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 Ropley Society
Photographic Competition & Social Evening

Friday October 20th

Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start
At the Parish Hall

Free! Our speaker will be Cathy Kinnear from the Ropley First Responders

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Ropley Neighbourhood Plan

July 2017 Update

When the last update was written we were hopeful of starting the public consultation in the June timeframe. Unfortunately we have encountered some issues that have taken longer to resolve than we would have liked. In order to avoid holding the public consultation over the summer period which would have reduced the level of community engagement, we have decided to delay the start of consultation until the autumn. We continue to work towards completing the policies covering housing and allocated sites within the village, completing the evidence base and drawing together all the elements of the plan into the final document. As we are now so far into the process, any changes would incur an unacceptable further delay so we can no longer accept comments or representations in advance of public consultation. Once the housing and other site policies have been finalised they will be presented to the next available Parish Council meeting. Once these are approved, we will prepare for the launch of the public consultation. The policies covering the other fully approved objectives are available on the Neighbourhood Planning page here. If you have any concerns with the policies that have been approved, then everybody will have the opportunity to comment or suggest revisions during the public consultation phase. We also plan to improve the design of the Neighbourhood Plan page ahead of the consultation phase to ensure that the information about the plan is as easily accessible as possible. The forthcoming Public Consultation phase is really the opportunity for all Ropley villagers to take a hard look at what the Neighbourhood Plan team has spent the last couple of years doing and provide us with feedback on what you think. The team has been dealing with landowners on potential housing and green space sites and we have had to respect their privacy during those discussions, so we have not been free to disclose details of these sites until the plan is ready for consultation. Every household in the village will be notified of the start of the consultation phase and will be invited to a village meeting where the plan will be presented in detail. The meeting information will also be posted on village notice boards and myropley.org.uk. Hard copies of the plan will be available to view in prominent locations around the parish, and the plan will be available to download from the myropley.org.uk web site. A further web site, hosted by futuredynamix.com, will be available for parishioners and organisations to give feedback on the plan. Written feedback will also be accepted on forms that will be available from the Courtyard village shop, and completed forms can be posted to or deposited at the village shop. The consultation phase will last for 8 weeks. The Plan team have always highlighted that this is a unique opportunity to shape the future development of the village and that you will have control of its outcome at the forthcoming village meeting, the following consultation phase and finally the referendum are your opportunities to exercise that control. If you would be interested in helping in this final effort before the plan is completed or in any other way then please either:

  • contact the steering group at RopleyNP@outlook.com, or
  • come to the open Steering Committee meetings in the small room at the Parish Hall, held on the second Monday of each month at 7.30pm. Meetings will be held on 10th July and 14th August.

 Ropley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group

Neighbourhood Planning

The future – in your hands!