Designed by Ian Parris © Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Plan
Sitting in the garden, preoccupied about whether the lawn would soon be having its final cut of the year, I was distracted by the call of a buzzard, soaring lazily on the thermals above the village. Another, further to the east, waiting for a meal to come by, or to feed on carrion that it spots from up above. A flurry of wings, and three smaller crows seemed to have no fear in tackling the buzzard above me head on, furiously seeing it off with gutsy acrobatics and plucky manoeuvres. Understandably this instinct protects their young and their territory.
Off to the next Neighbourhood Plan Group meeting then…
Our neighbourhood plan group hasn’t had chance to it still and watch grass grow! We have been meeting a number of consultants and advisors who will be able to assist us in some of the more technical policy work that will fall out of village events that we will be holding next year. Remember, the Neighbourhood Plan is our opportunity to say what, where and how we would like to see/not see developments in our village over the next fifteen years, in a sustainable way that we decide.
There are a number of local examples of completed Neighbourhood Plans if you would like to see one - the one for Flore is online at http://www.floreparishcouncil.co.uk/Plan.html and one that the villagers in Weedon put together at http://www.weedonbec-village.co.uk/neighborhood-plan.html . We will also have a web site soon where you will be able to see what we’re up to in Nether Heyford.
Our first step is getting established, and to let South Northants Council know which area we would like to cover in our plan. We have asked that it ought to be the Nether Heyford Parish area (not just the confines of the village), and SNC will undertake a consultation exercise over the next couple of months to agree this. This is important as it gives us a clear area around the village, without gaps between us and our neighbours that we consider in the plan.
As a village, we have been spotted by speculators in the near past, chancing their hand with plans for scores of houses, usually on land they don’t even own. They lazily soar across the country, looking for easy pickings, but we know they can be deflected by intelligent and well presented arguments (our neighbourhood plan becomes a legal document) – although some aggressive speculators have size and sharp claws on their side, it doesn’t mean that they can’t be moved on.