A CALL TO ARMS
The Parish Council intends to expand an existing Steering Group to develop last year's Housing survey into a focussed Neighbourhood Plan, and asks for volunteers to help with this important project. Membership of the Parish Council is not necessary!! The intention is to include as wide a cross-section of the parish as possible.
The group will be led by an experienced planning consultant and will need a Chairman, Secretary and Finance Officer. If you would like to help shape the village's future, please either email The Clerk or contact any Councillor. Thanks!
JULY PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS
These will be held on the 13th of July from 7pm; Planning and Full Parish Meeting
HOUSING SURVEY - THE RESULTS
Results are now available for the Parish Council's 2015 Housing Survey. Things have changed slightly since the survey took place: for the updated postion concerning potential sites and to download the full results, please visit this page.
HOUSING - THE PARISH COUNCIL'S POSITION
Barcombe Cross is to have a minimum of 30 new homes between now and 2030. Why? Central Government requires all District Councils to find land for new houses, and the parish has been allocated that number. So change is definitely coming.
The recent Housing Survey helped build a picture of the housing that Barcombe parish needs and wants. The Parish Council presented this evidence to Lewes District Council, and early in 2016 will use it to decide whether or not a statutory Neighbourhood Plan is required.
Over the last few years LDC has contacted landowners across all parishes in its area asking for land which might be suitable for housing. Barcombe Parish Council was not, and is not, part of the process. Of the sites offered in our parish, so far only those in one area (south and east of Hillside Nursuries) have met LDC's criteria. It is likely that LDC will formally allocate thes sites for housing during 2016/17.
In principle the Parish Council is in favour of controlled growth, as it does not want Barcombe Cross to wither and die. We believe the parish needs starter homes, smaller family homes and homes to downsize to. We want the school, shops, churches, businesses and pubs to thrive, and we think that families and youngsters should be able to stay here if they wish. A flourishing population will keep the sports clubs, social clubs and activity clubs going, and maintain the existing well-run retained fire service. For this to come about the community needs homes that people want and can afford.