The Parish Plan
Ferry between Symonds Yat East and West
Parish Plans arose from the Government’s White Paper on Rural development which encouraged communities to influence the development of their surroundings; they are designed to be evolving documents which outline how a community would like to develop over the next ten years. Hundreds of Parish Plans have already been completed which have enabled better development in rural communities.
The Whitchurch & Ganarew Parish Plan is a summary of the views and aspirations of those who responded, enabling us to identify how local people would like the Parish to develop over the coming years. It highlights what people find good about the Parish as well as what irks and what is important if the Parish is to flourish.
It was eight years since the previous plan and both people and issues had changed.
How was it done?
In the winter of 2012 at a community meeting the process of Parish planning was outlined and a Steering Group was formed from volunteers. Funding for the Parish Plan came from Herefordshire Council, the Parish Council and fund raising events. In the summer of 2013 we held a weekend of Planning for Real (PfR) events to enable opinions to be canvassed. A comprehensive questionnaire was developed, based on the information gathered there. The questionnaire contained:
The Parish Plan took 18 months to develop and reflects the concerns of residents and their ideas for the future development of our community. The Action Plan should be seen as a joint enterprise between:
The Parish Plan is available as a PDF document and can be viewed or downloaded here.
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