Welcome to the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan website, where you can follow the progress, give feedback to influence the plan and get involved.
Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan is being written by a group of volunteers to guide planning decisions over the next 17 years, to 2032, based on the views, vision and wishes of the people living here. It will be completed for a town-wide referendum in October 2016.
Anyone can contribute at any time, via this site or by joining groups, offering support, or simply attending any of our meetings.
An experienced Neighbourhood Plan consultant works on writing up the plan ready for submission. He has been commissioned to ensure that the language used is appropriate and the plan recommendations are clear and as intended, not open to dismissal by developers wishing to override the wishes of residents. He will draw entirely on the work of the various NP groups, and views of residents. All ongoing consultation is feeding in to this process and there will be a chance for full consultation on the draft plan before it goes to official consultation.
A draft of the Vision and Objectives and a series of proposals were discussed at a public consultation on 22nd Nov 2014 in the William Loveless Hall.
Working groups were formed based on the 8 themes of the WNP:
And worked to develop the responses from the surveys, along with other information into a series of proposals and plans for further consultation.
Formulation of VISION and POLICY proposals for Wivenhoe, publicise and consult. Once proposals materialise, further consultation with the community takes place on those topics.
Surveys were delivered to all households in the Wivenhoe Parish area, to be filled in either on paper or online.
Over 3,000 surveys were delivered, 980 households responded.
Surveys were delivered and data from them entered by a team of volunteers.
Responses from the survey were analysed and findings are available here
In December 2012 Wivenhoe Town Council decided that a Neighbourhood Plan could bring advantages for the town.
WTC set up a steering group and in March 2013 made an application to Designate a Neighbourhood Area, the first step on the way to creating the NP.
As the process of making a NP must by law be community-led, a first public meeting was held, views sought on a range of areas, and residents were invited to become members of the Steering Group.