. There will also be areas that are beyond the scope of a Neighbourhood Plan, for example traffic management.
Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011. It will sit alongside the Local Plan and will achieve the same legal status as a Local Plan once it has been approved at a referendum. This will mean that decisions on planning applications will have to consider both the Local Plan and the Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood Planning can be a long process and we mean to keep you informed every step of the way. Over the coming months we hope to roll out a process of community consultation including questionnaires and other community activities.
The Neighbourhood Plan is an opportunity for the whole community to get involved in deciding the future of the Parish. We would love your input and involvement. If you would like to join us or provide us with your thoughts, please see the Have Your Say page.
You can find useful links which can provide further information on Neighbourhood Planning on the Further Resources page.
11 November 2019- Parish Council resolved to begin the Process of Developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Ardleigh
5 January 2020- we wrote to Tendring District Council to request the whole of the Parish be designated as the 'Neighbourhood Area'
20 January 2020 consultation opened on Neighbourhood Area see https://www.tendringdc.gov.uk/community/consultation-on-ardleigh-neighbourhood-plan-area
16 March 2020 consultation closed
April 2020 A Working Group including Councillors and members of the public together with a Steering Group was established and began meeting to help to progress the plan.
8 June 2020 Tendring District Council's Planning Policy and Local Plan Committee formally agreed the designation of the Neighbourhood Area
July-August First questionnaire looking at Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT)
September- results published and next survey designed to gather more detailed feedback
November 2020 to January 2021 Big Ardleigh Consultation Questionnaire live with posts and social media campaign.
February to March 2021 Initial results of questionnaire analysed and shared. Liaison with our consultant to prepare the draft Plan.
The working and steering groups continued to meet on Zoom, holding the 50th meeting since April 2020!
April to May 2021. Further work preparing the draft plan and associated policies. Discussion with Tendring District Council about emerging policies and the Tendring/Colchester Borders Garden Community.
June - November 2021
Working with Planning Direct on Green Spaces Assessments and finalising Policy Headings.
Discussions with Tendring District Council and Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community about effects on Crockleford Heath
Updating the Village Design Statement and incorporating into the Neighbourhood Plan.
Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will post replies to any 'frequently asked' questions here.
My name is Stanley Sly, I am 17 and I live right in the middle of Ardleigh. I am beginning my second year of A-Levels at Colchester Sixth Form College. I live with my parents and younger sister, who will be joining me at Sixth Form this year.
I have lived in the same house in Ardleigh for my entire life. I went to primary school in Dedham and secondary school in Manningtree. Consequently, I feel I know them as well, if not better, than Ardleigh. For me, Ardleigh has always been the place I live but not necessarily somewhere I feel part of. I went to Beavers, Cubs and Scouts in Ardleigh Village Hall. But played football in Lawford.
Now that I’m a teenager, I feel I need to be in Ardleigh less and less. For me, it's a place to travel from and, for others, a place to travel through. But I believe Ardleigh has a lot more to offer.
In the next couple of years, I will be going to university, but will always come home to Ardleigh. I would hope that my home village will develop a hub for young people to spend leisure time and social time. Some of Ardleigh’s neighbouring villages have reasons for people to visit, and well-publicised opportunities for its residents to come together. I feel that Ardleigh has the potential to be a centre for young people and I believe I can help achieve this.
I would like to get involved with the parish council and the working group as I can offer a young person’s perspective on the parish and what needs improving. I would like to help the working group engage with young people. It will help me improve my own collaborative skills by working with the councillors and other adults. It will also improve my understanding of the local community and society as a whole.
I became interested in the Neighbourhood Plan before I decided to offer my services as a Parish Councillor in May, 2019. I was interested in the idea that a local community could get involved and have its say on how they would like their community developed and I was keen to see if I could get involved to make it happen for Ardleigh, where I have lived for the past 14 years. It was encouraging to find out that Ardleigh Parish Council were already planning to produce a Neighbourhood Plan and so that was a great reason for me to join the Council. We began the process at the beginning of 2020. Since then I have been working alongside some very dedicated and knowledgeable people. We formed a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Working Group who are responsible for making it happen.
What is the point of a Neighbourhood Plan though? An organisation called Locality is a national membership network supporting local community organisations to be strong and successful. They say: "the whole point of a neighbourhood plan is that it is community led and a neighbourhood planning group will need to talk to lots of people locally – residents, businesses, community groups, schools – to find out what’s important to them about where they live, what they’d like to improve and what their vision is for the local area."
Our Neighbourhood Planning Groups want to ensure that we listen to and reflect on the desires of our community. We are supported by a professional company called Planning Direct, who will lead us, using their expertise, through the processes of creating, consulting and producing the Ardleigh Parish Neighbourhood Plan. It will be a lengthy process but we hope to complete it within two years. There are many changes and challenges ahead of us, not least the effects of COVID-19; the planned North Essex Garden Community, the Government's Planning White Paper. We will need more people to get involved with various skills and interests as we move this Neighbourhood Plan along and by keeping the community up to date with progress we hope that a few more will join the Working Group. It's a really interesting project, made all the more special by hearing from local people on what they love about Ardleigh - and what they would like to see improve and protect it.
If anyone is interested to learn more there is information on these pages
I have always been passionate about the residents of the Parish of Ardleigh having as much involvement and say on the issues that affect the village. I retired from being a Local Government Officer and moved to Ardleigh nearly five years ago. I was immediately invited to join in activities and being keen to get involved started attending the Parish Council meetings and joined as a Parish Councillor about a year later. It is an honor to represent the residents but it is more important to facilitate residents having their own say in what happens in the village. The Neighbourhood plan facilitates you giving your views on what you want or would like to see in the village.
Ardleigh Parish covers a very large geographical area with vastly differing needs and therefore although you may not live in or near the center of village your say is just as important. New estates and new residents are coming into the Parish all the time and we welcome your views as much as we welcome the views of those who have lived in Ardleigh for a long time.
As the Chair of the Village Hall Management Committee, we would very much like to know what you would want from your Village Hall. At the moment we have a Pre-School using the Hall, which is a valuable facility for the younger generation. In addition what else would you like in the Village, we need your involvement to make it happen and we value every contribution.
Former Parish Councillor