Botus Fleming and Hatt Neighbourhood Development Plan







What's happening?

Confused? You might well be.

We made a decision to conduct a very simple survey to identify households with affordable housing needs. We rejected the idea of a comprehensive Housing Need Survey as the questionnaire would be long-winded and intrusive and experience in other parishes shows a very poor response. We publicised this in our newsletter delivered on 31 May and set up an online survey to record your answers. Then something really strange happened. On 2nd June someone delivered a comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment to residents of the parish. The survey bears the logo of Botus Fleming PC and the text makes reference to helping the PC and the Neighbourhood Development Plan. Here is what you need to know:

  • The NDP committee had no prior knowledge that this survey would take place.
  • Looking back through PC records over the past 2 years we can find no record of any discussions or agreements endorsing this survey or the use of the PC logo.
  • The sponsor of this survey is a local landowner who has aspirations to develop housing on land adjacent to Hatt and has commissioned this survey to support his planning application.
  • Rather than helping the NDP, this survey is undermining our efforts to obtain the best possible evidence from our residents.
  • The NDP committee distances itself completely from this initiative.

You can find our survey at

Housing Need Assessment

Our previous survey demonstrated a wish to provide affordable housing to meet local need. We now need to understand what that need is. Affordable housing can be provided to those who cannot obtain housing on the open market because of their financial situation and needs. There are different types of affordable housing:

Social rented Housing
Affordable rented housing
Shared ownership
Shared equity
Help to buy initiative
FirstBuy Government scheme
Low cost housing for sale
Self build.

We are running a Yes/No survey to identify individuals and families who fall into this category. A large response will give us the most meaningful evidence.

You can find the survey at

Landscape Character Assessment

On Sunday 23rd April members of the steering committee were joined by a group of residents on a walk through the roads and lanes of the parish. The intention was to walk slowly, observe the landscape and stop at gateways and vantage points to appreciate and record aspects of the countryside that give the parish its character. The weather was kind to us and our timing was perfect as the verges were bursting with wild flowers and the tress were coming into leaf. 25 people took part in the walk which was also an enjoyable social occasion. It was such an enjoyable and rewarding day that we feel it should become an annual event.

Open Day

We held a second Open Day on Sunday 2nd February on the forecourt of Hatt Garage during which we were asking what the residents would like the parish to look like, and how it would be to live here, in 20 years time. We identified 26 different areas that attracted the most comments. These were used to create an on-line survey, the results of which largely corroborated our initial analysis, with one or two additional insights. We are now in a position to publish a Vision Statement based on our findings. This statement represents an aspiration and is not a plan or a statement of intent. It will give us an intended destination to aspire to while conforming to the obligations and limitations set by National and Local Policy.

You have a voice, have your say

Consultation is an ongoing process and we will be seeking your views on the various aspects of the plan as we go on. We are also open to any other comments you may have on the work done so far or any other matters relating to Neighbourhood Planning.

Download the latest Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter

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