More than 400 people turned out to the latest consultation event for Petworth’s neighbourhood plan.
Town councillors, volunteers from the 30-strong group who have been working on the plan together with representatives from the South Downs National Park Authority were on hand to answer questions throughout the day.
They presented proposals for a series of development options and a wealth of ideas covering the five areas of plan - housing, working and shopping, leisure and well-being, environment, sustainability and design and ‘getting around’.
At the same time, Petworth Town Council which is leading work on the plan, unveiled the initial results of the traffic and transport study it commissioned which is designed to calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety around Petworth. Both issues were identified as key concerns for residents during last year’s consultation events.
Chris Kemp, chairman of the town council said: “It was a fantastic day which saw enthusiastic residents from all parts of the parish taking part and being involved in this important part of the planning process.
“Although the majority came from the centre and southerly aspects of the town, many visitors dropped in from Duncton, Egdean, Fittleworth and north towards Northchapel despite the heavy rain showers.
“The atmosphere was upbeat with open discussion and a lot of thoughtful questions. We’d like to thank everyone who gave up their valuable time to come along and give their input. Nothing has been decided yet and parishioner views are vital to go forward to the next stage.”
Plan steering group chairman Douglas Cooper added: “A large proportion of those who came spent a considerable time reading the displays and showed genuine interest in our ideas and proposals. It will be interesting to hear what they thought and to use that feedback to formulate the draft Plan.”
Residents can provide their feedback online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PetworthNP. The deadline is Friday, July 8. The draft plan is expected to be ready for public referendum next year.
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