The New Development Powers

Before March 2015, national planning policy required the EDDC to impose development obligations on parishes throughout the region. There was, therefore, an expectation that some development would have to take place in Broadhembury Parish, whether needed locally or not. This was the platform for the Parish Council’s public consultation process, now no longer relevant. From … More The New Development Powers

BVM raises concerns at Parish Council Meeting

Last night the Steering Committee of BVM and a large group of supporters filled the Village Hall to capacity to register their concerns about the development proposals in the PC’s Neighbourhood Plan and to seek responses to unanswered questions. Towards the end of the discussion PC Chairman Bob Nelson stated that “If the village residents … More BVM raises concerns at Parish Council Meeting

Neighbourhood Plan: Does Urbanisation Threaten Our Village?

Are you aware that our Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan includes the intention to develop some 15 modern houses opposite the Village Hall?

Do you feel comfortable about the impact of such a development almost at the heart of our totally unspoiled 16th Century village? The wonderfully conserved village centre with its thatched cottages could be visually overwhelmed by the proximity of so many modern estate houses. Street lighting would ruin our wonderful night skies. Pavements, additional footpaths and “street furniture” would disfigure the inherent character of the village as we know it.

Did you know that that Parish Council sees the overall number and size of houses as being in the hands of the landowner/developer – or that a “preferred developer” has already been identified? Or that the land so far identified for development is just a small parcel of a very much larger site belonging to the same owner/would-be developer? … More Neighbourhood Plan: Does Urbanisation Threaten Our Village?

Broadhembury Village Matters established

On November 5th a group of some 30 residents met to discuss concerns about development proposals said to feature in the Parish Council’s yet-to-be-published Neighbourhood Plan. It was agreed to mount a challenge to these proposals since they were considered – by almost all at the meeting – to be vastly disproportionate in scale, destructive … More Broadhembury Village Matters established