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Wolston Neighbourhood Plan - January 2018 Update

Your response to the Neighbourhood Plan survey form was very encouraging and hugely
appreciated, with 582 completed forms returned.


Once we receive the detailed analysis of the survey results, this information will be used as a huge part of the evidence that we need to support the Plan - the results of the survey will be published in due course. And please remember, if you want to contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan – and we encourage you to do so - the public Steering Group meetings, which are normally no longer than an hour, are held at St Margaret’s church rooms at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of every month. All residents are invited to attend and dates and agendas of forthcoming meetings and minutes of recent meetings are published here. We plan to continue our public engagement with a series of community meetings throughout the year and with an online survey targeted solely at local businesses, which is planned for April.

After a short break at Christmas, work on our Neighbourhood Plan restarted in 2018 with a review of progress so far. The Project Timetable, published here has now been updated to reflect current activities, and shows a target of November 2018 for the ‘Submission’ version of the Plan to be lodged with Rugby Borough Council.

Behind the scenes our work continues with small teams working at developing policies and supporting evidence in the four key areas - Housing, Environment, Economy and Employment, and Infrastructure - with professional support provided by a planning consultant who has a wealth of experience of supporting Neighbourhood Planning teams like ours throughout Warwickshire. Extra help for each of these dedicated teams is sought and always very welcome, so if you have an interest or just an opinion in how Wolston should evolve in the future, we would love to hear from you – see the contact details at the foot of this page.

Remember, that although our Neighbourhood Plan cannot contradict the policies in the RBC Local Plan, it can shape the Local Plan via the addition of detail that is pertinent to Wolston. When ‘Made’, our Neighbourhood Plan becomes part of and carries as much weight as the RBC Local Plan itself. It was this belief in our right of the ability of residents to influence any proposals for development in Wolston that led us to develop our slogan

“Our Wolston – Our Choice”.

Updated 20th January 2018










Wolston Neighbourhood Plan Survey
Supporting Documents

Although the survey has now concluded and our collection rounds are complete these documents remain available for download:

Letter to Residents

Map of Neighbourhood Area

Survey Form - for households

Survey Form - for businesses


A Neighbourhood Plan for Wolston  - Background

On 16th November 2015, following an application by Wolston Parish Council, Rugby Borough Council formally declared that the Civil Parish of Wolston was designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of Neighbourhood Planning, and that Wolston Parish Council were the Qualifying Body. Look here for a copy of the formal designation, and initial responses received from statutory consultees.

To enable work on the plan to proceed Wolston Parish Council appointed a formal Working Group to lead the research and development work necessary to take the plan forward and make regular progress reports back to the Parish Council, as the Qualifying Body for the Plan.

The formal Neighbourhood Plan Working Group consists of two groups, a Co-ordination Group to be responsible for development of policy and strategy and overall leadership and management of the Neighbourhood Plan, and a Steering Group for public liaison and interface and community endorsement of policy and strategic decisions taken by the Co-ordination Group.

Within this overall structure individual small Working Groups have been established to focus on specific areas of research and policy development - these are: Economy and Employment, Housing, Environment and Infrastructure. The Neighbourhood Plan is further supported by other volunteer team leaders who provide suppport for all areas relating to Finance, Secretariat and Communications and Engagement.

One of the first objectives of this team was to decide on a logo and text to appear on all NDP communications, and for this an image of the Millennium Millstone was chosen, surrounded by the words ''Our Wolston - Our Choice' . This is intended to reflect the past we all share and the future that as a community we aspire to achieve through our Neighbourhood Plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan for Wolston - The Way Forward

The Wolston Neighbourhood Plan will enable us to shape how our community develops in the future. Our Plan, when adopted, will be a binding part of the Rugby BC Local Plan, valid for the Local Plan period to 2031. The Neighbourhood Plan will enable us to identify and protect important local green spaces, choose (not be told !) where any new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built, influence what any new buildings should look like, identify shared aspirations for the future of Wolston and develop a common vision for our neighbourhood. To help understand this more an initial Mood Card was circulated to all houses in Wolston during early 2016, the responses to which (see the link in the box to the right) helped the NDP team understand some of the key issues facing our community.

A recently completed major task is a Housing Needs Survey, for which questionnaires were distributed to all housholds in Wolston at the end of March 2017. Links to the survey form and the report showing the analysis of the responses are available in the box on the right.

The Housing Needs Survey will be followed later in the year by more comprehensive surveys which address all aspects of the Neighbourhood Plan and will assist us to gather the evidence needed to support development of the policies which will form the core of the plan and which, when approved, will guide all planning decisions made by RBC for the parish of Wolston.

Professional support: Work to select a specialist contractor to provide the technical guidance and support that the Wolston NDP team will need in the future is now complete. Following a bidding round the NDP Working Group proposal for nomination of Avon Planning Services has been endorsed by Wolston Parish Council, and the contractor will be appointed in the near future on the basis of an agreed project workplan and timetable. This work will be funded by an external grant available from Locality.org, which administers the awards of NDP grants on behalf of central Government. Work to complete the application for the grant is now underway, and it is hoped that the first tranche of grant funding will be available shortly. This money will be held by Wolston Parish Council, as the Qualifing Body, on behalf of the Wolston Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, and normal Parish Council protocols regarding administration of the funds will apply.

The Constitution and Terms of Reference for the Wolston NDP Working Group were formally agreed by Wolston Parish Council on 6th July 2017. 

The Wolston Neighbourhood Plan team had two sucessful stalls at the Wolston and Brandon 'Garden Walkabout' on 9th July 2017 - you can read about that, and a synopsis of the feedback from the Mood Cards, on this page  (opens in a new window)

Updated 8th December 2017


Wolston Neighbourhood Plan
Progress Highlights

Wolston Neighbourhood Plan Area
RBC Decision Statement and supporting documents

Mood Card (2016)
Survey form

Synopsis of responses

Housing Needs Survey
Initial Flyer

Survey Form


Village flyer about the Neighbourhood Plan
It's time to have your say !

The RBC Local Plan, which the Wolston Neighbourhood Plan must not conflict with, has now been endorsed by the Borough Council and submitted for examination. Read more .. 

Housing Needs Survey 2017
The report of the detailed analysis of the responses received to the recent Housing Needs Survey is now available.  Look here for more information and to download a copy of the report.

NDP Constitution and Terms of Reference
The Constitution and ToR for the Wolston NDP Working Group, proposed by the NDP Coordination Group and endorsed by the NDP Steering Group, was formally endorsed by Wolston Parish Council on 6th July.

NDP Project Workplan and Timetable
The Wolston NDP Working Group have agreed a project workplan and timetable for development of our Neighbourhood Plan.

Mood Card (2017 Garden Walkabout)
Survey Form
Synopsis of Responses


Any questions ? Look at our FAQ page

Updated 20th January 2018




Wolston Neighbourhood Plan - Team Structure

Co-ordination Group


  Jock Rainey

Project Management / Deputy Chair 

  Tim Willis


  Gillian Waddilove


  Bob Grainger

Finance and Processes 

  Tracie Ball


  Jessica Ramsay


  Dave Smith

   Clare Malyon

Working Group Team Leaders


  Bob Grainger


  Dave Smith


  Clare Malyon

Economy and Employment 

  Clare Malyon


  Jessica Ramsay

The overall structure of the Wolston NDP Working Group is shown here.


                                       Steering Group

The public facing Steering Group normally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm in St. Margaret's Church Rooms and all are welcome to attend. Meetings will be advertised on notice boards, on this website, in the 'Avon Grapevine' and on the village Facebook page

Minutes of previous meetings are here, and a list of and links to resource material for those working on the Neighbourhood Plan, and for others who just have an interest to 'see what it's all about', is here.

Our email address: ndp.wolston@yahoo.co.uk

For admin and general information and to volunteer your help
please call Gillian on 024 7654 4255

For technical queries about Neighbourhood Planning
please call Bob on 024 7654 4015