Since January 2017, residents of Surfleet have had the opportunity to share their vision for their local neighbourhood.
Neighbourhood (Development) Plans give communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area over the next ten, fifteen, twenty years in ways that meet identified local need and make sense for local people.
Surfleet Parish Council formally designated the parish of Surfleet as a neighbourhood area for a Neighbourhood Plan in March 2017. A Steering Group was formed combining both members of the Parish Council and the community. This group held a series of awareness raising events in 2017 before beginning a period of formal consultation.
Local Lincolnshire newspaper, Spalding Today, have reported on a communitywide questionnaire that gathered people’s view on a number of topics such as environmental, housing, transport, business and community issues. You can read more here at Spalding Today.
Surfleet Primary School welcomed the opportunity to be involved. Through liaison with the schools head teacher it was agreed that Community Lincs would attend school assembly to talk to the children about the Neighbourhood Plan, and generate ideas for their involvement.
A tree was created for children to attach their wishes and these are a few of the ideas from children:
Community Lincs are able to provide a flexible service supporting the individual needs of your Neighbourhood Planning Group. Whether you are just starting out on the process and need support in developing the initial work plan and raising community awareness or whether you have drawn up a draft written plan and need someone to critically review it we can provide the necessary bespoke support.
For more information about our service, please contact Janet Clark on01529 302466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.