Update September 2018
The Fairford Neighbourhood Plan (FNP) submitted last year was not accepted by the Examiner because he felt we needed more robust justification for our site assessment.
So in October 2017 a new FNP Steering Group was set up with representatives from the Fairford community and the Town Council. The Group was given wider terms of reference to oversee and co-ordinate the production of a sound FNP.
Thus far the Steering Group has consulted with all interested parties including Cotswold Water Park Trust, Ernest Cook Trust, Gloucestershire County Council Highways, Hansons and of course Cotswold District Council. Group members have revised those sections of the FNP which had been criticised by the Examiner.
The Steering Group has obtained funds for consultants, Water Resource Associates, to conduct a Hydrological Study of the Fairford area concentrating on groundwater flood risk assessment. This Study is due to report in September 2018.
In parallel the Steering Group has secured funds for consultants, AECOM, to prepare a Sustainability Appraisal and Site Assessments also due to be finalised in September 2018.
This will provide the Steering Group with more robust evidence for site assessments. It will also allow us to submit a draft (Reg 14) FNP late summer, with a view to a final (Reg 16) FNP before the end of the year.
There will be a public consultation period later in the year but Fairford residents are welcome to attend any Steering Group meeting or to contact any Group members at any time.
Why do we need a Neighbourhood Plan for Fairford?
We cannot change the past but we can, and must, plan for the future.
A Neighbourhood Plan is not just about future housing, but will also look at what needs to be done for employment and business growth, roads, drainage, schools, healthcare and other facilities for ALL the community, up until 2040.
The plan must be community driven, and represent the views and wishes of YOU, the residents of Fairford. Through this, YOU will be able to influence the future of Fairford.
This Neighbourhood Plan, when agreed, will have legal force, so the Planning authority (and Planning Inspectorate) will have to take notice of it.
Click here for what is involved in a Neighbourhood Plan. Funding is provided by grants.