Walton and Wellesbourne Way (WWW) has launched its Pre-Submission Report for consultation following over two years of intense engagement with the local community to develop its Neighbourhood Plan.
The launch of its eight weeks’ consultation period with villagers, businesses, landowners and statutory consultees was marked by an exhibition at the Wellesbourne Street Fayre on Saturday 11th June.
Villagers can now access the draft report and provide their feedback on line by visiting www.w-w-w.org.uk or see a hard copy to read at the Library or Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council, where feedback forms will also be available.
Special drop-in sessions have also been organised for villagers to view the report and have their say at The Coffee Stop Café in Wellesbourne as follows:
• Monday 20th June – 2pm to 3.30pm
• Tuesday 5th July – 10am to 11.30am
• Wednesday 20th July – 2pm to 3.30am
• Thursday 4th August – 10am to 11.30am
The steering group, headed by John Hargis as chairman, on behalf of Wellesbourne and Walton Parish Council, has left no stone uncovered in its endeavours to create a definitive plan which looks at every aspect of how the Parish should evolve over the next 15 years.
Since 2011, Wellesbourne has been forced to take over 800 new homes, but when the WWW Neighbourhood Plan gets adopted it will carry significant weight in influencing the design and mix of housing types along with preferences on where this should be located.
During the whole process, more than 40,000 comments from villagers have been assessed and taken into account in developing the report, which is now being put under the local microscope as part of the current consultation process, before being submitted to Stratford District Council for review in the next stage towards getting the Neighbourhood Plan approved.
As John Hargis, WWW Chairman explained: “The whole process has been much bigger than any of us anticipated at the outset, but it has proved to be a long but interesting journey which has highlighted and reinforced the villagers’ passion for protecting the future of Wellesbourne and Walton.
“Whilst it’s been hard work, we are confident that our team’s time has been invested wisely. As we enter the final stages of its development, we hope that we have created a blueprint that will future proof Wellesbourne and Walton for the next generation," he added.
Jeremy Wright QC MP commented: “I am particularly impressed with the work undertaken by Walton and Wellesbourne, together with the surrounding villages, to produce such a comprehensive and detailed Pre-Submission Report.
“I congratulate the team of volunteers for their dedication and diligence and I wish them every success with the consultation stage."
Left to right: WWPC Chairman Anne Prior; Cllr Anne Parry, with Neighbourhood Plan team members Peter Quinn, John Hargis (Chairman), Adrian Wickens and Julie Clatworthy