A very warm welcome to our website. The Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan is being created by local residents, community groups and businesses and will shape how the parish changes in the coming years. This website is to help you understand what the Plan means for our community and how you can get involved.
Update from the NP Chairman (October 2020)
The Neighbourhood Plan is still in the process of being updated considering all the comments received at Regulation 14 review stage.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plan. The pandemic has caused an understandable delay, but during this period other factors have meant that some additional changes to the Neighbourhood Plan have been required. One of these factors is the review of car parking by ESC. This has had a significant impact as ESC have withdrawn the discounted monthly parking scheme which was for Wickham Market alone. This has forced the Neighbourhood Plan committee to reassess the need for a new car park and it has been decided to remove it from the Neighbourhood Plan completely. The issue of business parking in the village has been temporarily been resolved as people have been allowed to park in the Village Hall car park while the hall has been closed due to the pandemic. Now that the Village Hall is reopening this is beginning to cause an issue.
ESC issued their Local Plan on 23 September 2020. This plan contained a policy for 150 houses in a development within the Wickham Market settlement boundary, but in Pettistree parish. In addition to this development Wickham Market is to find land for the development of 70 new houses within the parish boundary by 2036. A planning application has now been submitted by Hopkins Homes for the Pettistree development and letters of objection have been sent by Wickham Market and Pettistree parish councils.
Work continues to finalise the Neighbourhood Plan and to complete the supporting documents which are:a. The Habitats Regulation Assessment.
b. The Strategic Environmental Assessment
c. The Basic Conditions statement
d. The Consultation Statement.
Cllr Dick Jenkinson, Chairman of Wickham Market Neighbourhood Plan Committee