Bagshot Neighbourhood Plan

SHBW-Bagshot-Windlesham-1373_620x240pxWindlesham Parish Council (covering the 3 villages of Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham) has already started the process of establishing a Neighbourhood Plan for the village of Windlesham.

The Councillors would now like to establish whether the residents of Bagshot would like to extend the plan to cover the village of Bagshot.

So, what is a Neighbourhood Plan and how could it benefit Bagshot village?

Neighbourhood Planning would give the people of Bagshot the power to put in place a vision and policies for their village. It would be a community led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of Bagshot village. It might contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the village or providing new facilities or an allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It might deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it might focus on just one or two key issues. But, most importantly it would be community led by the village for the village.

Who would manage the process?

Residents would need to sign up to form a Steering Group. The Steering Group would manage the process and would be supported by task groups who would lead on key issues as the plan gathered pace.

How would the Parish Council be involved?

The Steering Group would include local councillors and it would report to the Parish Council – which in turn would help support the group and help facilitate access to funding and professional advice.

What is the next step?

The Council will be meeting on the 30th September to decide whether there is enough support in the village to extend the scheme to Bagshot. The issue will also be discussed at the Bagshot Society AGM on the 23rd September at Brook Church from 7pm to 9:30pm where a vote on the proposal will also be taken.

How do I get involved?

If there is enough support to give the proposal the go-ahead then we would love as many people as possible to be involved – young and old. If you think that a Neighbourhood Plan would benefit your village and you want to help in whatever way you like – join the Steering Group, help out on a task group, deliver leaflets, or lend your expertise on a particular issue – then please get in touch. If there is enough support within the village to go ahead then the Neighbourhood Plan will not be a small project but it will be led by the community for the community, and the more people that are involved the better the plan will be.

So if you want to help design the future of Bagshot village then please email: Cllr Valerie White –valerie.white28@virgin.net

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