Bath and North East Somerset Council formally designated the Chew Valley area as a Neighbourhood Area, after an application was made by the Parishes of Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Compton Martin, East Harptree, Hinton Blewett, Ubley and West Harptree.  These 7 Parishes expressed an interest in preparing a joint Chew Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan, so in accordance with the regulations of the Localism Act 2011 they submitted a Neighbourhood Area Designation Application.

The task of creating the joint Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan formally started with the formation of a steering group of representatives from all 7 parishes.  In addition the ward councillors for the parishes were on the steering group as well as representatives from other useful organisations.

Find out more information by visiting the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan website.

Below is a précis of the work undertaken so far and the plans for the future:

16th February 2017:
• Parishes referendum – more details here and here

Autumn 2016:
• Planning Inspector’s examination

Spring 2016:
• Submission of Neighbourhood Plan to B&NES

(Date TBC):
• Six week consultation with parishes before submission of Neighbourhood Plan

Summer 2015:
• Sub Groups Policy Options presented at drop-in consultation sessions and leafleting of every household, plus media publicity
•  Click to view the CVNP Options Consultation document
•  Initial ideas formed into draft policies

June 2015:
•  Sought further funding for advisory services

April 2015:
• Successful grant funding for professional advice to assist Sub Groups in developing evidence base and policy options

March 2015:
• Young peoples’ Chew Valley school survey

December 2014:
• Sub Groups formed to draft ideas for policies cover housing, environment, business, facilities & recreation and transport

November 2014:
• Household survey mailed to all households in the participating parishes

Summer 2014:
• Drop-in events held in each parish with questionnaire
•  Successful grant funding for household survey research

Spring 2014:
•  CVNP Constitution and mission statement agreed
•  Public consultation events held at Chew Magna

March 2014:
•  Chew Valley Neighbourhood Area designated by B&NES for the parishes of Chew Magna, Chew Stoke, Compton Martin, East Harptree, Hinton Blewett, Ubley and West Harptree.
•  Steering Group formed including ward councillors, parish councillors (2 per parish), parishioners and local businesses from the seven participating parishes.