A Neighbourhood Plan for Wolston

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Call for Sites - February 2019

Wolston Parish Council - Neighbourhood Plan invites developers, agents, landowners and the wider public to put forward sites within the civil parish of Wolston for potential allocation for development as part of the Wolston Neighbourhood Plan. Sites, with no minimum size, are sought for potential development of both housing and / or employment. This ‘Call for Sites’ complements that carried out by Rugby Borough Council (RBC) in 2016, and is undertaken to ensure that the evidence base available to the emerging Neighbourhood Plan is fully up to date.

Note that this ‘Call for Sites’, and the responses that it may generate, seeks only to identify land that is potentially available for development, and submission of a site does not imply that the site will be proposed for allocation for development within the Neighbourhood Plan.

The 'Call for Sites' documents are available for download here.

CLOSED. Please email to ndp.wolston@yahoo.co.uk if you wish to propose a site for submission.


Business and Employment Survey - February 2019

Wolston Parish Council - Neighbourhood Plan invites business owners and managers to complete a short survey about how their business functions within Wolston, and any constraints to growth. As a business owner or manager you will be aware that businesses of all sizes are vital to our community, and the responses to this survey will help to provide the evidence needed to support the Neighbourhood Plan and help us to understand the businesses within the parish of Wolston, the reasons they are located here, what would help to make them stay in the area and what their future needs might be.

The 'Business and Employment Survey' questionnaire
is available to download here,
or you may complete it online here.

CLOSED. Please email to ndp.wolston@yahoo.co.uk if you wish to submit a questionnaire.


Volunteers Needed

Work to produce a Plan for Wolston is now well under way. Some important work has already been done – grant funding has been secured, a Housing Needs Survey commissioned, and a more wide-ranging questionnaire produced, which gives us the evidence we need to develop the Wolston Plan.

With this in mind, we are now reshaping the Steering Group so that it can play a more pro-active part in taking decisions, and ensure we are getting wider support in the village for the policies we propose to include in the Plan. We need representation of people of all ages from across the village, with different interests, skills and backgrounds so that the group will be as representative as possible.

Are you able to help ? Minimum commitment is one hour a month, to attend a Steering Group meeting at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Details of dates of forthcoming meetings and the agendas are on this page.

For more information email to: ndp.wolston@yahoo.co.uk , 'phone or text our helpline 0745 3820382, or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wolstonneighbourhoodplan   

Wolston Neighbourhood Plan - Steering Group

Background: A Neighbourhood Development Plan (Plan) is a framework developed by a community for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is about the use and development of land. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area, providing new facilities, or allocating key sites for specific kinds of development. The Plan must be led by a ‘qualifying body’, which in our case, is Wolston Parish Council.

A number of volunteers have already come forward and expressed an interest in helping to create a Plan, and as a result, the Parish Council has set up a group of volunteers to facilitate production of the Plan. This now needs to be formalised into a Steering Group made up of Parish Council representatives and people in the village with either the relevant expertise or an interest in driving the Plan forward. The Steering Group will report regularly to the Parish Council who must approve the final draft of the Plan for submission to Rugby Borough Council. They will operate in accordance with a set of rules known as the Terms of Reference (available on request).

In progressing the Plan, the Steering Group will seek to:

•   Provide a forum for discussion and debate

•   Motivate the community to be involved throughout the Plan

•   Set up sub-groups to focus on particular themes that arise through the consultation process

•   Identify ways of involving the whole community and gather the views and opinions of as many individuals, groups and organisations in the community as possible

•   Determine the types of survey and information gathering to be used.

 For more information look at the 'About the Neighbourhood Plan' page. 

Updated 6th September 2018 



Update - April 2018

We have now received the detailed final report with an analysis of all the data collected from the 582 responses submitted by residents. The three sections of the report, together with the original questionnaire should you wish to cross reference the results with the original questions, are shown on the right.

This information will be extremely valuable to the Neighbourhood Plan team, as it will form a significant part of the evidence base that we need to support the Policies within the plan,

As part of the process for development of the Neighbourhood Plan it will be necessary to undertake a Site Assessment of all sites which the Plan proposes for any form of development. Work to identify sites which it is considered should be included or excluded from this process is currently underway, and it is expected that the first draft list will be ready for submission to our planning consultant for detail review before the end of April. 


Update - January 2018

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

Survey Results

Main Report



Original Survey Questionnaires



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