Discover Meppershall’s Vision and Village Plan 2017 – 2027

A word from the Chairman of Meppershall Parish Council

The first Village Plan for Meppershall was written in 2008 and was a resource for villagers and planners to better understand residents’ views about their community. In 2014, the Parish Council set up The Village Plan Review Group (the Forum) to prepare another plan covering the next ten years.

The project was launched at the 2015 Summer Fair, and enabled the Forum group to devise 9 questionnaires (hover over the Survey Findings tab at the top of the page and click on any of the surveys listed to see the detailed results), each seeking the respondent’s views on a separate topic area.

The response from the residents was very encouraging; its breadth and passion showed what a vibrant and open community Meppershall is. There are many positive aspects of our village, which attract a wide range of families to live here: our open countryside and green spaces; excellent playgroup and lower school; a variety of organisations in which to become involved; a Post Office and shop, a bakery, a pub, a village hall and a social club. However, we must also recognise the downside, particularly speeding traffic, the ever-increasing traffic flow and parking problems, housing development pressure and other areas highlighted in this report.

The Group has summarised the findings from the 9 surveys in the Village Plan 2017-2027, available as a full report and a summary report.

The Parish Council is now using this Village Plan as a guide to fulfilling its duties to the community of Meppershall, as representative of its collective views, and as facilitator of community action. The Plan will form a reference point for our discussions, and will be used by the various Working Groups in informing recommendations for policy and specific responses. The full Village Plan is being circulated to Central Bedfordshire Council and all the organisations mentioned in the report.

The Parish Council will incorporate these findings in its next major task, drafting a statutory Neighbourhood Plan, which when finalised will be placed before the residents for their agreement. Once agreed, it would then have legal force in the planning process.

Peter Chapman