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Kirdford plan looks set to make it first past the post

Nick Herbert MP receives a copy of Kirdfords proposed Neighbourhood Plan from Councillor Josef Ransley. SUS-140403-160620001

Nick Herbert MP receives a copy of Kirdfords proposed Neighbourhood Plan from Councillor Josef Ransley. SUS-140403-160620001

THE KIRDFORD Neighbourhood Plan is set to be the first in the county to go forward 
to a referendum after getting the thumbs-up from Chichester District Council (CDC).

The CDC seal of approval was the last piece of the jigsaw and meant the 
end of the formal process for the plan.

It is now hoped the referendum will be held on May 1, with villagers being asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to: “Do you want Chichester District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Kirdford Parish to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?”

The plan, including its ‘development’ section, incorporates a range of community projects designed to conserve and improve the quality of the parish over the next 15 years as well as manage any new development in a manner that maintains 
the essential character of the area.

Located ‘on the road to nowhere’ centrally in the West Weald and partly in the South Downs National Park, volunteer groups working with the parish council have in recent years opened an award-winning community shop, carried out tree, orchard and hedge planting schemes, improved footpaths, maintained and improved the historic church and increased the number of visitors.

Josef Ransley, who has led the Neighbourhood Plan project, said: “It now sets out a range of projects to ensure Kirdford remains a place where residents and their children will continue to enjoy living.

“The plan is therefore a living document and if supported in the referendum, it will give a challenging but rewarding way forward.”

The challenges would include, he said, the oil and gas exploration plan in the parish, but ‘a community united in pursuing its defined objectives for the future can continue to achieve its aspirations’.

 

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