Newport, Quendon & Rickling
Neighbourhood Plan
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  12. Title 15

Regulation 14​​
Pre-submission Consultation

Next stage

Regulation 15
Submission of the Plan to UDC
Housing, Planning & Design

Newport, Quendon and Rickling are villages valued for their wealth of architecture, including many houses in the conservation areas that date back hundreds of years.

There has been significant expansion this century, of varying quality, convenience and visual amenity, so that our villages are now much larger and more architecturally diverse.  We also know that many more houses will be built in and around our villages during the next 25 years.

Well-publicised Government policy means that just saying ‘No’ to development is not an option for our Parish and District Councils; however with a Neighbourhood Plan we can have influence. A Neighbourhood Plan will give us a chance to suggest where development actually happens in our villages. It also means that we can have a meaningful say about what sort of houses are built, what they look like and the facilities and services that are provided for them.

We want to hear what our fellow residents have to say about housing, planning and design in Newport, Quendon and Rickling.  We can then start to build this into our own Neighbourhood Plan so that we can guide building here.

Our Environment & Green Spaces

There are a number of environmental aspects to be considered for our Neighbourhood Plan.

  • Pollution creates significant health problems, particularly to the young and old.
  • Most resident are not happy with the pollution, but what do we do about it in our Neighbourhood Plan?
Open Spaces
  • UDC has waived its right to require developers to provide open spaces for sports and leisure across the district. However if we feel they are important, our Neighbourhood Plan can require something different. 
  • Do we want to require developers to provide open spaces? Would we trade communal open spaces for giving new homes larger gardens.
  • How dense to we want our new homes packed?
Sewage and Floods
  • New homes are creating more surface water run-off. As a result we’ve seen flooding in a number of places over the last few years.  
  • Where would we want a new treatment plant if one was required?

Roads and Getting Around

Under the Neighbourhood Plan, a range of radical policies will need to be developed to manage the long term needs of businesses, residents and visitors with respect to Highways and Transport. These should replace those proposals as envisaged by the District Council with something that is more fit to the needs of Newport, Quendon and Rickling and our future.

Business, Local Economy & Tourism

In Newport we have a (relatively) quick railway line into London.

We neighbour Saffron Walden, an ancient market town whose history is based upon acting as a hub for the local area and providing a location for people to work and trade. Whilst the town still has an active market and many small and a few medium-sized businesses, things have moved on in the wider economy.

We are on the edge of the Cambridge hi-tech triangle, and Stansted Airport is a close-by European travel hub.

Our Neighbourhood Plan will allow us to guide our villages' economic and business environment.  But we’ll have to answer a few questions first, such as:

  • What does it mean to be a 21st Century Village?
  • How do our villages and their businesses cash-in on our proximity to the Cambridge and London job markets?
  • How to we encourage people to visit our villages?
  • How do we support our local business traders?
  • Which parts of our villages are the right areas for commercial businesses, and what types could we hope to attract?
  • What infrastructure is required to bring new businesses to our villages?
  • What do we need from Saffron Walden?

Community, Sports & Leisure

Families need space that is free to let off steam and enjoy. Getting people, of all ages, who are currently inactive to become more mobile helps cut the health budget and gives participants a better quality of life.
The Neighbourhood Plan is a way to get our voices heard, telling developers and the planning authority what we need and requesting funding be made available by the developers when they apply for permission to build new homes.

Education & Health

Core Education Needs
  • Our schools are full. Whilst a Neighbourhood Plan can’t build new schools it can quantify and identify the need – and it can allocate new land for schools.
Core Health Needs
  • Local doctor’s surgeries are under pressure, and there are suggestions that they should combine to save money. Would you support a dedicated Health Centre, with dedicated local Clinics?
  • There are no permanent Mental Health facilities. Should better access to services be a priority when the District Council negotiates community benefits from Planning Approvals?
Secondary Needs
  • We have an ageing population. As people get older they become less mobile. Where in our villages should we allocate land for housing for seniors where they have easier access to services?
  • Many of our children are driven to school. This is bad for the environment and their health, and it clogs up our roads. Should we be focusing on safer walking or cycling routes to and from schools?
  • Reducing air pollution and providing more green spaces for exercise are priorities for Health. What other health and education things should we be considering in our Neighbourhood Plan?

Arts & Heritage

‘Arts and Heritage’ covers a wide-range of activities and aspects of our historic environment.
  • Are we lacking entertainment venues such as pubs and clubs.
  • Our villages are well-known for their high concentration of fine heritage buildings. How should we protect our heritage for generations to come
  • Should more use be made of our Recreation grounds over and above occasional fairs and bonfire nights? And what about large open-air events generally? Should we encourage these?
  • We want to hear from you. What do you like? What do you want more of? Less of?