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 Ropley Children’s Theatre – “Squeak”

December 9 & 10
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squeak

 

Xmas Village Tea Party

Weds December 14th – details here

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Ropley Neighbourhood Plan – September Update

The Neighbourhood Plan working group has continued to develop policies for the draft plan, and have presented the first group of developed policies to the Parish Council for discussion and feedback.  The Housing Needs Assessment prepared by AECOM has been delivered and its findings reviewed by the Steering Group who have determined a proposed housing requirement for the parish. We have also completed the recruitment and training of the site assessment and land character assessment teams and they are currently undertaking their tasks to produce evidence to be used within the plan.

As part of the landscape character assessment we are also performing a review of areas within the parish that provide significant biodiversity value so that we can shape policies that will provide protection for these. We are currently assessing the following areas – Ropley Ridgeline (the area running from Ropley Soke through Lyeway and Charlwood to Monkwood) and Park Lane Woodlands (the area at the end of Park Lane to the parish boundary with Bishops Sutton). If you feel that there are other areas that offer significant biodiversity value then please let Graham Flatt know (email grahamflatt1@btinternet.com) and we will consider adding them to the assessment schedule. We are also reviewing structures in the parish that may warrant protection through policies. A structure could be a house, farm building, or any other building/structure of historic or architectural significance. Ropley already has two conservation areas as well as 44 listed structures including 4 tombs in the churchyard, but we are interested to hear if you feel that there are other structures that should be protected through Neighbourhood Plan policies. Please contact us at RopleyNP@outlook.com. Finally, during the March public meeting we committed to providing six-monthly updates, so there will be a further public consultation meeting on Wednesday 21st September at 7.30pm in the Sports Pavilion at which we expect to present an update on the policy development and assessment results – please book this date in your diaries. If you would like to understand more about Ropley’s Neighbourhood Plan and get involved to support its development then either

  • 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 12th September and 10th October.

 Ropley Neighbourhood Planning Steering Group

Neighbourhood Planning

The future – in your hands!