Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Briefing Note
1st August 2018
Each month the Society has been keeping you abreast of progress with regard to the Village’s Neighbourhood Plan (NP) via your Monthly Newsletter. Recently there have been important developments with regard to the Plan and the Society needs to bring these and the potential implications to your attention. This note will endeavour to set out the background to these developments and give the facts in an open and unbiased way. Out of necessity it is a lengthy and detailed communication and we do not apologise for that!
The key messages are :-
- The Neighbourhood Plan is currently out for consultation and comment
- The Plan HAS CHANGED from the Plan publicised in March / April and on which you may have previously commented
- Members are encouraged to send comments on the new Plan – deadline 24 August
Addingham Parish Council (PC) is the responsible qualifying body for the Neighbourhood Plan. During the middle of July it distributed a flyer around Addingham stating that the Neighbourhood Plan was going forward without the “Housing Allocation” (i.e. the 3 sites in the village which were considered suitable for new housing). The flyer stated that itwas intended “……to help protect the policies you support as soon as we can……and bring forward site allocations at a later date”. It gave no indication of the fundamental difference of opinion within the Forum between the PC members who supported removal of the“Housing Allocation” and the rest of the Forum who did not. Also no mechanism or timescale was given for reinstating “Housing Allocation” into the Plan at a later date.
The background to this Draft NP document is as follows:-
- An “Advisory Group’ of the Council – the Neighbourhood Plan Forum –was formed to undertake the work on the Plan. The Forum comprises 3 Parish Councillors (including one District Councillor) plus volunteers (representatives of Addingham Civic Society and village residents). The PC has appointed a professional Planning Consultant Michael Wellock as an adviser and to write the document.
- Work on the NP started in 2015 and it has reached the draft plan stage. Plan topics include environment, housing, green spaces, traffic, heritage and community facilities.
- Virtually all the technical detail (amounting collectively to hundreds of hours) was done by skilled and highly qualified professional members of the Society serving on the Forum, Michael Wellock, and the Parish Clerk.
- A key decision taken at the outset was to include Housing Site Allocations in the Plan in order to try to meet the housing requirement of 200 dwellings, allocated for Addingham in Bradford’s Local Plan Core Strategy. In theory this gives the Village a say in where future houses are located.
- After extensive survey work utilising Bradford Council’s methodology for assessing potential housing sites, 3 sites were identified which the Forum and the Parish Council considered suitable for housing development. These were included in the Draft Plan which was subject to a major public exhibition on the 9th and 10th of March 2018, with the consultation period running to 7th of April. It received overwhelming support from residents for all the policies. Two of the proposed housing sites were very strongly supported. There was also strong support for the third, the Old School Site, although some reservations were expressed about the use of part of the land for housing, mainly regarding access.
- The Draft Plan was finalised by the Forum prior to adoption by the Parish Council at a meeting following its AGM on 16th However the meeting was informed of the need to speed the passage of the Plan through to a local referendum and adoption in May 2019 and this could only be achieved by removing the Housing Site Allocations Policy from the Plan as it was proving problematic with Bradford. The Plan would then proceed with a “streamlined” version. Justification for this action was unclear and financially based around the potential loss of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) money which is generated from new developments. A motion to pursue this course of action was approved and ratified at an Extraordinary Meeting on 4th June. Unspecified steps would be taken to reinstate Housing Site Allocations after the adoption of the Plan. It is worth noting that in recent years housing provision in Addingham has proved very contentious and generated high levels of interest and comment.
- The non-PC members of the Neighbourhood Plan Forum were unaware that the Parish Council planned to remove Housing Site Allocations and two informal meetings of the Forum were held where the PC endeavoured to explain the rationale for its action. The non-PC members were adamant that the NP should be left intact. About this time Bradford finally commented on our Draft NP. They supported most of the policies, but said that further work was required to justify the Housing Site Allocations. The non-PC members of the Forum felt this work could be delivered relatively quickly and need not delayprogress unduly. However the PC felt the process would continue to be delayed by Bradford and decided to proceed with a streamlined version of the Plan.
- Whilst the Plan retains excellent policies it is the view of the non-PC Forum Representatives, who include members of the Civic Society, that by removing the Housing Site Allocations the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has been weakened and will leave the Village more vulnerable to aggressive developer applications in the short term. By the time the PC embarks on a fresh consultation to reinstate the Housing Site Allocations, post the referendum in May 2019, the exercise will probably be irrelevant. It could take a further year or more, by which time fundamental housing decisions will have been taken.
It should also be noted that:
- There are other policies in the plan, which were strongly supported by Village residents in the March consultation and they remain, with only minor changes. The proposals for Local Green Space designation, which give a strong level of protection, for instance, are unaltered.
- The PC as the body responsible for the NP is of course perfectly entitled to proceed as indicated.
As stated above the Revised Draft Neighbourhood Plan is currently in a further 6 week statutory Regulation 14 Consultation Period ending on 24th August. The document can be viewed on the Council’s website http://www.addingham-pc.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Addingham-Reg-14-Draft-Neighbourhood-Plan.pdf
The website also details places in the village where paper copies of the document have been deposited. These are: The Memorial Hall, Community Library, Medical Centre, Rowlands Pharmacy (by the Medical Centre), Civic Society Telephone kiosk on Church St., Co-op, Post Office. Anyone wishing to comment is asked to use the response form, which can be found on the Parish Council website and also attached to this note. Respondents are asked whether they support/object or wish to comment on specific policies.
We would strongly urge Members to take the opportunity to comment on a fundamentally different plan to that presented at the 9th of March Informal Consultation (Open Event)at the Memorial Hall.
How to comment on the Plan
- Read the plan document (!) (available as indicated above)
- Print off the Response Form attached to your email (as many copies as you need), write up your comments, and deliver the form(s) to the Old School building
- You can also access the Response Form via the PC’swebsite:
- Alternatively, save the form to your computer and type in your comments; then either email your form(s) to the Parish Clerk firstname.lastname@example.org or print them off and deliver them to the Old School
- Should you have any difficulty printing the response form then you can call into Hadfields Printers on Main Street and pick one (or more) up
- A separate form is required for each policy you are commenting on. You will need to check the plan document for the policy and page number. Tick the appropriate box on the form to show if you are supporting, objecting to or commenting on a policy in the Plan; it is also possible to tick more than one box – eg where you want to support and make comments, or object and make comments.
If you require any help in understanding the Plan or advice in making your comments, then please contact Malcolm Keeble via email: email@example.com
Our Solar System
17th July 2018
‘Our Solar System’ was the topic for our meeting on Thursday 19th July. As usual the meeting was in the Memorial Hall and started at 7.30pm. The speaker was Dr. Bill Jones.
Bill gave us a talk about where our Solar System fits in to the known Universe. He then presented an up to date state of the game about what we know about the Solar System and the planets and other bodies that we have. This included information about discoveries made only this year. We are gaining knowledge about the Solar System at an ever increasing rate.
This presentaion was extremely well received by all the members present.
Members Meeting 17th May 2018
9th May 2018
Dr. Stephen Lewis talked about ‘Brimham Rocks 120 Million years ago’. His talk was be preceded by the AGM which will be the subject of a separate report.
A Planning Update
28th February 2018
The big news this month is the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan (NP) ‘drop in’ event on the 9th and 10th of March. The NP Forum members (which include representatives from the Society) have been working tirelessly for some time on behalf of the Village and this event will be their opportunity to present a draft of the ‘Preferred Options Neighbourhood Plan’.
Residents should attend to get the latest information and to give their views and comments.
The Addingham Civic Society Annual General Meeting
11th February 2018
The Society’s Annual General Meeting is on the 17th of May, immediately before what promises to be a fascinating talk about Brimham Rocks. So, plenty of time to think about whether you want to ‘throw your hat in the ring’ and put your name forward to be a Trustee or one of the Officers ! More details will be in your April and May Newsletters, but if you want to find out what’s involved in the meantime, then contact your Chairman.
11th February 2018
We are always looking to bring a bit of variety and February was no exception. It was a comedy and quiz night and was a bit different that’s for sure. A couple of our Trustees (Ken Birch and Jack Robson) did a ‘Comedy Slot’ which was great fun and your Chairman brought a ‘Yorkshire Picture Quiz’.
Spring Fayre: Saturday the 7th of April.
11th February 2018
One of the big Village events of the year; our Spring Fayre. Doors open at 10.00am (not 11.00am as in the last couple of years) and we’ll have all our usual stalls and refreshments will be available of course. Put aside your books, toys, good bric-a-brac and something for the tombola! It’s a big fund raising event for the Society. So please put this date in your diary……
Our ‘adopted’ Kiosk
11th February 2018
Progress towards the refurbishment continues to go well, albeit hampered to a large extent by the adverse weather conditions. In the meantime we’ve considered very carefully all the suggestions put forward as to how the kiosk should be used and the majority were in favour of it being a ‘Village Information Point’. It will have information about the Village, it’s activities, Clubs and Societies etc. It can be very much a multi purpose facility and we are convinced that it will add real value to our Community. We are currently looking at how we will fit out the kiosk, with shelving, signs and other fittings.
Our Environment Group
11th February 2018
As our plans for 2018 get underway there will be many opportunities to become involved. Two, unrelated, things to start with, firstly litter and secondly growing wildflowers from seed.
On litter we’re planning to recruit a team of village litter-pickers. We can provide green sacks, gloves, litter pickers and high-viz jackets. All you need to do is take responsibility for an agreed patch of the village, or surrounding countryside, along the public paths within the parish, go out and once a week or so, pick up litter: bag it and bin it! Simple, but we need to start now whilst the grass is short!
Our aim is for Addingham to be a plastic litter free zone by the end of the year. It’s not only the oceans that suffer from plastic pollution!
On growing wildflowers from seed, we are planning to introduce, or re-introduce, a very attractive wildflower called Betony (Stachys officinalis) to some of our wildflower plots in the village. However, it is not an easy plant to grow simply by sowing seed directly into the soil. A better way is to sow the wildflower seed in pots and then plant the seedlings out, as plug plants, once they have become established.
Addingham Environment Group Update
13th December 2017
We now have both Facebook and Twitter accounts. Please search for “Addingham Environment Group” and follow us!
With the Parish Council’s permission we can now go ahead and create wildflower areas in the Memorial Hall Field. Together with Garden Friends on Old Station Way and on the Skipton Road bank and with other organisations and individuals in the village, this will allow us to make progress with our village wildflower project and take part in a wider regional project called “Bee Together” being proposed by the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. More, probably much more, later!
Neighbourhood Plan Up-Date
13th December 2017
Some more progress to report on the Neighbourhood Plan – but also some more work required! Bradford Council officers kindly attended the NP Forum meeting on 13 November and gave a lot of feedback on the group’s work on housing sites and greenspace. As a result, some additional effort is required – Bradford Council Highways officers will assess potential housing sites from an access and traffic angle, and Conservation Officers will be looking at the impact development of each site might have on the Conservation Area and other heritage features. The Forum has asked that this work is undertaken within the current timeframe for the Plan so as to avoid undue delay.
Forum members will also be re-visiting some existing site assessments and also looking at two new sites which Bradford Council have identified for possible housing development.
On Traffic and Transport, a huge number of residents’ comments and suggestions have been collated and analysed, and the relevant Forum members are looking at possible solutions. It has to be said that traffic and parking are long-running issues in the village, and there are no easy answers!
Work is underway on the Community Facilities and Infrastructure topic, starting with consultation with village clubs and organisations, whilst on the Business and Economy topic, the business survey questionnaire (paper copies and an online version) are in circulation.
Kirkwells, the planning consultants advising the Forum and Parish Council, are pulling all the work into a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan, and arrangements are being made for a major public consultation with residents as soon as possible in the New Year.
Our Latest Blue Plaque
13th December 2017
Yes it’s the Village’s 8th plaque (with yet another to follow in the next few months…)
The unveiling of the Penny Hole Plaque took place at 11.00am on Saturday the 9th of Dec.
Penny Hole Cottage is down at Low Mill Village and the home of Colin Welby.
The plaque reads ‘This building was the gatehouse for the historically significant Low Mill the world’s first successful worsted spinning mill built in 1787 workers who were late were fined one penny’.
Colin had generously agreed to pay half the cost of the plaque with the balance being shared equally between the Society and the Parish Council.
Despite the very cold weather there was a large turnout of Society members. Colin warmed us all up with mulled wine and mince pies.
The Society ‘Adopts’ a BT telephone Kiosk.
16th November 2017
Many of you will know that we have very recently ‘taken possession’ of the telephone kiosk on Church Street. It is a Grade II listed building and an iconic landmark in the Village and we certainly did not want it removed by BT, as they did with the kiosk on The Green, at the top of the Village. Once the refurbishment is complete we will decide what we shall do with it! We have had many suggestions and if you would like to have your say then drop an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mention it to one of the Society’s Trustees. You could even pop down to the Kiosk and write your suggestion/s on the note paper inside…..
The Civic Society Christmas Party
16th November 2017
Our hugely popular Xmas Party was on the 7th of December.
The Heritage Boys once more put on a star performance. There was much dancing and lots of festive activities. Everybody thought it was a great success and a large contribution was made to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance chaity.