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EGERTON HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY
SURVEY FORMS WERE DELIVERED TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD
A big thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire. We have not yet received the final report on the survey but the response rate was approximately 40% which is well above the average for surveys of this kind and should give us a good picture of current and future housing need. The final report will be published here and elsewhere once it is completed.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN UPDATE and NEXT STEPS
In addition to grant funds already received from Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, thanks to our local councillors, a substantial grant has also been secured from Locality, an umbrella organisation funded by Government to advise on neighbourhood planning processes and to provide grants to communities that are developing neighbourhood plans. These grants will cover the costs of web site development, consultancy support and the Housing Needs survey. More funding should be available from Locality as and when further support is required.
Planning consultants from the South Downs National Park have now been engaged. They will initially be looking at work carried out to date, advising on its fitness for purpose and giving direction based on their experience in neighbourhood planning. They will also be assisting the volunteer steering group members in project work that provides the evidence to support the development of policies, beginning with Green Space and Landscape Character Assessments.