Further meeting discusses Birdham’s neighbourhood plan

Bridham neighbourhood plan consultation 'Jane Finch in foreground, chairman of Birdham Parish Council'PICTURE BY JAMES GRANT
Bridham neighbourhood plan consultation 'Jane Finch in foreground, chairman of Birdham Parish Council'PICTURE BY JAMES GRANT

RESIDENTS of Birdham gathered together on November 23 as the village continued creating a plan to shape its future.

More than 170 villagers visited a neighbourhood plan exhibition during the morning.

Visitors were invited to put forward more comments on the plan and say how they thought the village should develop.

Carolyn Cobbold was one of those involved with gathering feedback and said there had been a ‘fantastic response’ from villagers.

“I think people were impressed by the amount of work that’s going in,” she said. “I think people are actually realising now the value of it and that it’s bringing the community together and people are looking much more beyond our own backyard into what’s good for the community and what the community needs for the future.”

The parish has also distributed questionnaires for residents and businesses.

Carolyn said results of the questionnaires and open days indicated the main concerns for villagers were protection and enhancement of the environment, flood risk management, local facilities and supporting the community and the local economy.

There was also concern about inadequate infrastructure.

She added: “Birdham plans to fulfil its sustainable allocation of 50 new homes between 2014-2029 as required in Chichester’s emerging local plan.”