Milland villagers share their plan for the future

Milland Village Stores
Milland Village Stores
  • Milland’s neighbourhood plan will share the future of the village for the next 15 years
  • It is now available for comment before its final submission to the South Downs National Park Authority
  • Hard copies are available in the shop, school, pub and village hall

AFTER almost a year of hard work, Milland villagers have launched their draft neighbourhood plan for public consultation.

The plan, which will shape the future development of Milland over the next 15 years, is now available for villagers to make their comments before the final version is sent to the South Downs National Park Authority for further scrutiny, an independent examination and finally referendum is held asking for formal approval of the plan in Milland.

Over the past few months we’ve consulted very widely indeed in the parish, via open meetings, ‘regional’ meetings for different parts of the parish, direct consultations with individuals and with businesses

Steering group editor Val Porter

Leading the project, editor of the steering group Val Porter told the Observer: “We launched the draft plan at the parish council’s annual parish assembly.

“This is for its pre-submission consultation in the parish and with a large number of statutory consultees, all of whom have six weeks to put in their comments – deadline June 5 –before we put a final version to the SDNPA.”

She said the steering group had been working closely with the national park throughout the drafting stage adding: “Over the past few months we’ve consulted very widely indeed in the parish, via open meetings, ‘regional’ meetings for different parts of the parish, direct consultations with individuals and with businesses, and of course regular reports in Milland News, including a very detailed report in the December issue covering the policies that the plan will include.”

Val has now emailed some 250 households in the parish, which stretches as far as Forest Mere and the Liphook Equine Hospital, including the Wheatsheaf Enclosure in the north, and down to Borden Village and Titty Hill and Iping/Robins in the south.

She is offering to send copies of the plan, either in full or outlining its policies, objectives and projects.

“I’ve already sent out 30 or 40 files today in response to requests, and have also sent them to 20-30 statutory consultees and have invited all the neighbouring parishes to ask for copies as well. A printed copy of the plan is 
also available in Milland Stores for people to peruse but not take away, and more copies will be available in Milland Memorial Hall, Hollycombe School and the two pubs, for people to examine.”

A link on the parish council website is also planned.

“We hope to ensure everybody, including those not on email, hears all about the plan and makes their comments,” said Val. Those wishing a copy can email her on milland.news@virgin.net