So it is time for a new one.
At the meeting on 6th July 2015 the Parish Council appointed a group of Parish Councillors to consider the matter and report back to the next Parish Council meeting, on 7th September 2015. The councillors on this group are: David Gasson, Caroline Croft, and Bill Vorley. They would be pleased to have offers of help or suggestions from anyone interested.
A village action plan should not be confused with a Neighbourhood Plan, which some villages have. Neighbourhood plans are something that came in with the Localism Act. A neighbourhood plan is essentially a land development plan and is subordinate to the local authority’s plan. So in our case – were we to have a Neighbourhood plan, it would have to be in accordance with Rother District Council’s Core Strategy planning document – but what it could do is to provide more detail and specifics about how that core strategy would be interpreted and implemented at Brightling. In our case, we don’t have a Neighbourhood Plan for Brightling, and we don’t currently have any plans to develop one. However, it might be something that we ought to look at. Developing one is a substantial undertaking and would mean a lot of work and expense. Sometimes smaller parishes get together to develop a joint Neighbourhood plans.