Summary of Strategic Village Improvements in the Neighbourhood Plan

Summary of Strategic Village Improvements in the Neighbourhood Plan

As well as policies the Neighbourhood Plan sets out a number of Strategic Village Improvements (SVIs). These are not formal prescriptive policies but will be used as a guide as to how any Community Infrastructure Levy and other funding would be used for the benefit of the community. And it’s up to the Parish Council to deliver these objectives over the next 20 or so years.

It’s definitely worth taking a look at the SVIs in the Neighbourhood Plan document and give us any feedback or comments you may have for our vision for Lytchett Matravers.

In case you missed the details of the SVIs, here’s a summary of what SVIs are in the Plan:

  1. Uses of the village car park and relocation of village sport activities
  2. Encouragement of commercial, community and public buildings along the High Street
  3. CIL monies to be used on projects identified in the Neighbourhood Plan
  4. Expansion to the library
  5. Expansion to the village hall
  6. Resistance to any development within the greenbelt
  7. Preservation of the distinct character of the village
  8. Resistance to housing development
  9. Resistance to the development of the road networking within the village
  10. Establishment of ‘quiet road’ zones
  11. Establishment of 20mph ‘home zones’
  12. Provision of suitable bus routes to and from the village
  13. Establishment of a ‘safe route to school’
  14. Establishment of safe walking and cycling to Lytchett Minster school
  15. Improvements to the footpath networks around the village
  16. Management of the British Legion as a community asset

If there’s anything there that you feel strongly about make sure you feed it back to the Neighbourhood Plan group before Sunday 19th.


Development Policies in the Plan

Development Policies in the Plan

Mentions of development of new houses in Lytchett Matravers or indeed the surrounding area are always a hot topic for discussions when it comes to public opinions. Whilst the Neighbourhood Plan can’t specify ‘we do not want any more houses’ it can set out Development Management Policies (see Section 3) which allow the village to set out its preferences on the character and style of a new development, to identify and define critical elements of the specification of that new development and to set out how that development will be integrated into the village.

The following policies relating to development are set out in the Plan:

Policy 2

For all planning applications involving developments of two or more new dwellings (net) within the parish of Lytchett Matravers, the applicant is required to hold a public consultation open to all residents of the village.
Applicants should demonstrate how the proposal:

  • meets with the development principles, vision and objectives in this LMNP;
  • will contribute towards the provision of infrastructure and services to mitigate against the additional demands it will generate and over what period.

Proposals are unlikely to be supported if they cannot demonstrate that the above criteria have been met.

Policy 3

When applying for planning permission, new development proposals will be expected to:

  • Clearly identify the materials that will be used in the construction.
  • Preserve or enhance the appearance of village.
  • Adhere to the design principles set out in section 4.I.

Applicants should provide a written statement indicating how the above points have been considered and integrated into the design.

Policy 4

The creation of new internal roads should seek to introduce home zones, with shared spaces and strict speed limits.

New homes will be expected to provide a minimum of two car parking spaces per dwelling and within the parish a garage will not be accepted in lieu of a car parking space.