Neighbourhood Plan LogoKey Issues for the Future of Stradbroke

David Spenser presented his research findings to a small by highly interested audience on what residents felt about the Stradbroke and it's future. This was based on discussions with a cross representation of Stradbroke residents which were asked to raise the issues which the Neighbourhood plan should address. The presentation was stimulating and although there were no surprises in the final conclusions it was surprising how the same issues were expressed by all the groups that took part.  David pointed out that this was a qualitative study and the Neighbourhood Plan team will be carrying out a more indepth quantitative questionnaire of all residents probably towards the end of this year. Nevertheless this consistency in findings from all groups makes his recommendations highly credible and gives a sound basis for developing the Stradbroke Neighbourhood Plan.

David summarised the discussions he had with residents as follows:

  • People think that Stradbroke is a strong, well-integrated community.
  • They think of Stradbroke as a village... and they want to keep it as such.
  • The area has excellent amenities and facilities that should be supported and protected in future planning.
  • Stradbroke is a friendly, welcoming place with lots going on.
  • There is wide acceptance of the need for growth and development... but how, where and at what pace are the key issues
  • They believe the village's current character should be protected.
  • Whilst Stradbroke is not perfect, most people are very happy and proud to live here.

David then defined what he considered were the key issues facing the village both now and into the future and Oliver Last showed how these issues were translated into 7 workstreams which will be the basis for developing the policy statements for the Neighbourhood Plan. These work streams are:

1. Amenities (Shops, Clubs & Organisations for all ages)

2. Business and Employment (Job Creation, New Businesses, Support for Communities)

3. Digital Connectivity (Broadband, Mobile Communications)

4. Education (Schools, Pre-School, Further Education, Adult Education)

5. Heritage & The Environment (Conservations area, Character, Protection)

6. Housing Development (New Developments, Village Character, Trees and Green Spaces)

7. Traffic & Transport (Public Transport, Taxis, Parking, Speeding)

The full presentation can be found on the Neighbourhood Planning page