Headcorn Neighbourhood Plan – Residents Survey

Please take part in our residents’ survey to help shape Headcorn’s future over the next 15 years.  The survey is easy to complete and is important for the development of our village.

Why take part?

Neighbourhood Plans help communities influence planning policies in their area, so it is important that they reflect the views of residents. Importantly, if we have a Neighbourhood Plan in place, the local community will have more say about how funding for infrastructure in Headcorn is spent.

As some of you will remember, this is the second time that Headcorn Parish Council has decided to produce a Neighbourhood Plan. The first attempt was hugely popular with residents, but, after it was submitted, significant delays in the examination process meant it was overtaken by events. Despite this, the work that went into it still delivered significant benefits. For example, the infrastructure priorities it identified led to: a decision both to expand Headcorn primary school to meet demand for places and to keep it in the heart of the village; and improvements in the sewerage system.

Headcorn’s new Neighbourhood Plan will build on this, and will cover issues such as:

  • How would we like to see Headcorn develop over the next 15 years?
  • What are our priorities for infrastructure and protecting the natural environment?
  • What improvements would we like to see in traffic management?
  • What is the demand for new housing likely to be?

Once completed the plan will become part of the framework governing planning policy in Headcorn over the next 15 years, allowing us to influence what happens in our community. So, the policies we introduce in Headcorn’s Neighbourhood Plan will have teeth. It is therefore vital that our Neighbourhood Plan reflects the views of local residents. This is where this survey comes in – your views really matter, so please fill it in!

How to take part?

Anyone, who is aged 14 or over, can take part in the survey. To take part click here

Headcorn Matters  Survey (surveymonkey.co.uk)

and start filling it in. It is very simple – you can even complete the survey on your smart phone. Then tell all your friends in Headcorn about it, so they can do it too! Responses are needed by Sunday 14th March.

COVID means that we cannot provide paper copies of the survey for people to fill in, but there will be several other opportunities to influence the Neighbourhood Plan development. However, if you want to take part in the survey, but have a problem please contact the Parish Clerk on 01622 892496.

On behalf of the Headcorn Parish Council and Residents of Headcorn, thank you! We hope that you are keeping safe in these difficult times.

Cllr Lyn Selby, Chairman of the Headcorn Parish Council