Gurnard neighbourhood plan approved

The Gurnard neighbourhood plan will guide and influence development proposals, alongside the existing planning policies of the Island Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

Gurnard neighbourhood plan

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The Gurnard Neighbourhood Plan has been ‘made’, following overwhelming support for the proposal at a local referendum on 7 September – with 88.43 (390 people) per cent voting in favour of the plan.

Local residents were asked to support the plan, which will now be the first point of reference for planning officers determining applications within the parish of Gurnard.

The plan identified a number of sites in the parish where it is considered development would have the least impact on the ‘landscape character areas’ of the parish and the settlement of Gurnard village and Gurnard Pines.

Shaping the future of local areas
Councillor Barry Abraham, Cabinet member for planning and housing, said:

“Neighbourhood plans are produced by the local community and I am pleased that planning officers have been able to provide assistance when it was required. This process gives local people the opportunity to shape the future of their local area and community for the future. It gives a clear message to those looking to develop within the parish of what the community would like to see in the future.

“I’d like to congratulate the residents of Gurnard and Gurnard Parish Council for their hard work in developing this plan, and I look forward to seeing Gurnard grow in line with this plan, in the years to come.”

Fourth neighbourhood plan
This is the fourth neighbourhood plan of its kind to be adopted on the Island (alongside Brighstone, Brading and Bembridge), since new regulations were introduced under the Localism Act 2011.

It creates new planning policy for the Gurnard area, which will guide and influence development proposals, alongside the existing planning policies of the Island Plan and the National Planning Policy Framework.

Thursday, 14th September, 2017 12:25pm

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4 Comments

  1. electrickery


    14.Sep.2017 4:39pm

    How long before local or national planning feels the need to ignore _this_ local plan completely? A little light fracking, anybody?

  2. “and I look forward to seeing Gurnard grow in line with this plan, in the years to come”.
    Why do we always have to be growing, and developing? Just leave things as they are or we will run out of space completely in time.

    • Steve Goodman


      15.Sep.2017 10:48am

      Not just space; all the finite resources needed for sustaining ourselves and what remains of our damaged and declining nature and life support systems.

      There are already too many people, consuming and trashing too much, and governed mainly by maniacs promoting the suicidal myth of unlimited greedy growth with finite resources and failing to halt and, if still possible, reverse the undeniable catastrophic damage to our climate, air, water, soil, our own species, and what remains of the rich diversity of other species on our ailing planet.

      We know what we are doing wrong, we know that better options are available, and we know that the sooner we abandon the continuing ‘business as usual’ BS in favour of adjusting to what what we will have to do eventually, the less it will cost, and the happier and healthier we are likely to be.

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