Key messages about what the Neighbourhood Plan development needs to explore.
1)Transport. To promote safe roads and streets such as traffic calming measures. Reduce traffic volume through more accessible and environmental friendly ways of getting around. For example, walking and/or cycle routes between all parts of the parish (Horton, Hackleton, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Wootton Fields East). More bus stops. Reduce the need to travel to work by enhancing the ‘digital infrastructure’ of the parish so that all residents have fast broadband and can choose from a variety of providers.
2) Improve the leisure, sports and recreation opportunities. Protecting and enhancing parks, green spaces and play areas for all ages. Enough children play areas and ‘kick about’ areas for the more older children. Encourage use of safe local walkways and bridleways. Protect existing assets such as the school, village hall and other community buildings and spaces used for community events.
3a) Villages. Villages to remain as recognisably separate places. Only infill developments within the villages which provide a mix of housing such as smaller homes for elderly residents wishing to downsize and affordable homes for young singles and young families. Each infill developments shouldn’t be more than 30 homes. 3b) Development in Wootton Fields East. The rural look and feel is maintained in these developments. Any future development must minimise the visual impact for Preston Deanery. 3c) General Development. All new developments are of high quality design which includes open green spaces and an appropriate level of parking for residential and business development. Development is designed so that it deters crime, including maximising opportunities for natural surveillance of public places. All new developments must incorporate a landscaping scheme such as having trees on grass verges.
4) Character. Keep the rural nature of the parish. Protect and improve the local bio-diversity. Protect wild life habitats. Safeguard agricultural land sustain and strengthen our rural economy. Protect ancient woodland at Salcy Forest. Respecting and preserving our heritage assets and their settings.
5) Employment and Community. Protecting our local businesses and these sites/premises should stay commercial. Support local businesses and community groups and assets. Allow small scale change of use of buildings to promote home working, small business and social enterprise groups. A cycle route / walk way to Brackmills Industrial Estate.
Sustaining the largely rural character of the parish and our historical and countryside resources
Connecting the parish by a network of safe non-vehicular routes Modest appropriate growth within village confines sensitively designed for location, setting, and the needs of the parishes inhabitants
Managing the impact of the motor vehicle on the parish as well as gearing up for new types of transport in the future
Gearing up for new ways of working/living and changing demographics
Identifying how many parishioners we have and their age profiles.
Traffic – Inconsiderate parking, around the school, shop and especially on verges, ruining the look of Hackleton Main Road
Identifying just how many houses we are required to have and identifying and discussing with those land owners who are keen to sell to developers
To preserve villages / hamlet as separate entities from each other and neighbours eg Northampton
Preserve, enhance and develop services;- education, health, employment, leisure & retail Manage growth of housing to include starter & retirement/sheltered.
Protect and enhance the natural environment through development of a wildlife corridor (following Wootton Brook through Hackleton/Piddington boundary) and develop with cycleway to Hardingstone/Wootton/Caroline Chisholm i.e. linking newer part of built parish with older and enhancing health of residents/improving safety for cyclists and reducing traffic/pollution on B526.
Identify, preserve and enhance historical landscapes & buildings