Lowick Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire
The answers to this questionnaire will help us design the final plan to be put to a referendum
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Our Vision Statement
By 2033, Lowick will be a Parish with a balanced, sustainable community and a mix of people of all ages. Local facilities and services will be maintained and enhanced. Local character and heritage will be the inspiration for new development which will be well integrated into the village. Lowick and the wider parish will be an even more attractive place to work, live and visit.
Do you agree with our suggested vision statement?
Would you add anything to our vision statement?
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OBJECTIVES
Objective 1: Community Facilities
We will protect our most highly valued community facilities and encourage the provision of new community facilities to increase the sustainability of Lowick

Objective 2: Natural Environment, Biodiversity and Landscape
Lowick will grow in such a way that respects the special landscapes around it, incorporates bio-diversity into new development and respects the special qualities of the area.

Objective 3: Accessibility
To make the Neighbourhood Area more accessible to all, we will work to improve access to public transport, improve cycle ways and public rights of way, and make Lowick a safer place to walk and cycle. We will also seek to improve the provision of better mobile telephone communications, and to maintain and improve broadband speeds from all providers.

Objective 4: Housing
To ensure we have a truly sustainable community we will seek to ensure there is enough housing to meet the needs of all sectors of our community, particularly young families and first-time buyers.

Objective 5: The Local Economy
Provide opportunities for and support a more vibrant and diverse local economy including tourism in Lowick village and surrounding areas

Objective 6: Local Heritage, Character and Design
Preserve and enhance the character of the village of Lowick and identify local buildings which are of special local interest. Identify a historic core for the village and ensure that new development in that area reinforces local character. Supporting and encourage new building which promotes good design standards and shows originality if required.
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Community Facilities
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Accessibility
Housing
The Local Economy
Local Heritage, Character and Design
Objectives: Would you add to or change these objectives?
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POLICIES
Record your ideas about Policies and Community Actions Below
Policy L1 Community Facilities
To protect local community facilities and registered Assets of Community Value from loss to other uses, and to support the further provision of new community and recreational facilities
Do you think we should have a policy on this?
What do you think are the most important community facilities in Lowick that we should retain?
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What new facilities should Lowick have?
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Policy L2: Local Green Spaces

We will designate land as ‘Local Green Space’ which will be given the highest level of protection. Development on these sites will not allowed except in very special circumstances unless it is related to the enhancement or enjoyment of that Local Green Space.
Do you agree we should have a policy to designate Local Green Spaces in the village
Which green spaces do you most value in Lowick, and why?
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Community Actions
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CA1 We will identify and register assets of community value with Northumberland County Council
CA2 Provide or encourage better public information services about community facilities, local needs and local services, and support initiatives such as Lowick in Bloom.
CA3 We will identify sites for new green space, in partnership with owners, and work to promote local groups who might wish to use them.
CA4 We will work closely with the school, the village hall, and the church to improve facilities and links with the local community.
Community Actions: What would you add or change?
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Policy L3: Development within the settlement boundary for Lowick
Define a settlement boundary for the village and focus new housing development within the settlement boundary. Outside the settlement boundary new open market housing would not be permitted.
Do you agree with this policy?
Do you agree with the proposed settlement boundary shown on the plans?
Any comments to add?
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Policy L4: Biodiversity and Development
This policy would ensure that new development incorporates biodiversity and landscaping into the scheme wherever possible and incorporates measures to reduce the impact of lighting of the development on biodiversity and on the nearby Dark Sky Park.
Do you agree with this policy?
Your comments
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CA5: Identify areas of special interest, based on local research and knowledge.
CA6: Produce documentary evidence for education and leisure of the diverse flora, fauna, and habitats in the parish.
Comments?
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Policy L5: Accessibility
New development must ensure it is well integrated within the village by incorporating high quality and safe pedestrian routes and cycle ways within the development to reduce the need to travel short distances by car.
Do you agree with this policy?
Any Comments?
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Policy L6: Walking route between Lowick and the Community Orchard
This policy would support the provision of a safe walking route between Lowick and the Community Orchard and other community facilities
Do you agree with this policy?
Comments to add?
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Policy L7: Broadband and Telecommunications
This policy would support telecommunications infrastructure to improve coverage in the Neighbourhood Area and ensure that new development provides broadband infrastructure
Do you agree with this policy?
Your comments
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CA7: preserve and improve public transport services and liaise with NCC Highways to reduce speeds through the village and traffic calming
CA8: Work with landowners to improve walking routes between the village and the Community Orchard
CA9: Monitor and report on public footpaths, and seek to add to available paths where possible – most notably, a circular route parish path round the perimeter
CA10: Monitor and work to preserve the current status and condition of the Church Lane – Dryburn Lane B.O.A.T., known locally as “The Backsides”
Accessibility: What would you add or change?
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Policy L8: Housing site allocations
Define sites for new housing and ensure these sites deliver an appropriate amount of affordable housing and a healthy type and mix of housing based on housing needs in our area.
Do you agree with this policy?
Your comments
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Where should we propose new housing in the village? A site has been identified at the west end of the village, which could also include rented affordable accommodation. You could comment on this location.
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What kind of new housing do we need most in Lowick?
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Policy L9: New housing within the settlement boundary
Support new housing within the settlement boundary of Lowick providing it complies with certain criteria.
Do you agree with this policy?
Any Comments?
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What do you think these criteria should be?
It has been suggested that the sale of new homes for second/holiday homes should be prevented.Would you agree with such a policy?
Any Comments?
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Community Actions
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CA11: We will work with CAN (Community Action Northumberland) to develop an appropriate method of assessing and encouraging community housing needs.
CA12: We will continue to work with landowners on planning for housing development
Comments
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Policy L10: Local employment
Promote more small-¬scale employment enterprise, including home-working in the village and allocate land for employment use if available.
Do you agree with this policy?
Any comments?
Your answer
Policy L11: Rural enterprise
Support rural enterprise, farm diversification and rural businesses, including businesses based around heritage and tourism, and identify specific sites (e.g., Barmoor Castle)
Do you agree with this policy?
Comments
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Policy L12: Non-designated heritage assets
Identify buildings that are of local historic interest and have a policy to ensure their protection and enhancement
Do you agree with this policy?
Any Comments?
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Policy L13: Lowick’s Historic Core
Identify a ‘historic core’ for Lowick and support development which enhances and retains its special character.
Do you agree with this policy?
Any Comments?
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Policy L14: Sustainable and innovative design
Policy to support innovative, sustainable design, and design that introduces interesting new character to the village.
Do you agree with this policy?
Comments?
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Policy L15: Conversion of buildings
Support the conversion of redundant buildings to residential or other uses
Do you agree with this policy?
Comments
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Community Actions
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CA13: Work with owners at Barmoor Castle to improve the building, and potential for visitors to access the Castle
CA14: Adopt a buildings style-guide for Lowick based on local vernacular architecture and features which encourages imaginative and effective re-use of agricultural buildings
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