Neighbourhood Plans play an important role in deciding whether planning applications should be approved or refused. They contribute to decision-making on issues like:
- affordable housing and new building
- retaining shops, businesses and services
- conserving our heritage
- improving public transport
The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan (2014) was one of the first in England, and is regularly consulted by our local planning authorities, including Arun District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. But planning documents need to be refreshed every five years or so to remain relevant, and since Arundel’s was adopted, some of the legal and planning framework has changed – so it’s time for an update.
How can you help?
An Arundel Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee has been formed by Arundel Town Council to consult and update the 2014 Neighbourhood Plan. For it to be properly useful and relevant, it is important that local residents, businesses and organisations are involved in the process of updating the Neighbourhood Plan.
The Steering Committee will be forming ‘task groups’ and holding meetings during April, May & June to gauge residents’ views on Housing, Business, Social Interaction, Environment and Transport, and how they will affect different parts of the town.
James Stewart, chair of the Committee says, “We are looking for residents of all ages, working or non-working, from all parts of the town to join a task group. We expect they will meet in convenient places in the town on three or four evenings over those three months.”
If you would like to be part of a task group, you can contact the Steering Group via its website: www.arundelneighbourhoodplan.co.uk or on Facebook, here. You can also read more about the updating process and download relevant documents, including a copy of the existing Plan.
Arundel Creative Exchange – Inaugural meeting
Do you or your business undertake creative commissions, and are you based in Arundel?
Would you like to be part of an Arundel network of commercially-driven creatives, to help you grow your business?
An inaugural meeting of the Arundel Creative Exchange will be held at the Town Hall on Wednesday 4 April from 6pm. It’s open to anyone who makes a living from running a creative business based in Arundel.
Find out more or register an interest in attending on the ACE Facebook page here.
Arundel Lido Volunteering Days
Arundel Lido is holding two drop-in sessions for anyone interested in lending a hand as a volunteer.
There are a host of volunteering opportunities at the Lido, from practical help with things like handiwork and gardening to helping at events, lending a hand in the office, or assisting the board of Trustees with their development plan, Project LEAP.
Call in at either drop-in session to have a chat and find out how you can support the Lido as it makes plans for the future. Refreshments will be provided.
Tuesday 17th April: 7-8 pm
Saturday 21st April: 10am-12 noon
For more information or to speak to a member of the lido team, call 01903 884 772 or email Nikki Richardson: [email protected]