About 30 people attended the neighbourhood plan meeting on Saturday afternoon. We principally discussed plans for Wye1, Wye2, Wye13 (and Withersdane) and the patch of land either side of the railway. Wye3 (the area close to the village centre owned by Imperial) was discussed but not in great detail.
After studying responses from the initial village consultations, Mark Hanton (commissioned by the neighbourhood plan group to work on a village design) has come up with some suggested designs for these areas. He explained that the following factors were important in forming these plans:
- maintenance of views into and out of the village
- the idea that the village border could be defined by a cycle path running the whole way round the village
- that generally the village should be a walkable settlement with anyone within 450 metres of the village centre
- that housing density should decrease as you walk away from the village centre (this has been adopted as a new principle of the NP)
Headlines on the different areas:
I spent most of my time on this table. People were positive about Mark’s suggestions which seek to preserve the view across to Wye Court. People felt that there should be no houses over two storeys high. It was pointed out that the land is on the route of the old Forstal and is of archaeological significance.
Again people were positive about Mark’s suggestions to tidy up this edge of the village (which I will link to when they are available online). There was a feeling that this site would accommodate bungalows.
People felt that this site didn’t need to be developed. The question was asked as to why this site would be developed when the same landowner (Imperial) could develop land for social housing on the other side of Scotton Street. It was acknowledged that Withersdane, well beyond the 450 metre walking circle, represented a conundrum.
Wye – either side of the railway
People were positive the idea about an amenity site (perhaps incorporating a natural swimming pool). There was talk about moving the bus garage across the other side of the railway to allow for more development of this area (10 houses?). Also talk of a footbridge/cycle bridge linking the area to Havillands.)
(For a key to the various areas, please click here: wyemaps.)