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Hartford Neighbourhood Plan Working Group questionnaire enjoys successful response
RESIDENTS have had their say on the future of Hartford in a questionnaire delivered to every home in the village by the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group.
The NPWG received more than 725 responses along with further feedback from separate forms sent to shops, businesses and the 10 schools in the village, which aimed to gather the view of all sections of the community including those of young people.
Parish councillor Rita Hollens was thankful to the large amount of residents who responded and had their say on what the future of the village holds in the next 15 to 20 years.
“The high level of response, over a 30 per cent return, is very much appreciated by the Group,” she said.
“It represents the opinions of a very high proportion of residents that will form the background to the draft Neighbourhood Plan which is in the process of being formulated.”
Residents valued Hartford’s character, its heritage, village feel and nearby areas of open space such as the Weaver Valley and Marshall’s Arm – which were among many features in the community marked as important.
However, particular concerns among residents were issues with parking and traffic congestion in the village.
“The data from the questionnaires has provided some valuable evidence that can be included in Hartford’s draft Neighbourhood Plan,” clr Hollens added.
“There has been a steady increase in the development of Hartford over the years and many residents were concerned that too much further development would affect the sustainability of the village for future generations.
“Preferences would be smaller developments and the use of brown field sites.”
With the 2011 census detailing the age of residents in Hartford was typically higher than the average for the population as a whole, responses re-enforced any proposed development accommodation for older residents should be considered along with other groups identified by the community.
A full report on the results of the questionnaire can be found in a four page pull-out in the September issue of Hartford News and at hartfordparishcouncil.org.uk
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