The plan has had a lengthy and somewhat fractious incubation into what you are being asked to vote on. There is no change in our view on the incredibly poor ‘real’ public consultation that left many residents feeling very let down; but that is now in the past and we move forward.
You may recollect the document that you were sent for comment detailing the original draft Neighbourhood Plan and it is important to note that very significant parts of that original plan have been rewritten and deleted as a result of recommendations made by the Examiner on the plan in May 2016.
In fact, of the 42 Policies in the original draft Neighbourhood Plan, The Examiner recommended wholesale deletion of 16 Policies (38%); 8 Policies (19%) were recommended for substantial amendment, 12 Policies (29%) were recommended for minor amendment.
Please take some time to reacquaint yourself with what is now in our Neighbourhood Plan and consider how the policy amendments have made it different from the last one.
Below is the link:
Or visit Winchcombe Library or Winchcombe Town Council Offices for a printed version to read.
We consider that the most significant change was the removal of the whole section dealing with the development of the AONB site at Almsbury Farm and the suggestions for the retirement village. This was recommended for entire deletion by the Examiner and is no longer in the plan.
You may also recall the site known as West of Winchcombe was removed prior to submission to the Examiner.
Therefore two of our core objections: the proposed developments within Winchcombe’s AONB; at Almsbury Farm and West of Winchcombe are not referenced in the document.
The Friends Of Winchcombe Committee are neutral on how you should vote. In the current presentation, the Plan, whilst far from perfect, would not be against the FOW ethos and membership direction. In our view it is not detrimental to Winchcombe in terms of its application by TBC or any Authority regarding planning applications within the AONB. We are ultimately still very much affected by Tewkesbury Borough Council and their interpretation of planning applications for sites in Winchcombe, in gaining protection for Winchcombe and the AONB.
We suggest that once you’ve reacquainted yourself with the final document, you will have reached your own conclusion on its merit and vote accordingly.