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EGERTON HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY
SURVEY FORMS ARE BEING DELIVERED TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD
Look out for Yours!
We need everyone to complete a form by 12th November 2018 for an accurate picture of what
housing is needed in Egerton.
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.
Housing Needs Survey
A questionnaire with accompnying letter and guidance notes, will be delivered to every household in Egerton on 22nd October and should be returned by 12th November. Your responses to this survey are very important to ensure that we have an accurate assessment of the current and future needs of all Egerton residents, including family members who would like to return to Egerton if appropriate housing were available. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group worked with the Rural Housing Enabler, Tessa O’Sullivan from Action for Communities in Rural Kent (ACRK) to produce the questionnaire.
The results will be analysed by ACRK and the outcome should be available before Christmas. No personal data will be revealed by ACRK. The outcome will give the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group the evidence to help determine the suitability of, and need for, available sites for development.
The new website www.egertonnp.co.uk is now live and will be updated on a regular basis.