What is the Neighbourhood Plan?
The Wells-next-the-Sea Neighbourhood Plan is a planning policy document written by the community to guide future development in the area over the next 20 years.
If successful at referendum, the Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. It will be used to determine planning applications.
Who is involved?
A working party of the Town Council, involving Town Councillors and local residents. The group are involved in listening to the community to form the content of the Plan.
Members include: Roger Arguile (chair), Cheryl Curtis, Lyndsay Dew, John Edwards, David Fennell, Jacqueline Gray, Nichola Holmes, Peter Rainsford and James Tottle. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact the Town Council. Click here for our the working party Terms of Reference.
The working party are currently undertaking 2 pieces of consultation:
- Placecheck: help us get started by putting a pin and a comment on the map. Click here for the map.
- Stakeholder meetings: we are talking to a range of organisations, groups and businesses over the next couple of months. If you would like us to talk to you please email: [email protected]
- A business survey. Coming soon.
As we go through the process we hope to hold a drop-in event on policy ideas and an exhibition for the draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Draft Neighbourhood Plan vision for 2042
Wells-next-the-Sea will continue to be a small, thriving and attractive coastal town, with a working port and a vibrant and balanced community. It will have a range of housing types and tenures to suit all ages and incomes, supported by appropriate infrastructure and employment opportunities. Development will be sympathetic to local character, well designed, suitably located and sensitive to the environment. Local heritage and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty will be protected. Wells will be a desirable place to live, work and visit for current and future generations.
Neighbourhood Plan area
The area covered by the Neighbourhood Plan is the whole of the parish of Wells-next-the-Sea.
The Neighbourhood Plan process and timeline
Below is the process of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.