Holme Parish Council

 

Holme Community Led Plan : Progress Update : Date : January 2017

The long-awaited Holme Community Led Plan will be considered by the Holme Parish Council in the next  6 weeks.    The comprehensive document looks at many aspects of village life.  It will set a framework of policies and proposals for the village of Holme, over the next 5 to 10 years.The stages to be completed will be :-

  • Consideration by the Parish Council as a draft plan.  This will be a public meeeting, but is primarily for the Parish Council to agree the draft policies and proposals.
  • Formal consultation.  This will be with two main groups :-
    • Public authorities, and elected district/county representatives – by invitation to comment and by formal meetings
    • Residents of Holme – by exhibition and open forums in the village

Printed plans will be available,  and the full document will also be available on this site for download ( reducing the costs of printing ( which are substantial).  Printed copies will also be supplied to groups within the village, and to individuals  ( where they are unable to download a version)

  • Formal adoption by the Parish Council after amendment and consideration of public comments

 

About Your Village

 

holme google earth
Copyright Google Earth

 

ACRE has produced a fascinating profile of Holme Village, which forms part of the Community Led Plan

 

Holme Parish Profile

 

A New Community Plan for Holme

History

The decision to produce a new village plan was taken in mid-2013   Though the old Holme Parish Plan is still relevant, and has been reviewed ( see http://www.holme-westmorland-pc.gov.uk/parishplan.shtml ),  it is technically out of date. A summary of its main objectives and achievements is shown at the end of this page.

Taking advice from Action for Communities in Cumbria ( ACT ) – www.cumbriaaction.org.uk  – the decision was taken to produce a Community Led Plan, and not a Neighbourhood Plan – for difference see http://www.cumbriaaction.org.uk/WhatWeDo/CommunityLedPlanning.aspx .  This was principally because the main issues relating to land-use planning had been identified in the current Local Plan  produced by South Lakeland District Council (http://www.southlakeland.gov.uk/building-and-planning/south-lakeland-local-plan/ ) .

A supporting document to the former Village Plan is the Village Design Statement.  This has not been formerly reviewed, but will be interpreted together with the briefs resulting from the specific development proposals contained in the South Lakeland  Local Plan.

Consultation Stages

Public consultation is a key part of the Community Led Plan ( CLP) process.   In Holme, there have been several distinct phases to date :-

Initial Public Meeting :  Nov 2013

This meeting, which was attended by over 60 residents,  took the form of a working meeting in the Village Hall.  Those attending were divided into a number of subject areas, each of which identified key issues  for these areas.

Formation of Steering Committee

Following the above, a public meeting was held to agree a project  plan, and to appoint volunteers to a working group.  Attendance at this was disappointing, but the decision was taken to form a working group consisting of Councillors Sherriff and Brown, the then Parish Clerk , and residents Angela Smith and Rosemary Dyson.   This group met on a number of occasions, and produced a consultation document which was widely circulated around Holme, trying to understand what makes Holme a special place

Public Consultation : Vision Questionnaire : Feb 2015

In this consultation  residents were asked to take a longer term view of Holme, and to try and say how they thought it would look in 10 years time.

Somewhat predictably, the 82 respondents confirmed that the essential ‘village’ character of Holme was extremely important ( over 62% expressed this view).  Over 50% of the respondents said they considered themselves to be ‘part of the village’ , and regularly engaged in village activities.

Public Consultation : Issues for Discussion: Nov 2015

This consultation took a far more detailed look at the key issues affecting Holme, and proposed some possible solutions.  It was circulated widely to Holme residents, and also available in local shops.

In all, 110 replies were received.  The following is a summary of the responses, and identifies the priority issues which were identified.

 

Section : Community Development : Housing, Employment and Environment
Issue High Med Low NR High Med Low Tot
HE5:Protection and Enhancement of Village Character, Wildlife, Heritage and Landscape 85 18 1 6 77% 16% 1% 110
HE1:Resolution of infrastructure concerns 58 35 11 6 53% 32% 10% 110
HE8:Tourism and the Village Economy 47 47 10 6 43% 43% 9% 110
HE6:Green area – Mayfield – better use 39 48 18 5 35% 44% 16% 110
HE7:Increasing/sustaining the local employment base 38 45 18 9 35% 41% 16% 110
HE3:Sheltered housing 35 49 19 7 32% 45% 17% 110
HE2:Benefit from new development 29 46 29 6 26% 42% 26% 110
HE4:Holiday Homes 14 25 65 6 13% 23% 59% 110
Section:Community:Infrastructure:Roads, Footpaths, Lighting, Statutory and Signs
Issue High Med Low NR High Med Low Tot
CO1:Better maintenance roads/paths 81 28 0 1 74% 25% 0% 110
CO2:Slower traffic speeds 69 30 9 2 63% 27% 8% 110
CO3:Safer village 66 37 6 1 60% 34% 5% 110
CO6:Better salting/gritting 66 36 6 2 60% 33% 5% 110
CO12:More dog/litter bins 66 37 5 2 60% 34% 5% 110
CO4:Commercial  vehicles 63 35 8 4 57% 32% 7% 110
CO5:Parking in the Village 59 39 10 2 54% 35% 9% 110
CO14:Poor Mobile Phone Reception 59 36 13 2 54% 33% 12% 110
CO8:Street Lighting 41 52 16 1 37% 47% 15% 110
CO9:Improved recreation network 36 59 13 2 33% 54% 12% 110
CO7:Road signing 30 52 25 3 27% 47% 23% 110
CO10:Clutter of Signage 29 51 27 3 26% 46% 25% 110
CO11:Fly Posting 24 40 44 2 22% 36% 40% 110
CO13:Visual – more flowers / tubs 22 51 35 2 20% 46% 32% 110
Section:Community Facilities : Transport, Shops, Sports and Social
Issue High Med Low NR High Med Low Tot
CF3:Protect village amenities 83 24 2 1 75% 22% 2% 110
CF7:Policing and Crime 75 30 4 1 68% 27% 4% 110
CF4:Bus Service 71 33 5 1 65% 30% 5% 110
CF1:Community Facilities 59 44 6 1 54% 40% 5% 110
CF6:Village Communication 59 43 6 0 54% 39% 5% 108
CF2:Cash point 42 37 31 0 38% 34% 28% 110
CF5:Tea shop or crafts 13 42 53 2 12% 38% 48% 110
Section:Social Needs: Health/Welfare High Med Low NR High Med Low
SN8:Maintaining support in the community 77 27 4 2 70% 25% 4% 110
SN2:Provision of medical facilities 76 30 2 2 69% 27% 2% 110
SN6:Improved hospital transport/rural wheels service 74 28 4 4 67% 25% 4% 110
SN3:Provision of transport to Milnthorpe Surgery 67 36 5 2 61% 33% 5% 110
SN5:Protection of meals on wheels – 67 31 10 2 61% 28% 9% 110
SN4:Reliance on Voluntary Support 59 42 7 2 54% 38% 6% 110
SN9:Better bus services 59 41 6 4 54% 37% 5% 110
SN1:Provision for teenagers 54 43 10 3 49% 39% 9% 110
SN7: Village Emergency Plan 48 46 8 8 44% 42% 7% 110
SN10:Perching Seats 40 53 14 3 36% 48% 13% 110

Developing New Proposals : July – October 2016

Following the extensive consultation, work is now in progress on the preparation of a Draft Plan.  It is the intention that this be made available for comment early in 2017.  It will also be distributed to statutory authorities and other key bodies/people, particularly where they have the ability to influence the outcomes of the plan.  A full copy of this document will be available for download on this site, and a limited number of printed copies will also be made available ( a small charge will be levied for printed versions)

A number of meetings have taken place with key groups within the village. These have included the Church,  Community School, and representatives of the older residents.  Other meetings are to be carried out with representatives of Young People,  Sporting Clubs, and community of Holme Mills ( the latter being a distinct group of residents within Holme with particular local issues)

 

 

The Parish Plan