Sedgefield Town Council and representatives of the Neighbourhood Plan’s Steering Group met with Durham County Council Planning Officers on 17th August 2016 to consider the recent Independent Examiner’s Report detailing his findings from inspection The Sedgefield Plan. Contained within this report were many very positive comments about our Neighbourhood Plan with particular praise at the level of community engagement and consultation in the Plan’s production. There are a number of issues which we now need to consider further before the Plan can move forward to a Community Referendum. The main issue being the current scope of the Built Up Area Boundary. While the Town Council and Steering Group can consider other very minor points made by the Independent Examiner the issue of the Built Up Area Boundary will be strongly influenced by the now awaited decision of the public inquiry relating to the 300 dwellings on land to the South of Eden Drive. When these decisions are known, and other minor points addressed, there will be further opportunities for you to participate in public consultation events. The Town Council will keep you updated through the Council’s website (www.sedgefieldtowncouncil.gov.uk), the Plan’s website (www.thesedgefieldplan.co.uk), the Sedgefield News and through the Residents Database.
The Independent Examiner has now published his findings regarding The Sedgefield Plan. Following this a very constructive meeting has taken place earlier today (Tuesday 26th July 2016) between members of the Town Council and Mr Stuart Timmiss and Mr Stuart Carter of Durham County Council in order to consider the Examiner’s recommendations. A Special Sedgefield Town Council meeting has been scheduled for Monday 8th August 2016 commencing at 6.30pm in the Council Offices in order that Councillors can consider proposals for the way forward. After this meeting further information will be distributed across the Parish of Sedgefield
A major consultation on the County Durham Plan is now underway and there are a series of events people can attend to find out more and share their views.
Known as the ‘Issues and Options’ stage of the process, Durham County Council is seeking views on the amount of new development needed for housing, potential job creation and future retail spaces up to the year 2033. The plan will also cover what infrastructure is needed to support these, such as transport, schools and green spaces.
As well as asking how much and what type of development is needed to help local communities, the council is also seeking views on how the development can be best used to grow the economy of the county and promote tourism.
To guide the consultation, the council has suggested four possible options for future housing development. These include one with a focus on the larger towns and particularly Durham City as the county’s biggest in terms of both population and economy, one with a balance of housing closely matching existing demand and that is near to established employment locations, one where the focus is widened out to the villages surrounding Durham City and a further option with the development more widely spread across the county.
With each of the options there are different positives and negatives that people responding to the consultation are asked to balance when making their decision. People are also free to suggest a different option of their own.
The options are part of a range of questions that make up the six-week consultation. People are being asked to not only answer as many questions as they feel relevant but suggest any other issues or opportunities that they want the council to consider.
As well as being able to respond online at www.durham.gov.uk/CDP people are also being invited to sessions around the county where they can find out more, talk to officers and ask any questions, and have their views heard. One session is being held at Ceddesfeld Hall, Sedgefield on Tuesday 19th July 2016 from 4pm to 7.30pm.
The consultation closes on the 5th August 2016”.
Joanne Elliott has been successfully co-opted onto Sedgefield Town Council!
Joanne is excited to take on the role and said, “I’m extremely process driven with particular attention to quality and detail in my work, as computer programmer at Durham University. I live in Sedgefield with my husband and two school aged daughters, and have done so for 12 years now. I hope to be a great asset to the council and hope that I can make a positive difference to Sedgefield. My main aim is to work closely with Sedgefield Town Council in executing the Sedgefield plan and local policies, for an optimistic future. My hobbies are defined around my children, however I have a real passion for dancing, ballet in particular, and a keen interest in health and fitness. I have no doubt I will be made to feel very welcome in my new role over the coming weeks.”