1. Introduction

Wilstead Neighbourhood Plan Survey
We ALL have the chance to influence future development and YOUR opinion counts – so please complete this Neighbourhood Plan Survey and return by 30th September 2019

If you need help to fill in this survey we may be able to assist you or if you need this survey in another format such as on paper copy or in large print, please contact the Parish Office on 01234 743152 or email: neighbourhoodplan@wilshamsteadparishcouncil.org

Let us know how to shape Wilstead as it grows

Dear Wilstead resident,
Your Neighbourhood Plan team and Parish Council is putting together a Neighbourhood Plan for Wilshamstead parish. The results of this survey will determine the underpinning principles and overall direction of our plan and so it is very important that you, your family and your neighbours take this opportunity to make your views known.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a new way for local people to influence the planning and development of the area in which they live and work. It lasts for 15 -20 years and should:
• Develop a shared vision for a village or town.
• Choose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
• Influence how much housing should be built, and of what type.
• Identify and protect important local green spaces or other treasured assets.

Once approved, our plan will have legal force in setting out what development is acceptable in our parish and for what reasons. Developers and local authority planners will have to take notice of it. Without a Neighbourhood Plan, we will have little control over any development that takes place and will receive less community funds from those developments.

We can influence development, not stop it altogether. Our Neighbourhood Plan must comply with Bedford Borough Council’s Local Plan and the government’s wider policy of sustainable development. This means that it is inevitable that some new housing will have to be built in Wilstead in the future. Having a Neighbourhood Plan in place will help us ensure that this housing is suitable for the parish and meets the needs of our area. It will also help us to identify the facilities and services that need to be in place to meet the demands that any new housing will make upon our community.