What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is ‘’a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. They relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues that are of particular importance in a local area. A Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to examination and a public referendum (requiring more than a 50% ‘yes’vote) and will then form part of the Local Development Plan. This statutory status gives Neighbourhood Plans far more weight than some other local planning documents such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements’’.
Should Kington Langley Have One?
The Parish Council had previously concluded (and this has been discussed in past Annual Parish Meetings) that the preparation of such a Plan and the effort and resources required to prepare it were not justified, mainly because Kington Langley is classified as a ‘small village’ in Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy and, as such, is deemed suitable only for limited infill development as opposed to the more extensive development permitted in communities designated as ‘large villages’ in the Strategy such as, for example, Kington St Michael and Sutton Benger.
However, following recent planning proposals that are or have been under consideration (most notably the Chippenham Gateway proposals, the Range and Barrow Farm) which would have or could significantly impact the village, the Parish Council have revisited the question of preparing a Plan and want to promote discussion of this important subject with a view to deciding at the Annual Parish Meeting whether, as a community, we want to prepare one. It is important to add here that whilst the Parish Council is a ‘qualifying body’ under the relevant legislation to promote the preparation of a plan, its preparation, approval and adoption is a community initiative and not a Parish Council project.
At its March meeting, the Parish Council asked me to take a lead in testing support for a Plan and, if the appropriate support is there, initiating the recruitment of a team of enthusiastic villagers to take the project forward including, most importantly, how we would involve the community throughout. This will be discussed at the Annual Parish Meeting on 25th April in the Union Chapel when I will be able to give more detail about the benefits of having a Plan, the options for what form it could take and what sort of resources and effort could be needed.
In the meantime, and if you are unable to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, please feel free to let me know your initial views about whether you think producing a Neighbourhood plan is a good idea – not, at this stage, about what the plan should contain, that will come later if we go ahead. Please either send me an email or drop a note in our postbox at Stocks Cottage, Middle Common.
My name is Carly Lakeman, I am the gardener at Greathouse, the Leonard Cheshire Disability nursing home in Kington Langley, I am tending beautiful but huge grounds, and funds are limited! I am currently appealing to local businesses and communities for any volunteer’s to help on our grounds, with general gardening jobs, or any donations of plants, cuttings trees, seeds, bulbs, tools, equipment and funds! I was hoping to get a notice up in the village where local people will see it!
We would be so grateful for any help or advice on the above.
Many Thanks, Carly Lakeman, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Villager Answers Interesting facts about Village Folk
An occasional series of questions put to a local member of the village. Seven of the following fourteen questions have been answered to reveal interesting facts about them.
- What prized possession do you value? It maybe of little monetary value. (Do not give sensitive information of use to criminals.)
- Any regret, however minor.
- What is your favourite Book or Poem?
- What is your favourite piece of music or work of art?
- Do you have a pet hate?
- What is your favourite film?
- Who would you like to buy a pie and pint for?
- What unlikely interest do you have?
- What piece of wisdom would you pass onto a child?
- What song means most to you?
- What was the happiest time of your life?
- What was the saddest time of your life?
- A temptation you wish you could resist.
- Give a plug to your favorite charity.
My husband, David, and I moved to Wiltshire in 2002, and live on the B4122 (you know, near the recycling centre!) – which is in the ecclesiastical parish of Kington Langley (but for parish council purposes, Sutton Benger). Currently I am a volunteer adviser with CAB, and a licensed lay minister (LLM) for the Draycot Benefice.1) My prized possession – or rather what I value highly, is our son Aidan. Some of you may know that he appeared 14 years into our marriage, when we had given up hoping for a child. So, very much cherished.3) My favourite book – probably ‘The Hobbit’ (read by Martin Shaw on a much listened to CD!) but I also love ‘Emma’ by Jane Austen for the humour and insight; Alexander McCall Smith’s novels for their humour and kindness; Patrick Gale, Ian Rankin – and enormous amounts of historical fiction. I do LOVE reading.4) My favourite piece of music, or perhaps the piece with greatest meaning to me, is Elgar’s Nimrod, from his Enigma variations. It is beautiful, moving, and was played at my mother’s funeral 34 years ago. Hankies always required…6) My favourite film is a hard one – I love ‘Shirley Valentine’, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ but also the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy and Disney’s ‘Aladdin’! So many to choose from! But, also very much looking forward to seeing Maggie Smith in ‘The Lady in the Van’.9) A piece of wisdom to pass on to a child – be the best YOU you can be. Trying to be somebody you are not, or copycatting others, will leave you feeling unhappy and dissatisfied. We are each unique, with gifts and qualities that only we can bring to the world around us – so enjoy who you are, you’re amazing!13) A temptation I wish I could resist – it could only be dark chocolate or milk chocolate (not bothered by white chocolate at all! J)14) My favourite charity – again, what a choice – Red Cross, Tearfund, Oxfam, Help for Heroes, MacMillan, Alzheimers, Crisis… but I have chosen NASS (National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society). This is the only UK registered charity dedicated to providing people with AS with support, advice and information, and commissioning research. AS is a chronic type of arthritis that usually affects the spine; with this condition vertebrae may fuse together following a period of inflammation, resulting in a rigid spine, leading to a stooped over posture. I have had this painful condition since my early 20’s and have found NASS to be an amazing organisation. For our 25th wedding anniversary last year, instead of presents we were delighted that family and friends donated over £300 to this fantastic charity.
KL Games Club
Are you interested in an occasional games session? Unplugged games; board games akin to those you used to play when you were young – but better! Board games these days are a world apart from those you might remember: innovative, diverse and challenging, but still fun and, above all, sociable. If you haven’t tried Pandemic, 7 Wonders, Fire in the Lake or Civilisation then you have a treat ahead. Google them now. If a once-monthly mental workout – probably in the Village Hall on a Sunday late afternoon for 2-3 hours – interests you then call Graham on 07734 464583 or send an e-mail to email@example.com .
Remember: you don’t stop playing games because you get old; you get old because you stop playing games!
We all know how lucky we are to live in our village. A church, a school, a pub, and some wonderful buildings all around us. But there’s mysteries too – why are there buildings from the 15th century, and yet the church is as late as the 19th century? Why is the chapel older than the church? Many villagers will know of at least two histories of Kington Langley that have been written – the book many of us bought in 1995 written by Sheila Colhoun, and an earlier 19th century h