NDP Update – Sept 2021

NDP Open Day

With the increasing number of news stories about potential new developments near, and sometimes in, our parish, it is becoming even more important to ensure that you are up to date on our development plans and have an opportunity to have your say.

As you are aware, we are working on our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and are getting close to submitting our final proposals. Before we finish the final draught, we believe it is critical that we have an opportunity to share our proposed policies and site allocations with you directly in order to get your feedback. Announcing the Cold Ash Parish NDP Open Day.

It is with great pleasure that I announce our upcoming NDP Open Day, which will be held on October 23rd, 2021 at the Acland Memorial Hall in Cold Ash. Starting at 11 a.m. and continuing all day (until 1600), we will share the details behind our policies and show you the potential development sites within the parish in greater detail, along with our recommendations.

Why should you think about going, I hear you ask? So, now is your chance to learn about our parish’s plans for growth over the next 15 years and to have your say. You may recall that we held an event a while back where we asked you a number of key questions about what you would like to see happen and, more importantly, what you would not support in terms of future development. Based on that feedback we have developed our plans, but of course it’s your support that counts and that’s why we really want to hear from you! So, if you are able to join us on the 23rd we will share details around our plans for growth in the parish to 2036 including:

  • Explaining what the neighbourhood plan is and what it can and cannot be used for
  • The story of what has happened so far in the parish and our planned next steps
  • Our vision and objectives for positive growth to 2036
  • Our progress on the policies and gain your valuable feedback
  • Getting your vital feedback on the work we have undertaken on the potential housing development sites within the parish  
  • Capturing all additional feedback and project ideas you may have

During the day, we intend to have our local councillors as well as the NDP teams available to speak with you. We will have many displays with detailed plans, photographs, and policy details to make it as interesting as
possible. We’d love to meet as many of you as possible, so please mark it on your calendar!

As if that wasn’t enough, we’ll be running and ultimately asking you to vote for the top photographs in our NDP Photographic competition and also awarding some great prizes.

NDP Photographic Competition

Could you spare a little time over the summer holidays to help us complete our Neighbourhood Development Plan and possibly win a prize?? We are looking for photographs of our wonderful parish that capture our beautiful landscapes, historic buildings, parish values, and village charm for the final document. Everyone is welcome to assist us, and we will be awarding prizes for the best judged photos from both junior and senior entrants. It would be fantastic if you could share your great shots, creative landscapes, and charming village vistas on our community Facebook forum or our parish website! Please keep in mind that the more creative you are, the better, but don’t forget to include the location in the parish of the shot
as well as your name for reference.

The competition will run till the 21st October 2021 and will be judged by our parish from a short list of photographs on the 23rd during our Open Day.

We are pleased to be offering some great prizes too:

  • For the best judged overall photograph, a chance to see our wonderful parish from the air! A wonderful adventure flight in a light aircraft for up to 3 people (the winning photographer plus 2 guests) around and over the parish taking off from west London.
  • For the best runners up in the Junior and Senior age groups 2 £50 Amazon gift vouchers!   

Please keep in mind that by submitting your photos, you grant us permission to use them in our parish NDP documentation.

We have already received some wonderful entries, for which we are grateful,
but we need more, so please help us with these photographs in advance, and
Happy Snapping!!

Good luck in the competition and we look forward to seeing you on the 23rd