The Beech Village design statement has served the village well and is a document much respected by the EHDC Planning Policy Group.
However since the Localism Act 2011 the design statement has no legal standing and its policies need to be incorporated into a Neighbourhood Plan. With that in mind the Parish Council has enabled a working group to create a Neighbourhood Plan.
Accordingly our task primarily is to replacement the Village Design Guidelines with NP Policies. However these are restricted by the Localism Act and we need some solid advise as to just how to do that. We are on the case.
In addition we can "influence" any building within the Parish Settlement Area, but outside the "Settlement Area" Rural Planning Policy applies. We can influence the the shape of the settlement area and areas classified as under the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assesment ..... we will be asking the villagers on their thoughts on this.
To round of the NP can try to "influence" planners by painting a great picture of Beech in terms of its history, the Current Community Make Up, the Amenities Beech offers, the employment profile of the villagers, and lastly how the developement in surrounding Neighbourhood and towns impacts Beech.
Finally we can comment on what Beech Parishers feel the transport, education and health needs of the locally are, However those are matters addressed by EHDC and Hampshire County Council and are subject to seperate policies, These matters are under regular review and the best way to influence those is pressurise you local councillors.