Swaffham Town Council
Swaffham Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led document for guiding the future development of the parish. It is the first of its kind for Swaffham and a part of the Government’s current approach to planning. It has and will be undertaken with extensive community engagement, consultation and communication.
Evidence gathering 1: Preliminary consultation2pm-7pm on Wednesday, 25thMay 2016.Purpose: Preliminary consultation event to establish key themes for the Neighbourhood Plan. 58 attendees. Key themes established: transport; housing; wellbeing; local economy; and social/community.
Evidence gathering 2: Topic groups February 2017 onwards. Monthly topic group meetings tasked with investigating: business and employment; transport and access; open spaces, leisure and sport; education and young people; health and community services; town centre, heritage and tourism. The topic groups gathered information and identified issues.Meetings were held with stakeholders for education provision, and sports and leisure groups.
Evidence gathering 3: Informal workshops and onlinesurvey Workshops held from Wednesday 19thto Friday 21stJuly 2017. Online survey fromJuly to September 2017.Workshops were held on: tourism;thetown centre; north of the town; travel, traffic, safety and air pollution; Green Britain Centre and business. There were 301 respondents.The survey covered a range of topics including: use of town shops and services; health and community services; sports and leisure activity; entertainment, culture andvisitors; education and training services; civic services and voluntary activity; environment and open spaces; travel and car parking; employment and business.
Evidence gathering 4: Stakeholder input January to May 2018. Meetings and correspondence with interested groups and stakeholders to establish detail for policy. The Steering Group met with or corresponded with: Sacred Heart School students; The Nicholas Hamond Academy students; Swaffham Junior Academy students; a range of local businesses; visitors to the Tourist Information Centre and the Swaffham Museum; Swaffham History Group; Swaffham Rugby Club; Rotary Club for Swaffham; Probus; Swaffham Women’s Institute; Manor Farm Medical Centre; Age Concern. Notes of all meetings were fed into Steering Group meetings to draft policy ideas.
Evidence gathering 5: Policy ideas workshops 10am-3pm on Saturday, 14th April 2018 and 5pm-7pm on Tuesday, 17th April 2018. Also online survey with content of the workshops.Purpose: to check emerging policy ideas. 283 respondents (192 at the two events, 91 online).Most ideas were agreed, with additional comments that helped shape the drafting of policy for the Neighbourhood Plan.