Update from the NDP drop-in session, 8th March 2013

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The Results of the drop-in session

held in the Village Hall, 8th March 2013


This public drop-in session was held to introduce the community of Bramley to the idea of Neighbourhood Planning. The Parish Council has to be the official leader of the plan, but it is the community as a whole who dictate what the plan includes as to the future of Bramley Parish.  Once adopted, after an independent examination followed by a referendum, it becomes statutorily adopted, which means it becomes part of the local planning regulation and must be taken into account by developers and planners. The final stage of approval, the referendum, ensures that the whole community has a final say on whether the Neighbourhood Plan comes into force.

The open session ran from 3.30pm to 7.30pm and Cllr Malcolm Bell, Cllr Anthony Durrant, Cllr Janet Grieve and Cllr Richard Wood were on hand for the whole period and support from Cllr Chris Holland who was involved discussing Transport Problems with residents. Thanks to Sarah for help in producing the flyers and nibbles.

In total 152 people attended and there was a lot of enthusiasm for the Plan,

with 21 people offering their services to be part of the Steering Group

and 14 people offering their services on sub-committees, analysis and research.



There was a ‘Marmite Quiz’ to introduce people to some of the issues that Bramley Faces.

Analysis of those papers gave the following results:-                                                            






Do you Love the Village Green?




Do you Love large Estates?




Village School - Big Enough?




Should the Village have a say ref build on RBL site?




Village Shop - position




Open Views across Green      




Street Parking




Small Developments?




Do you Mind Driving Delays/level crossing?




Want More Places to work?




Want More playing fields?    




Industrial Estate, Love, Hate, More of?

18% More



Open Views Across Fields - interrupted by housing Development?




Village hall - Love/Hate/Good enough?



Good Enough





Some other interesting information.


There were further comments from residents explaining their concerns. These are categorised:-



Need for Community Village Street with shops.

Move the centre of the village from the railway crossing

More facilities for all the community, another Pub, more shops

Shop and Bakery inadequately sited                 

More Shops in area that will not hamper traffic           

Re-locate shop for more parking                              



Not all developments are bad

Low Budget adversely affects infrastructure expansion

Development is way to secure infrastructure                   

Amenities to support proposed/future developments   

Infrastructure to support more development      

Improve infrastructure, Doctors, shops, schooling  

No further development in Bramley                                

Ensure that development creep up Cufaude Lane does not affect Bramley Village  

Have say on Character, Style of housing

Affordable housing for young families

Housing Development is the biggest challenge

The Railway crossing means no further development



Keep Bramley Rural                       

Preserve Character of the village



Schooling is problem

Require better pre-schooling facilities

Require purpose built school to meet the needs of the village

Need for purpose built nursery school



Better facilities for youngsters        

Balance future growth with available facilities

Free up village hall for activities for wider population



Parking near the station                 

Road/Pedestrian safety

Traffic Congestion too great          

Railway barrier down too long causing traffic congestion   

Discourage traffic through the village, too many HGV

More School Parking, school run congestion in village

More yellow lines to discourage commuter parking

More parking for shop and doctors surgery

By-pass using Minchins Lane, New Road

Pay as you park facilities

Pedestrian Bridge over railway    



Frequency of public transport, buses

More police cover

Footpath between Bramley and Sherfield

Street Lighting on the main road         

Drainage problems                             

Broadband Problems


There are a large number of issues which hopefully can, in the main, be addressed through the Neighbourhood Plan. This is only the beginning of getting the opinions of the Community. The setting up of the Project Plan - which is the next step - will help to establish the extent of the work that will be involved in producing the neighbourhood plan. More information has to be gathered, evidence produced and consultations with the community before the plan can be finalised, with the expectations that it would be finalised late 2014.


There is expected to be a meeting of the Steering Group mid-April with Consultant from Planning Aid who will start to guide the team through the procedures. Although we have a core of volunteer people at present, more help will be required from the community as the plan progresses with Workshops in the village Hall

Thanks to all who helped in this first stage


Cllr Malcolm Bell



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