This survey is crucial to the writing of the Westcott Neighbourhood Development Plan. Neighbourhood Development Plans are being produced up and down the country to give power to local people. The Westcott Plan will form part of the District Plan, and must reflect the views of everyone in the community, but also conform to the main policies of the District Plan.
The Westcott Plan will set out a vision for what we want the community to be like to live and work in over the next 10 or more years, and how we can achieve that vision. That’s why the Westcott Village Forum are asking you these questions in this survey, so that we know what your views are about the future needs of Westcott.
The draft Westcott Plan will then pass through a legal and democratic process before it becomes an adopted Plan for our village. That adopted Plan will then be used in assessing any future planning applications, infrastructure, and economic/housing development that affect Westcott.
COMPLETING THE SURVEY
Your anonymity is guaranteed. We will not be analysing information specific to individual households. Our interest is in producing information that’s relevant to the village as a whole. However, if you decide not to remain anonymous, there is an opt-in opportunity, both online and on paper, so that you can be invited to take part in further discussions on your particular areas of interest. There is more detail in Section 8.
WHAT IS WESTCOTT VILLAGE FORUM? The Village Forum + is a non political body + has a legal status + is comprised of members of our village who have nominated themselves + is truly representative of the social, economic, age and mix from across the whole village + is giving you the chance to make your contribution to Westcott’s future
WHY HAVE A WESTCOTT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN? Government requires Mole Valley District Council to find land for approximately 1,000 new homes in the period to 2026. Without an additional pipeline of development land identified the Council and communities across the whole of MVDC are therefore vulnerable to being taken to appeal by developers promoting development in inappropriate locations. With the input of Westcott residents a Westcott Neighbourhood Plan can:- + Shape the future of development in the village + Identify the needs of the village + Help prevent unwanted development and maintain a balanced community
PROCESS AND TIMELINE For more information on Neighbourhood planning, visit the Mole Valley District Council website or go to Westcottvillageforum.com
NEXT STEPS Please fill in the survey. It will then go to the people doing the analysis, and the analysis will go on to the people who are putting the Plan together, reflecting the views of the combined surveys. This will be widely shared with everyone in the village, and there will be a Referendum in the village before the plan can be formally adopted.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME Tim Way, Chairman – on behalf of the Members of the Westcott Village Forum