From the outset we thought that for the Neighbourhood Plan to reach its full potential as part of the planning framework, and have real local support, it had to be developed by the community that lives in, works in and uses the neighbourhood, i.e. the people of Blackwater & Hawley. We recognised the difference between community participation – involving people in writing the Plan, and simple consultation – just asking people for their views.
So we arranged for the Plan preparation to be led by a Stakeholder Group made up of local people and organisations. Then we devised a plan to get the views of as many people as possible. A questionnaire has been available both online and distributed on paper asking for people’s views on what the plan should include, and we continue to look for opportunities to meet local people and organisations to discuss the issues and collect views.
Blackwater & Hawley Today
A summary of the Blackwater & Hawley obtained from the 2011 Census data can be found by clicking here