Our meeting this month was a lovely in-person gathering in the cosy atmosphere of the Totton and Eling Men's Shed. Amongst the woodworking projects and items stored to be repaired we pulled up our chairs and listened to our independent consultant Richard Lewis tell us all about his work on our Neighbourhood Plan so far, and everything he has researched and discovered.

The biggest thing that Richard wanted to convey is that a Neighbourhood Plan document is a land-use document and should be a positive force for developments that we want in our town. We went into a lot of detail, examples and maps during the meeting. If you'd like to read the full meeting transcript you can download and read that here.

Next Stages

Our next stages are to do another engagement event soon, work on drafting our policies over June and August, and doing a 6 week public consultation in the Autumn. After that we will finalise our plans and submit to NFDC. We are aware that Neighbourhood Plan referendums are usually held alongside other elections, and we have council elections in May 2023 which are achievable for us to aim for.

Presentation at Full Council Meeting

A shorter version of this presentation and updates is going to be given at the Totton And Eling Full Council Meeting on Wednesday 25th May to ensure that all councillors are up to date on our work and upcoming stages. A version of the presentation given at the council will be available on this website shortly.

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Our March meeting was a very positive affair.

News from NFDC

We began with the news that NFDC have announced they will be putting money into redeveloping the town centre. While we have suspected news on the horizon for some time due to all the big developments happening around us, this is very welcome news and we are excited to work together with NFDC on community consultation.

Updates from our independent planning consultant

We next had an in-depth update from our independent planning consultant, Richard Lewis, on the strategic work they are doing for us at the moment and the work they have planned up until the end of April. Richard also talked to the committee about setting a date for a site visit around the town centre for mid March to help feed into his report.

Areas where we can improve links

We spent the next part of the meeting brainstorming areas where we can improve links for existing walks.

Next consultation

We have begun making plans for our next consultation event - watch this space for more details soon.

As always, if you'd like to read the full transcript from the meeting you can view it here!

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We eased into the New Year with a short and sweet meeting this week, yet it was nonetheless filled with a number of key decisions and updates.

Meeting with NFDC

Several of our team are going to be meeting with the planning team at NFDC to better understand how our work can intersect and how we can best support each other. The team are very keen to meet with and work more closely with NFDC, and hopefully this meeting on 24th January will be the start on that journey.

Next Consultation Event

We also decided to organise another consultation event. We are planning for this event to be held in Calmore on a Saturday in June.

Facebook Page Coming Soon

Thinking more about how we communicate with the community we're going to set up a Facebook page to help make it easier to send out regular updates to interested residents.

Bringing on an independent consultant

The biggest decision we made is to hire an independent consultant to do some work for us. Our next meeting in February will be focused around writing the brief for this piece of work. We feel that it's a ripe time to get some professional input and guidance in pulling together what we already have.

You can read the full minutes of the meeting here.

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