The Cove and Stanton Drew Parish Church

 The Stanton Drew Parish Neighbourhood Plan, shaping our future community.

On this website you can view information on why we are working on a Neighbourhood Plan. Where we are in the process and…….HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED!

Following the Referendum held on Thursday 06-May-2021 BANES have announced that the Neighourhood Plan has been accepted by a majority of voters in the Parish.  Goto Latest news for details

We now have a Final Plan.

Click here to view the Plan        The ability to make comment has now expired
Thank you for your patience and continued very important support for the Stanton Drew Neighbourhood Plan.

As of November 2018, the Plan and supporting documents have been supplied to BANES to enable them to  initiate the next phase comprising consultation, independent examination and ultimately the referendum.

As of August 2020 The independant Examiners Report is now available Click here to view

Click here to Visit the BANES Web site where you can see the latest status and all documentation.

You can see comments made on the Options Document feedback forms here. This file will be updated with latest info as it becomes available.

Creation of a Neighbourhood plan must follow the Government defined Process.

In addition, all members of the “Stanton Drew  Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group” and any supporting Groups must conform to a written Constitution.

Consultation with our community is a big part of the Neighbourhood Plan so as the Plan develops meetings will be arranged, so that all residents have an opportunity to comment through the process.

We have listened!

Thank you to everyone who took part in last year’s consultations and recent questionnaire. We had a 30% return on the questionnaire which is a high rating, so thank you!

The team has now completed working on the Options document and it was presented to you for your comments during July – August of 2017.

If you or members of your family who didn’t complete the questionnaire but still want to have your say, please come to see us at the Community Café in the Church on the second Saturday of each month.

What do you love about the Parish ?

What do you want to protect in the Parish ?

What would you like to see improved in the Parish ?

If you wish to make suggestions or comments on any of the above please do so at the Community Cafe` or via the Red contact button to the right of this screen.

Please Note that we have been advised by BANES representative that the Examination of the Plan and the Referendum is likely to move into 2019 due to workload. Subsequently  as stated above the plan examination is complete. However BANES have indicated that the referendum is unlikely to be held until 2021. BANES have now announced that a referendum will be held on Thursday 6th May 2021.

Please revisit this website regularly to see what progress has been made, details of public meetings or how you can speak to members of the Team.

Visit our Events diary to find out where and when Committee Members will be present.

What is the Background?

Stanton Drew Parish Council have decided to develop a Neighbourhood Plan which will provide a legal basis for residents to determine the future for our local environment and community during the next 15 years:  where we want to develop and where we don’t, our facilities, infrastructure, services and how we encourage and support our farmers and local businesses to create a stronger more resilient community for our long-term future.

All Neighbourhood Plans must be aligned to the National Planning Policy Framework and the Bath & North East Somerset Core Strategy which sets out planning policies for developing and managing the area until 2029.

Click this link For an overview of the Planning Categorization of Stanton Drew.

Why have a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans have been introduced by the Government as part of the Localism agenda which is seeking to encourage local people to determine more of their future environment and to set out their Plan for the next 15 years.  We will be able to determine the future of our area.

For more information on What is a Neighbourhood Plan please visit our What is a Neighbourhood Plan page.

How you can get involved

We have a small team of dedicated volunteers working on this project.  Please visit The Team page to see who is working on the project.

Four working groups have been set up to consider the key areas integral to this plan and these are:

~              Environment & Landscape

~              Facilities & Services

~              Planning & Development

~              Transport & Movement

Visit our Working Groups page to find out more.

Any member of the community is very welcome to provide input to any of these working groups and help develop ideas about the community’s future. If you have any time or skills that you feel you would like to offer please do let the Parish Council know, we would love to hear from you!!  Please use the ‘Contact Us’ tab on the right hand side of the screen.

If you wish to post comments that can be seen by other members of our Community, please use the “Leave a reply” box below. In order to prevent inappropriate Postings and Spam you will need to register as a user. Please note that all postings are subject to moderation. When you register you will be sent an E-mail (from WordPress) with a link to a password setup screen. You will need to click this link (or load it into your browser).This will display the password setup screen and you will be able to select your password for future use when you log in. If you do not receive an e-mail then check your “Junk/Spam” folder for an e-mail from WordPress as some e-mail clients may not recognize e-mails from WordPress as valid (this will depend on your e-mail clients individual settings).

24 Responses

  1. Simon Waller 6 April, 2018 / 4:25 pm

    I completely disagree with the claims in the Stanton Drew Neighbourhood Plan that residents want (1) extra housing to be built in the village (2) removal of current protection of land to make this possible and (3) a large list of 32 (currently protected) sites to put forward as possible locations for development. If anybody else disagrees with these policies (covered by Policy Numbers P&D1 and P&D2 in the plan) then they need to say so here before April 16th (http://www.stantondrewpnp.co.uk/comment-on-pre-submission-draft-plan/)

    • SDNHP 17 April, 2018 / 6:57 am

      As stated above, any Parishioner was at liberty to make comment on the Plan via the Official process.

  2. Tom 8 June, 2016 / 9:57 pm

    Have the NP group considered the option of folding the SD plan into the Chew Valley plan which is now out for review and essentially finished? This would seem to offer the tantalising possibility of hugely reducing the work the group has to do and wrapping the whole thing up by the Autumn.

    • SDNHP 13 June, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      The Stanton Drew Neighbourhood Plan and the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan have been registered and approved by BANES as two separate entities. As such each is required to submit separate Plans to BANES. We do keep informed of developments within the Chew Valley Plan proposals and a member of the Chew Valley Steering Group is also a member of the Stanton Drew Steering Group. We aim to align our Plans where appropriate.

  3. Con Bradley 4 January, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Just a suggestion, could you add hit counter to the website. This will help clarify level of interest in the NP. I believe WordPress has one.

    • SDNHP 4 January, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      The addition of a Hit counter would be meaningless as the count would include the hundreds of Junk/Spam registrations received each Month.

      • Con Bradley 10 January, 2016 / 6:36 pm

        Can’t say I understand that objection. Can’t you filter these out or put the counter on a subpage?

        • SDNHP 12 January, 2016 / 1:44 pm

          A Hit counter that displayed any useful information would require far to much maintenance. The Steering Group have unanimously agreed that one will not be implemented..

          • Con Bradley 13 January, 2016 / 4:58 pm

            Disappointed that the Steering Group do not want to know how much traffic their own website is receiving but so be it.

  4. Con Bradley 27 December, 2015 / 7:03 pm

    The Steering Committee’s meeting in January should be in the Latest News section, it’s already in the Parish News.

    • SDNHP 4 January, 2016 / 8:43 pm

      Steering Group meeting dates are always published on the “Next NP Meeting” post located in the “Recent Posts” section on the RH side of the Web Pages.
      However we have added an additional link under “Latest News” as suggested.

  5. andy edwards 19 December, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    Well done on the web page,even I managed to register successfully.
    Keep up the brilliant voluntary work

  6. Shirley edwards 18 December, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Well done team you are doing a superb job. All of your time spent voluntarily is very much appreciated

  7. Con Bradley 10 December, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    It would be really useful if the people in the various sub-groups could provide email addresses or other contact information in the lists of the members. Also it is essential that the various leads of the sub-groups could be indicated in the lists too. If people are wary about giving out their email addresses and that is understandable, then create an NP domain and use that instead. A bio and picture would be useful as not many people know everyone in the sub-groups.

    Finally, the same applies to the steering committee as as far as I can tell they are not listed on the website.

    • SDNHP 19 December, 2015 / 8:14 pm

      All Steering Group members are listed under “The Team” and all working group members are listed under “Working Groups”.
      Good point about photographs, we will add these.
      There is no requirement for direct E-mail addresses. Any group member can be contacted via the “Contact Us” button on the Web site.

      • Con Bradley 26 December, 2015 / 1:06 pm

        Thanks for the Steering Group list and pictures, nice to see comments being acted on!

        When I made this comment the Steering Group was not identified so thanks for that.
        Any chance you could fix the random spellings of questionnaire and questionnaires please especially questionnaire’s.

        Regarding email addresses, you could create email addresses based on the NP domain? It may not be a requirement but would make the process more open and transparent.

        • SDNHP 12 January, 2016 / 1:55 pm

          Thanks for your comments. With regard to e-mail addresses, the Steering group unanimously agree that there are already sufficient means of contacting members. Please note that all members are volunteers giving their time freely, keeping on top of events is already a very time consuming activity without having to “Watch” another source of inquiry. No further “e-mail” procedures will be implemented.

  8. Con Bradley 10 December, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    The meeting summaries page seems to indicate that you’ve had 3 meetings in the group in 1.5 years or more of work. Even the minutes given are “pretty thin gruel” to use Mr Rees-Mogg’s phrase.

    • SDNHP 19 December, 2015 / 8:05 pm

      In consultation with BANES Officers it was agreed that we would publish meeting notes from June 2015 on wards. As you have noted this has not been the case. Now you have brought this to our attention we will en-devour to keep up. Note that not all groups have meeting every Month.

  9. conbradley 10 December, 2015 / 4:19 pm

    Two remarks.

    The process to login this website needs to be much clearer and actually work.

    Does the NP group communicate or liaise with any other NP group? For example Pensford and Publow who are doing a very similar exercise. I think the group could hugely benefit from talking to other NP groups locally. The Publow/Pensford group have meetings with Whitchurch’s NP group for example.These are our neighbours after all.

    There is an overarching plan called the Joint Spatial Plan for the West of England (a sort of Avon-lite if you like). There is also a B&NES plan, can`t find the exact name, sorry. Here’s a link to the spatial plan: http://www.westofenglandlep.co.uk/jsp

    The point about the JSP is that the current NP plan doesn’t really fit within the overall plan and this needs to addressed. A good example is regarding Carbon Emissions where the JSP explicitly mentions this as a goal however the NP plan assumes that car usage remains the same. Same remark applies to the B&NES plan. I know about the JSP as, for some reason, I got invited to be a reviewer.

    Sorry that was 3 remarks.

    • SDNHP 19 December, 2015 / 7:54 pm

      The Registration/Log in process has been tested and cannot be made to fail. However we will be producing a small leaflet guiding users through the process.

      We do consult with other NHP groups, in fact one of our Steering Group members is also a member of the Chew Valley NHP Steering Group. With regard to Publow/Pensford, we do intend to consult in due course.

      We are continually monitoring other activities ….., We do not yet have a plan , when we do the statuary requirements are that it must be in alignment with all Government Strategies.

  10. SimonW 18 October, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    I’d just like to repeat my comment from last Monday’s open Steering Group meeting: “Many thanks to all of the hardworking volunteers contributing to the Neighbourhood Planning process”.

  11. Lucy 7 February, 2014 / 5:22 pm

    Looking forward to this

  12. setup1 25 January, 2014 / 6:16 pm

    Good luck to the NP team

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