Would you like to have a hand in shaping the way Stonesfield develops over the coming years? Do you have opinions on the sort of housing the village needs (or doesn’t need): where it should be, who for, and what it should look like? What about our green spaces and views: what are your favourites, and do you want to help protect them from inappropriate development? Are there adequate sports facilities? enough buses? And what about our pub!

You can make your voice heard with our Neighbourhood Plan. A steering group made up of members of the Parish Council and SUSTO are holding a public meeting on 28 March in the village hall, to describe the point and scope of our plan, and to answer your questions. We’ll be explaining how you can get involved and how we’ll put the plan together based on the evidence we gather from you.

This is a community project; it’s your chance to say how you would like Stonesfield to grow and what you would like it to look and feel like in 15 years time. The plan is a powerful tool in shaping the way our village grows: if it is passed, it forms part of the statutory development plan for the area, alongside the WODC local plan. So we want you to take this opportunity to have your say.

It’s important that everyone has the opportunity to get involved. We want everyone to be consulted and given the chance to speak up. That’s why we’re starting with this meeting. We’ll follow that with an in-depth survey in the summer, asking you what you’d like to see in the way of our natural environment (green spaces, biodiversity, agriculture etc), housing, and sustainability (shops, pubs, transport, health, education, sport, employment, infrastructure etc). We will collate the evidence and draft the plan based on your views. Without your views, there is no plan.

To get things started we’d like as many people as possible to answer five questions (survey closed 21 March). Your answers will help us shape the questions in the full survey in the summer.

Please reply by 21 March

Caroline Friend


Closed – initial survey