Urban Vision News - April 2014


NEWSLETTER 1:  APRIL 2014

First Urban Vision-supported Neighbourhood Plan succeeds at Referendum

Urban Vision helped produce the Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan, which was voted through at the referendum on 4 April 2014.  The turnout was 59.3% (1178 votes in total).  The YES vote was 1072 (91%) and the NO vote was 103 (8.7%).  There were 3 spoiled ballot papers. 

Geoff Botting, chair of the Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, emailed Urban Vision to give us the news and said "We achieved a majority of those who voted and a majority of the entire parish electorate.  Once again many thanks for your help - I've said it before but we couldn't have done it without you."

Urban Vision's role was to produce a methodology for the selection of housing sites and help apply it to the allocation of sites, to advise on policies, to write the Equalities Impact Assessment and to help write the Basic Conditions Statement and Consultation Statement.  Woodcote Parish is located in South Oxfordshire.  Read more about the Woodcote Neighbourhood Plan here.

Leek and Moorlands World War 1 Centenary Project starts

Urban Vision has been appointed as Project Co-ordinator for a programme of projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. 

Leek Town Council has been awarded £74,600 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to carry out a range of schemes, including a large parade, schools projects and a changing exhibition.  Other partners in the project are Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, local schools, the Friends of Nicholson War Memorial, county library services, and the Leek branch of Royal British Legion.

Urban Vision Enterprise Director, Hannah Barter, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to help commemorate the First World War in our local community.

"This is a 10-month programme based around the local history.  It will look at urban context, social history and the discovery of events, life and people before, during and after the war, examining the impact, social and physical change in a thriving market town in the Staffordshire Moorlands."

Hannah can be seen opposite with Cllr John Fisher, Chair of Leek Town Council, after the appointment was announced, in this photograph from the Leek Post and Times. 

Further details can be found on the Leek Post and Times website.

Urban Vision in the national press

Urban Vision's Dave Chetwyn was quoted extensively in a recent Sunday Express report. The article referred to the Planning Camp held in Oxford on 3rd to 5th April for neighbourhood planning groups from all around the country.

Dave represented Urban Vision at Planning Camp in his capacity as planning advisor to Locality, the lead partner in the Government's Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning programme.  

Read the Sunday Express article here.

More information about the Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme can be found here.

New Urban Vision website goes live

After a very busy period following our re-organisation in 2011 Urban Vision has completely overhauled and updated its website, to reflect the expanded range of our work. 

The new website provides details of our national role in neighbourhood planning, not only as a key partner in the Department of Communities and Local Government's Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning Programme (see above), but also in working for town and parish councils and neighbourhood forums around the country to deliver all the elements required to produce a successful neighbourhood plan.

See the new Urban Vision website home page here: www.uvns.org

Design Review Service relaunched

With one of our key local partners, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, making a design review report a new validation requirement for all significant planning applications it receives, Urban Vision has relaunched our longstanding Design Review Service. 

The new service has a more flexible programming of Design Review Panel meetings to fit in with developers' timetables wherever possible and different scales of design review to suit different scales of development.

Find out about our new Design Review Service here.

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