Monthly Updates
  July 5th

NOVEMBER 2019 UPDATE

 

After a period of further evidence based refinement and iterative drafting of the neighbourhood plan over the spring and summer, including the completion of a third party report into possible development sites. The Stebbing Neighbourhood Plan committee has resumed it’s final push to complete the plan ready for public consultation.

 

The current situation is:

  • Draft plan sent to Rachel Hogger (a third party consultant and expert in neighbourhood plans) for appraisal. Rachel has reviewed it and sent comments and revisions back to be considered and included as appropriate.

 

  • A selection of images of the village and surrounding landscape are being finalised for inclusion.

 

  • A letter will shortly be sent to the owners of land being considered for potential housing locations in the parish, in order to ascertain their views as to whether their site will be available.

 

  • Meeting to be booked with representatives from UDC for their first review of the plan.

 

The next meeting of the Steering Group will be advised after the above steps have been taken.

DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE

Happy New Year to everybody in Stebbing. 2019 moves us into the 3rd year of working on the Stebbing Neighbourhood Plan and all being well will see its completion. 

 

2018 saw much progress made, including:

 

  • The completion of the list of Local Green Spaces to be included in the plan.

 

  • The completion of the list of possible development sites to be included in the plan, with the list sent to a third party for their expert views.

 

  • Agreement on the size and location of a Green Wedge between the potential new development at Andrewsfield and Stebbing Green and the village.

 

 

  • First draft of the full plan completed.

 

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday 5th February at 7.30 in the Old Friend’s Meeting House.


Finally, for those of you a little unsure what a Neighbourhood Plan is, especially given the flood of other information you get sent from various sources, below is a very brief explanation:

 

Neighbourhood planning is a vital part of the Government's plans to help local communities play a much stronger role in the shaping of their area. For the first time, local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and has real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the local authority should bring the plan into force.

OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE

Little to report this month as we await an independent consultancy report reviewing the suitability of potential housing developments submitted to the committee.

Work on the final wording of the report is well under way, in readiness for submission to the Parish Council, UDC and for Public Consultation.

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday 4th December at 7.30 in the Old Friend’s Meeting House.
 

SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE

A quiet month for the Stebbing Neighbourhood Plan Committee.

All submitted applications for possible development sites is being reviewed by the committee and will be sent to an independent consultancy shortly for them to review the suitability of potential housing development.

The committee had planned have a stall at the Stebbing Village Fete in September to give out information and be on-hand to answer any questions. Unfortunately the weather intervened and the Fete was sadly cancelled.

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 30th October at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

AUGUST 2018 UPDATE

The ‘call for sites’ exercise, asking for possible development sites in Stebbing is now closed. All submitted applications will be reviewed by the Steering Group as well as by an independent consultancy, to ensure we have a specialist view of the suitability of potential new housing site candidates.

 

The Stebbing Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has responded to the UDC Local Plan (Reg 19), particularly relating to the proposed West of Braintree Garden Community. Details of the response can be found on the web site at www.stebbingneighbourhoodplan.co.uk

 

The next meeting of the Steering Group will be in early October, details to be announced soon.

JULY 2018 UPDATE

There are two aspects which we are currently working on for the Stebbing Neighbourhood Plan as we move towards the drafting of policies.

 

Firstly, the closing date for the ‘call for sites’ exercise is the 13th August. Details of this and a submission form can be found on the SNP web site. Once all previously submitted and new submissions are to hand, these will all be reviewed by the steering group as well as by an independent consultancy, to ensure we have a specialist professional view of the suitability of potential housing site candidates. We will be discussing and reviewing these matters with UDC at the appropriate time also.

 

Secondly, an archaeological report for the parish is awaited from archaeologist Chris Going. This will describe and set out the hidden archaeology lying below the ground of our village and the surrounding countryside, which is of considerable heritage importance and will represent an important part of our “evidence” for the policies to be included in the plan concerning the alleged sustainability of any possible development in the areas of Andrewsfield / Boxted Wood / Stebbing Green.

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 4th September at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

 

JUNE 2018 UPDATE

Subsequent to our last update, featured in Stebbing Scene, some indications of interest were received as to further sites which might potentially be available for housing. These (and those previously submitted to UDC) will be considered by us taking into account the latest draft policies from UDC and our own emerging policies, which will reflect “sustainability” and factors responded to in the Residents’ Questionnaire regarding the importance of the landscape and heritage of Stebbing. We are looking to employ third party expertise to review the sites put forward for potential development prior to the plan being published, to ensure we have a neutral and professional view of possible new builds.

 

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 31st July at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

 

MAY 2018 UPDATE

We are pleased to report that work on writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan in anticipation of consultation with the residents continues well. We are in the course of actively reviewing and revising this and believe we are making good progress. Clare Basham-Smith has joined us to assist with photography for the plan.

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 3rd July at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

During our work we have investigated the hidden archaeology lying below ground, this is an important and a legal requirement. In the case of our Parish, the Stebbing Green area is of significance.

 

The best-known sites where archaeological excavation has taken place are Romano-British, namely a villa near Boxted Wood, a malt house just south of it and an agricultural estate and workshop in fields north of Porter’s Hall, extending possibly over about 60 acres. The suggestion is that there were two self-sufficient agricultural establishments located in this area, based on arable and livestock farming, but involved other activities, including metal working and possibly pottery production. 

 

Evidence has been found of window glass and painted wall plaster and suggestions of a hypocaust, with a roller stamped hypocaust tile, so the villa building had some attractive architectural features.  Two Roman pots with graffiti were discovered (among hundreds of other metal ware, smelting relics, mill stone fragments) which had ownership inscriptions: namely of a woman, Postimia; and a man, Taur(inus). These are the oldest named inhabitants of Stebbing!! 

 

We are cooperating with an archaeologist, Chris Going (who was born and bred in the village) and has participated in the discovery of and written extensively upon the archaeology of Stebbing. We will also be engaging with Historic England shortly to discuss with them the published reports and the extent to which further excavatory work might be needed properly to identify the hitherto undiscovered archaeological remains, which will then be of use to landowners, the ECC and UDC planning authorities and ourselves in better informing any development considerations which might be applicable.

APRIL 2018 UPDATE

As the Second Anniversary of our establishment approaches, we are glad to report that work on writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan in anticipation of consultation with the residents continues well. We are in the course of actively reviewing and revising this and believe we are making good progress.

Meanwhile, a meeting with UDC between members of the Steering Group, to be attended also by Rachel Hogger of Modicum Planning and by our landscape consultants The Landscape Partnership, has now been scheduled for May 10th. The meeting is to discuss landscape and heritage matters; the potential for a green wedge between Andrewsfield/Boxted Wood and Stebbing Green and the village; Local Green Spaces; and UDC current policy towards sites potentially put forward for housing.

 

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 5th June at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

MARCH 2018 UPDATE

Work on writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan in anticipation of consultation with the residents continues. A first draft of much of the plan has been completed. We are in the course of actively reviewing and revising this and believe we are making good progress.

The meeting scheduled in March with UDC, referred to in our last monthly update was postponed as UDC had not completed their further studies and it will be rearranged as soon as they are. The meeting to discuss landscape and heritage matters; the green wedge between Andrewsfield and Stebbing Green and the village; local green spaces; and other sites available for development.

The Government continues to support the concept of Neighbourhood Planning, with additional funding being made available to Neighbourhood Planning groups in a new programme commencing in April 2018.  

John Evans has been elected as new chairman of the Steering Group.

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 3rd April at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.
 

FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE

Work on writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan in anticipation of consultation with the residents continues. 

Members of the Steering Group, supported by the planning adviser appointed to assist us, Rachel Hogger of Modicum Planning, will be meeting senior officers of Uttlesford District Council in the middle of March. They will be joined by The Landscape Partnership who wrote the Landscape and Capacity Appraisal of the Parish (a copy is to be found on our web site). The purpose of the meeting will be to advise and discuss with UDC the views of the residents as expressed to the Steering Group as to:

  • Landscape issues.

  • Heritage matters.

  • Green wedge/buffer between Andrewsfield and Stebbing Green and the village.

  • The sites available for development as currently put forward to UDC.

  • Local green spaces.

Robert James has relinquished the role of chairman of the committee for personal reasons and a new chair will be appointed shortly. We wish to say a huge thank you to Robert for all his hard work and perseverance over the last 18 months to get us this far. 

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 6th March at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

JANUARY 2018 UPDATE

Work on writing the draft Neighbourhood Plan in anticipation of consultation with the residents continues. 

Members of the Steering Group, supported by the planning adviser appointed to assist us, Rachel Hogger of Modicum Planning, will be meeting senior officers of Uttlesford District Council in the middle of March. They will be joined by The Landscape Partnership who wrote the Landscape and Capacity Appraisal of the Parish (a copy is to be found on our web site). The purpose of the meeting will be to advise and discuss with UDC the views of the residents as expressed to the Steering Group as to:

  • Landscape issues.

  • Heritage matters.

  • Green wedge/buffer between Andrewsfield and Stebbing Green and the village.

  • The sites available for development as currently put forward to UDC.

  • Local green spaces.

Robert James has relinquished the role of chairman of the committee for personal reasons and a new chair will be appointed shortly. We wish to say a huge thank you to Robert for all his hard work and perseverance over the last 18 months to get us this far. 

The next meeting of the Steering Group is on Tuesday, 6th March at 7.30 in the Old Friends’ Meeting House.

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