ACT (Abram ward Communities Together)

Neighbourhood Plan

ACT (Abram ward Communities Together) have developed a vision to guide the overall strategy of a neighbourhood plan.

All planing applications should demonstrate how they have addressed the vision as well as the objectives and policies that have developed from it.

The vision states:

Abram Ward aims to be an accessible, inclusive sustainable and innovative community.

Public open space and all community services and facilities are to be sustained.

New development should be designed to enhance and preserve the character and history of Abram Ward as a place in itself providing benefit not only to new residents but also to the existing community.

In order for a vision to implemented and effective it must be broken down further into key objectives, all seeking to achieve the fulfilment of its different aspects.

ACT has arrived at six objectives through consultation and engagement.

Each ACT policy must contribute to at least one of the key objectives, as follows:

Objective 1: Connectivity...

The neighborhood plan should aim to improve existing highways and infrastructure including the introduction of well thought through and sensitive highways design to reduce traffic speeds in the ward.

Public transport needs to meet the demands of the community residents.

Access between the five villages of the ward needs to be improved through enhancing cycle and pedestrian routes.

Objective 2: Community Services...

Whilst health and education services are currently strong across the ward with the provision of a first class health center and good outstanding primary schools throughout, the ward suffers in that it’s separate village communities don’t all access the same provision due to poor connectivity and parochialism.

There is also no secondary school provision in the ward.

This makes the connectivity objective stronger as well as the need to ensure improved access to services can be provided.

Objective 3: Community Assets...

The Ward consists of a number and variety of community assets but the positioning and access to these are not always easy.

The plan should preserve existing community assets whilst supporting the creation of new accessible facilities in desired locations with the aim of strengthening and supporting community cohesion.

Objective 4: High-Quality Residential Development...

New development within the area should be minimal in scale in order for existing infrastructure and services to cope and to ensure the distinct villages in the ward to remain distinct and village like.

High-quality design that responds to its landscape setting and vision of this plan to raise aspirations of its residents is paramount in ensuring new dwellings contribute and enhance the character and identity of the ward, as well as ensure the housing stock meets the needs of its community rather than be inadequate and create a transient community.

Objective 5: Public Open Spaces...

The retention of existing green space, woodland, and wetlands are vital and efforts should be made to protect and enhance these assets.

These are at the heart of each village within the ward and through improved access and investment can become a real asset locally.

Objective 6: Sustainable Economic Development...

New development should protect and encourage economic activity to meet local needs.

Meanwhile reducing the need to travel by encouraging people to live and work within the ward through the development of outward looking and well designed mixed use schemes which promote shops and employment.