Your top two priorities? Leisure and commerce…
You’ve told us what we should be focusing on – and there’s a surprise
June 2020: In the run up to our consultation period, which began as we went into lock-down, we assumed that transport would be the town’s main focus for concern.
It isn’t. In fact, it came third in your list of priorities.
Analysis of responses to our online questionnaire show that you want Ware’s Neighbourhood Plan to focus on maintaining and developing the town’s leisure assets; and secondly, to address issues surrounding the town centre’s commercial future.
We’re moving to the next stage on this basis.
At a Zoom meeting on 4 June, we reviewed summaries of the key themes emerging from your responses to our questionnaire. These summaries are now available via “The Plan” section of our site, here.
We’ve now agreed to draft policy statements under our six main headings – though these may subsequently be boiled down to three or four. And we’ve noted that topics like cycling pop up under several of our main subject headings, which may have a bearing on how we structure our draft plan.
But we’ve taken another significant step forward. Our next meeting is now scheduled for 7 July.
And once again, a huge thank you to everyone who’s contributed so far!
A People's Charter
Ware has embarked on a hugely important process... Producing a Neighbourhood Plan is vitally important for the future health, well-being and prosperity of our town - and if we get this right, it will be one of the most important civic documents produced in Ware's 2000+ year history. It effectively lays down a planning template for the future development of the town.
What's involved? Check out this video...
There's more detail about Neighbourhood Plans and how they work via "The Plan" tab on the main menu.
We're seeking to canvass as wide a range of opinions as possible - from individuals as well as community groups. Please use this site to make your views count.
So... what's covered?
Ware's Neighbourhood Plan will take effect within the blue boundary on the map here. Land earmarked for development to the north and east of the town lies outside the Ware Town Council boundary and is covered by a Masterplanning process led by East Herts District Council. But with a Neighbourhood Plan in place, the people of Ware can influence adjacent planning decisions that might have significant implications for the town - for instance, where issues like air pollution, road safety or traffic congestion may be in play.
This is important not just for you... but for your friends, your family and all future residents of our town.
Photo: Robert Turnbull
" A Neighbourhood Plan is written by the local community. That means the people who know and love the area can decide on the type of development they want in the places they want it..."
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