We’re planning the future of Denmead village until 2031

PLANS Neil Lander-Brinkley
PLANS Neil Lander-Brinkley
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THROUGHOUT February, the Denmead Neighbourhood Plan team have taken over the empty former Natwest bank premises in Denmead’s shopping area to enable it to hold drop in sessions.

These will enable residents to talk to members of the team and give them their views.

They can take part in a series of surveys without lifting a pen – by putting stickers on wall charts on such subjects as recreation, housing and employment.

It is so important that we get the views of residents – after all it is Denmead people who are writing a plan for Denmead for the next 20 years, so its their views we need.

This is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and conservation of the village of Denmead.

Under the government’s Localism legislation, the plan will form the statutory development plan for the area until 2031.

It will have much more weight than any previous form of local plan.

It will be equivalent to the Local Plan prepared by Winchester City Council.

Denmead is one of only 120 Frontrunner parishes and towns in England and Wales which have been chosen by Department for Communities to receive a grant to do the work.

The drop-in centre will be open on Saturdays, February 15 and 23, from 9.30am to 1.30pm, as well as during the day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between those dates.

Check the window of the shop for details or look at the website denmeadneighbourhoodplan.org.uk to find out more.

The most important thing is to make your voice heard and come and talk to us.