New Local Plan early engagement
Thank you to all of you who responded to our recent local plan survey. We had over 1200 responses which is fantastic and will help us to shape the new local plan for Hastings for the next 25 years. We asked you to let us know what your top three priorities for us would be to focus on out of a choice of five plus any other ideas you had.
What did you tell us?
You said the priorities for you were:
Top priority - 'Achieve and sustain a thriving economy and create new job opportunities' 454 respondents had this as their number 1 and a further 483 as either their second or third priority.
Second priority - 'Improve public health and wellbeing' 291 respondents had this as their number one with another 443 as their second or third priority.
Third priority - 'Protect and celebrate the town's natural and historic environment'. 197 respondents had this as their highest priority and a further 518 as their second or third priority.
Fourth priority - 'Deliver homes that people can access and want in well-designed neighbourhoods' 137 respondents had this as their highest priority with a further 406 as their second or third priority.
Fifth priority - 'Address climate change and meet our zero carbon ambitions' 156 respondents as this as their number one with 285 having it as their second or third priority.
All the themes will be considered as part of the new Local Plan but we will focus on those you have said are your priorities.
Others - We had 86 respondents having different ideas as their number 1 priority and a further 149 with other suggestions as their second or third priorities. We will look at these in more detail as we progress the plan. Some of these were not related to the Local Plan but will be useful for looking at how we can improve council services or may be passed on to those organisations responsible for the issues raised.
What happens next?
This early feedback is being used along with input from statutory agencies and organisations that we must consult to draw together the first draft of the new Local Plan. This first draft will go out for wider public consultation in January 2021 and will be published on the Council website and made available for further comment at that time.
In the new year we hope to run virtual workshops that you can join. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, we not currently planning to hold any physical meetings or displays as we have in the past, but our website will have all the information you need to get involved.