The Newent Neighbourhood Development Plan

Welcome to the website of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for the parish of Newent. Please use the links here to find out more about what the NDP is, what we do, and how you can help make Newent a better place for everyone in the future.

Like it or not, major development is coming to Newent now and in the near future. We need a plan and we need a vision. Our Neighbourhood Development Plan is the best way to develop that vision for Newent’s future. Through this process, the community of Newent can help shape the future of the town and its surroundings while protecting the areas we treasure. To discover what an NDP is all about, click here.

The Steering Group of the Newent Neighbourhood Development Plan meets on the third Wednesday of each month, currently at the offices of Newent Town Council at 7pm.  Space can be somewhat limited, but if you would like to attend to make a contribution to a meeting,  please contact us by email first for an informal chat.  If you wish to suggest an agenda item, please contact us at least two weeks beforehand.

We are making progress through our series of themed surveys which dig deeper than was possible in the first consultation questionnaire. The first survey had Transport as its theme, followed by the first half of an Environmental Survey, focusing upon Countryside, Habitats and Wildlife. The next was on Services and Amenities, then followed the second half of the Environmental survey, looking at Human Impacts.

Once it is decided by the Steering Group that a survey has had a sufficient range and number of responses, the online version is closed and the results collected and analysed. However, this does not mean that further views on the topic will not be accepted.  There will be another major public consultation in due course to ensure that we have the best possible data on residents’ opinions.

Now we have launched the important Housing survey available online now, as well as a revised Business survey.  Further surveys are in the pipeline, on Leisure and Employment issues.

The anonymous data gathered by surveys will be used alongside information from statutory bodies and other relevant organisations to help build a picture of local needs, aspirations and opportunities.

From the evidence you give we will create the policies which make up the Neighbourhood Development Plan, so please take a few minutes to contribute your opinions and ideas by filling out the surveys.  When we complete our NDP, it will give our community the best chance to have its say, in the area it knows best, about how Newent should develop.

We completed our first public consultation in October, 2019. You can read all about it here