Twyford's Neighbourhood Plan
Twyford Parish Council and volunteers from the village are creating a Neighbourhood Plan to put in place planning policy to guide future development. A Neighbourhood Plan is a legal document and, once approved, Wokingham Borough Council must take it into consideration when planning future development in Twyford.
What next for Twyford?
Twyford Parish Council is sponsoring a Neighbourhood Plan which will outline a resident’s led vision of what Twyford should look like in the future. This will be a wide-ranging survey and plan for many aspects of village life including housing, transport, health and wellbeing, environment, social life and employment.
This is especially important right now as the new Wokingham Local Plan is being developed. This will set the scene for development in the Borough all the way to 2036 and it’s vital that we have a proper say in this. An effective way of ensuring that we do this is through a Neighbourhood Plan which will allow us to describe what we want and what we feel the future of the village looks like. If accepted by the village it will form part of local statutory planning regulations and give us greater control of development in the village.
But to do this we need the commitment of residents and other members of the local community to come together to produce the plan. As it will be a statutory instrument to guide and direct planning authorities it needs to be put together with care and will be put to the test of voters in Twyford Parish through a referendum hopefully next year.
Last year, we asked for people to help manage, plan, collect evidence, publicise events and produce the Neighbourhood Plan. Many thanks to all those who have volunteered so far. The Neighbourhood Plan Working Group which includes our volunteers meet at Stanlake Meadow on the first Monday of every other month, and the Neighbourhood Plan Sub-Committee made up of Parish Councillors meet the first Tuesday of every month. The agenda and minutes of these meetings can be found here. We greatly rely on the input, skills and help of our volunteers and we welcome new members so if you’re interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
So far, our Working Group have put together a survey, been out and about in the community at events such as the Donkey Derby, publicised the plan on social mediaand placed banners throughout the village. We’re currently compiling the results of the survey, planning further questionnaires and working on other ways to engage the community.
In February we distributed our first Twyford Neighbourhood Plan survey to all residents and businesses in Twyford and made it available online. Many thanks to those who responded and congratulations to our prize winners. We delivered 3068 questionnaires and had a response rate of about 24% from the village, which is a very good result for this type of survey. Once we have collated all your replies and comments, the results will be announced.
You may have seen our bright yellow TPC gazebo at the Donkey Derby, Colleton School Fete and the Annual Village Fete where we listened to your concerns about the village, encouraged people to leave comments on what needs improvement and gave updates on how the plan is progressing. We will continue to engage with the village at other events, including the Christmas Fayre – do pay us a visit, we’d loveto see you.
In addition, watch out for the Neighbourhood Plan Anniversary Public meeting, which will be held very soon. In this anniversary meeting, we’ll be reviewing our activitiesover the past year, our plans for the future and the results of the survey. Details will be publicised shortly and we hope to see as many of you as possible. It will also be another chance for you to have your say as well as getting updates on the plan.
Neighbourhood Plan at the Christmas Fayre
For the first time last year the Neighbourhood Plan was represented by volunteers and parish councillors at the Twyford Christmas Fayre on 6 December. The fayre was buzzing with people enjoying the numerous stalls, attractions, food and mulled wine but many still found the time to speak to us about the Neighbourhood Plan. Villagers were invited to add their comments on post-its to a map of Twyford and have a chat to us about their concerns and hopes for the future of the village. Although many were quite happy with the provision of schools for the area, many were unhappy with proposed future housing development, problems with parking and the need for more cycle routes. All comments and suggestions will be taken on board and assimilated into our Neighbourhood Plan. Many thanks to our volunteers who gave up their valuable time to help us on the stand. We will continue to spread the word this year so look out for our bright yellow stall at the Donkey Derby, Summer Fete and many other events.
Neighbourhood Plan Meeting Minutes
Neighbourhood Plan Sub Committee Meetings take place every month. Find out more about these meetings, meeting dates, agendas and minutes.