Newton-on-Trent: Consultations are now taking place for residents to share their ideas for the future

Villagers attending a  'Village Plan', Consultation at Newton on Trent, Lincolnshire.'Charles & Michelle Nicholls, Newton villagers, looking at the Village Plan proposals
Villagers attending a 'Village Plan', Consultation at Newton on Trent, Lincolnshire.'Charles & Michelle Nicholls, Newton villagers, looking at the Village Plan proposals

Residents of Newton-on-Trent were invited to a consultation to share their ideas, goals and priorities for the future.

The aim of the consultation was to identify was to identify what the residents consider to be their priorities over the next 10 years and more.

The results of the consultation will be used to create a development proposal on 16.87 hectares of land being made available to the north of the village.

The vision is to create a proposal that results in a vibrant and well serviced village that meets the needs of the residents and people wishing to live there in the future.

The results will also be used to inform a masterplan proposal and by the parish council for their emerging village plan.

Kate Hiseman, Managing Director of Sherwood Sustainability and Environmental Associates is responsible for ensuring that local sustainability issues are at the heart of the Masterplan,

She said: “The process being used for the Masterplan is different from what people would generally be used to, as the needs and priorities of people using the village will shape what will be put forward as a planning proposal.”

“This approach is truly ‘bottom up’ with local people having a real stake into how their village could develop.”

There are no pre-set ideas around the number or type of community facilities, homes or businesses that may become part of the proposal, other than the existing site for a new village hall, which already has received planning permission.

Newton-on-Trent has seen a loss of community facilities over the years, with the pub and Methodist church being the most recent to close.

People are already engaged in discussions about what the village needs through a Facebook page and a dedicated website.

The consultation asked people about what community facilities, sports and leisure facilities, children’s play, nature and open space areas, housing types, health and social care services, transport facilities, shops and businesses are needed in order to support the village now and in the future.

This was the first of several consultations and all of the feedback and results will be available on the website along with research reports and other documents that will be created as part of the evidence base for the Masterplan application.

Further consultations regarding the Masterplan will be held with key stakeholders such as the church, school, and other groups within the village.

The results will be used to create a series of option proposals for the community of Newton-on-Trent to review and the most preferred option will be taken forward as a planning proposal in spring 2015.

Visit www.newtonontrent2014.co.uk to see the consultation results.