Issues which have been identified include:
- Recent rapid expansion of housing and population (30%)
- Sewage and drainage systems over-loaded in wet periods
- Limited shop space in town centre
- Increasing pressure on public services (schools etc.)
- Increasing traffic congestion and parking issues due to growth and the historic nature of the town centre
- Few social facilities for younger people
- Very limited public open spaces
How will a Neighbourhood Plan address these?
The core of the Neighbourhood Plan is about land use and planning policies and will help to ensure that future development in and around Fairford is ‘sustainable’. This means that the community will have greater say in where new development takes place, and ensure that our infrastructure (e.g. drainage, roads, healthcare, education) can cope with future development and adequate community facilities are in place. We will:
- Support Fairford’s existing retail outlets and help to attract new shops and services to the town
- Develop initiatives to improve Fairford’s recreational facilities e.g. by working with existing clubs and societies, improving footpaths, green spaces etc.
- Work with regional and local organisations to help to maintain Fairford’s unique character for both existing and new residents and for visitors
To meet these aims, the Neighbourhood Plan will involve ongoing discussions with local people as well as with statutory authorities etc. Some solutions will require long lead times to secure the funding and development e.g. sewerage, roads, so it is essential the needs must be identified as soon as possible and be incorporated into a medium/long-term plan.