NEWTON SOLNEY VILLAGE PLAN – March 2017
The purpose of this Village Plan for Newton Solney is to determine the direction which parishioners desire for the further development of the village. The Plan provides guidance to the Parish Council and acts as a statement for other tiers of Government of the wider community. It informs interested third parties.
The Plan contains a brief description of the village and its organisations including the Parish Council and the latter’s role in local government. Information is given on how the Plan was developed and the local consultation process which took place to achieve this Plan. The Plan is based on the document already in place and revised in February 2014. Following the parish council meeting held in November 2016 and subsequent comments from parishioners. the PC ratified this revised plan which will be reviewed again three years hence. The details of the Plan are as set out below.
2. Strategic Environment
2.1 Setting the scene
Newton Solney is located adjacent to the River Trent in South Derbyshire on the B5008 between Repton and Burton-on-Trent. It is a medium sized village with a population of about 700, 280 households and 548 registered electors. There is an infant school, a church, a village hall, a recreational field, two pubs and a hotel. There is a second school within the Parish boundary at Bladon House. There are two Alms houses within the village, the John Higgot Alms Houses and Sunnyside Alms Houses. The Parish includes the village of Newton Solney and extends to the south end of Bretby Lane/Newton Lane; west along the B5008 to Dalebrook; parts of Wheatley Lane, Sales Lane and Hollow Lane the latter three being in Winshill; and east towards Repton.
The extent of the Parish boundary can be viewed on the Newton Solney web site and follow the directions or can be identified on OS Explorer Map 245 or viewed at www.election-maps.co.uk
The extent of the conservation area and the village envelope can be viewed on the Newton Solney web site click on to the Village Plan and follow the directions.
a. Village Organisation
There are a variety of village groupings some of which are related. The Parish Council (seven councillors) is the formal tier of local government. The Village Hall is a registered charity managed by a committee comprising elected and representative members. There are several village activities which are organised by elected committees – the recreation field, rifle club, horticultural society, bowling, badminton and tennis clubs, Tuesday Club, Life Class, Sports Club Art Club and Pilates class. Newton Solney has a branch of the Women’s Institute which holds regular meetings, usually in the Village Hall. The Newton Park housing development has a residents association. The two schools are Newton Solney C of E (Aided) Infants School and Bladon House School. A pre-school group also uses the “temporary” former school building on Trent Lane. The Parish Church of St. Mary’s is the pastoral focal point for the village which is part of the United Benefice of Foremark and Repton with Newton Solney.
b. Local Government
There are three tiers of local government – Derbyshire County Council (DCC), South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC) and the Parish Council (PC).
· The DCC is the main provider of education, social care and health, highways, waste disposal, trading standards, libraries and museums. These are services which generally need to be co-ordinated on a county wide basis.
· The SDDC is responsible for a wide range of local services including planning, housing, waste collection, environmental health and leisure services.
· The Parish Council has limited duties but quite wide powers, should it decide to use them. They cover issues that are relevant to the parish or village such as allotments, bus shelters, village halls, children’s playgrounds, parks, seats, sign and, notice boards. The Parish Council has a significant input to the planning consultation process.
Council Tax is set by the District Council in response to its budgetary needs and it also acts as the collector of the Parish Council precept. A precept is set by the Parish Council. The precept is the sole source of revenue available to the Parish Council to undertake its work directly. Beyond that it can only make requests of the DCC or SDDC as appropriate, for works to be carried out on behalf of the Parish Council and to make recommendations in response to consultation documentation, including planning applications.
2. Devising the Plan
The initial idea to have a Village Plan came from the Parish Council, partly in the belief that a plan would be useful to the village and partly in the knowledge that quality requirements placed upon the Parish Council would require the creation of a plan. The proposal was advertised locally and suggestions for inclusion were invited. Following this, the Parish Council was instrumental in drawing up a proposal for a plan and this was the main subject on the agenda at a village meeting on 13 May 2005. The proposal was well received and it was agreed that the Parish Council should take the lead in drawing up the Plan which would then be put out for further consultation to specific groups prior to being presented to a further village meeting for general adoption. The plan was ratified at a Village Meeting in May 2006 and subsequently revised bi-annually with the latest revision in February 2014. It is now proposed that reviews taks place every three years.An open meeting was held on 11 November 2016 for the village residents to comment upon the Plan and make suggestions on items to be considered in the current revision and to exclude any elements that were no longer applicable.
With the advent of Localism it is important to have an updated Plan in place and to be regularly updated. With this in mind notices were placed on the Village web site, Village Newsletter, Parish Magazine and notice boards in the village inviting villagers to attend an open meeting on 11 November 2016 to discuss, comment upon and make suggestions for inclusion in the Plan. Some items from the previous Plan were removed as they were no longer pertinent. Suggestions put forward for consideration at that meeting together with ideas from previous revisions include;
· Affordable housing
· Play equipment
· Housing development
· Key holders for the Village Hall
· Voluntary services
· Youth activities
· Internet access for the Village Hall
· Provision of and maintenance of a defibrillator
· Maintenance of village assets
· Establishment of a riverside footpath to Winshill
· Provision of activities and facilities for young people
· Traffic calming measures
· Fibre optics, internet and broadband speed
These items have been considered in the proposed Plan.
Following the meeting of 11th November 2016 the proposed amended Plan was made available for further comment by Parishioners. All comments were duly considered by the Parish Council and the document as published was presented at the Parish Council meeting on 10 March 2017 for ratification. A copy of the revised Plan is to be forwarded to South Derbyshire District Council for them to consider in their Area Plan.
4. Strategic Development: Policy, Proposals and Benefits
4.1 Village size and housing policy
* The village should remain about the same size as it is now with no further houses or other building developments beyond the current village envelope. Any such development outside the village envelope should be resisted by Parish Council and parishioners. This will maintain the green space around the village and avoid coalescence with neighbouring villages. Ribbon development should also be avoided.
* Future house building should be confined to infill housing within the village envelope. Such developments should be in keeping with local surroundings and the conservation area maintained.
* The village envelope should be maintained.
* The principle of Affordable Housing is supported but only if suitable sites can be found. The possibility of Affordable Housing outside the village envelope is accepted but this should not change the character of the village nor its quintessential views.
* Any new housing approval must ensure that the infrastructure of the village is not adversely affected.
* Surface water and foul drainage must be maintained in good working order.
4.2 Local Transport and Traffic Management
* All roads in and through the village should be kept in a good state of repair.
* Speeding through the village is a major concern and appropriate restrictions should be put in place with the possible inclusion of speed bumps. Parking on the main road helps to restrict speeding. The police should be encouraged to mount occasional speed traps with assistance from parishioners conducting speed watch exercises. Signage should be monitored and improved where possible. There should be an attempt to reduce the speed limit on the motion activated sign at the west entry into the village from 40 mph to 30 mph. Derbyshire County Council have been asked on numerous occasions to reduce the speed limit and on each occasion they have not been able to support these requests. The Parish Council will continue to request this alteration but will have to support the request. Speed bumps in the village have also been turned down by Derbyshire County Council.
* Public transport through the village is highly valued and will become increasingly important in the event of restrictions on private transport. There is a need to maintain and improve the regular bus service through the village.
* Bus shelters to be maintained in good order and a bus “time indicator” to be included to provide information to passengers.
* There are currently no designated car parks in the village apart from those of the pubs and hotel. Many houses have adequate private parking spaces. Users of the recreation field park in the street. It is not proposed to construct any public car parks.
* All pavements throughout the village should be kept in a good state of repair.
* Statistics show that Newton Solney is a low crime area. This is welcome but there is a need to guard against complacency. A Neighbourhood Watch scheme is in place and is supported. The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator, Mr. Roger Charles, has set up a data base for ease and speed of disseminating information to parishioners of incidents that have taken place and all parishioners are encouraged to join this data base. An increase in police presence is appreciated. If there is an increase in crime measures such as CCTV should be investigated to assist crime prevention.
4.4 Public amenities
* The Village Hall is a vital amenity. The Village Hall Committee does its best to manage the hall but it needs more volunteers to assist in the hall’s maintenance and improvement. It is important to have a planned maintenance and improvement regime which in turn depends on regular and vibrant fund raising activities which depend critically on volunteers. Recent improvements include replacing all the windows in the main hall and ladies toilet, resurfacing and renewing the fencing to the tennis court, boundary gutter repairs and a kitchen refurbishment. The Plan calls for a sustainable Village Hall and for more volunteers from the village to become actively involved in its affairs.
* The Village Hall should be secure at all times and consideration should be given to the provision of CCTV or other security measures.
* The principal key holders for the Village Hall are;
Chris Kitto – 01283 702129
Chris Shean – 01283 701437
* The pubs are essential to the village life as indeed was the village shop and post office, regrettably the shop and post office were closed a few years ago. The re-opening of the shop would be of benefit to the village but would be dependent upon demand a “body” being prepared to undertake such a project or a number of individuals volunteering their services to do so. It would be desirable to re-open the Post Office facility but this is unlikely to be forthcoming in the present climate.
* Newton Solney is fortunate to have two pubs in the village and should be given every support to ensure that they remain. The pubs are an essential part of the village.
* At present the village has no allotments but if there is a sufficient demand the Parish Council will give this due consideration.
* There are no medical facilities in Newton Solney but there is a doctor’s surgery in nearby Willington as well as in Burton-on-Trent and a dental surgery in adjacent Repton.
* A defibrillator has been purchased and is located at the Village Hall together with a list of names and contact numbers of trained responders.
* There are no public toilets in Newton Solney and it is not considered to be a facility to be pursued.
* Consideration should be given to providing internet access to the village hall however it is felt that in this day and age of mobile phones this not necessary and is unlikely to occur.
4.5 Recreational amenities
*The recreation field is valued and should be maintained in good condition. Any development considered should be for the benefit of the village with facilities for children.
* The recreation field is registered as a Field in Trust that will secure the field for the village in perpetuity.
* The recreation field
* The existing pavilion/hut on the recreation field is wholly unsatisfactory. In the long term this is a facility that will need replacing.
* The children’s play area is in good condition and meets legal requirements. The equipment will be properly maintained and at the moment there is a proposal to provide addition equipment which is dependent upon obtaining a suitable grant The present equipment is owned and maintained by South Derbyshire District Council.
* There is no formal organisation for youth activities. The introduction of an appropriate scheme would be welcome but requires volunteers and any interested parties should contact the Parish Council so that this can be moved forward. During the school summer holidays a number of activities take place that are organised by South Derbyshire District Council and arranged by the Parish Council.
* Apart from the recreation field itself there are few facilities specifically designated for youth activities. Part of the recreation field could be developed for such purposes.
* All existing footpaths, including the path beside the river, are valued. They should be retained. Consideration should be given to extending the footpath network. Footpaths should regularly walked and any problems with stiles or direction markers reported to the Parish Council.
* There are no designated cycle paths in the parish and due to the restricted width of the roads it is not proposed to pursue this element. The footpath between Newton Solney and Repton should be maintained in a proper manner and this could be a considered option for some cyclists.
* Part of the village is designated a conservation area and this classification should be continued. Development in other parts of the village should only occur with proper regard to the local environment. The extraction of gravel or other minerals is not favoured.
*The extent of the conservation area and the village envelope can be viewed at the Newton Solney village web site and following the links as previously described.
* The historical interest of the village should be preserved and maintained.
* The existing grass verges, trees and similar will be properly maintained.
* Street lighting to be maintained at an acceptable level.
* Kerbside collection provide for the recycling of some materials. A scheme by South Derbyshire District Council to extend the recycling is welcomed and they have developed a revised collection service that will incorporate all household waste.
* It is not proposed that the Parish Council will provide a communal compost facility.
* An adequate number and location of dog waste bins should be provided.
* Aircraft noise on some occasions is a problem and discussion with airport authorities will continue as the need arises. However it is recognised that Nottingham East Midlands Airport is seeking to expand its business.
* Helicopter flights to The Newton Park Hotel are on the increase and these should be monitored by adjacent residents and if a public nuisance is demonstrated discussion with the hotel and Air Traffic Control etc should be undertaken.
5. Budgetary Estimates
The sources of revenue for financing activities in the Plan include special fund raising activities, the Parish Council precept, and charges for the use of particular amenities. The precept for the year 2017/2018 has been set at £4,400.00. A significant fraction of this amount is spent on administration and insurance. It is worth noting that the Parish Council has the power to set a higher precept to fund a particular activity and then reduce the precept in subsequent years. It is clear that the scope for the Parish Council to make major investments in the village infrastructure is severely restricted. The principal role of the Parish Council is to represent the views of the village to other tiers of local government.
This revised Plan was ratified at the Newton Solney Parish Council meeting held on 10 March 2017 and will be used to guide future initiatives and actions of the Parish Council. It is proposed to review this document every three years.
10 March 2017
To see a map detailing the Village Envelope (shown in black) and the Conservation area (shown in red with triangular markings pointing inwards) - click here. You will need to select the option - Find Places on the Map and then select Newton Solney from the drop down menu.
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Previous Village Plans
The Village Plan has been updated.