Thank you to all those residents that came to the Community Up-date meeting on Saturday, 30th November and to those that provided feedback.
We aim to answer the questions raised, where possible, over the next few weeks and will make the responses available via the website and noticeboards.
In response to residents who felt that there was not enough time for their views to be heard
at that session, the Parish Council will be holding a further Community meeting on:
TUESDAY, 21ST JANUARY AT STEEP VILLAGE HALL AT 7.30 P.M.
We look forward to continuing this important discussion at that meeting.
Following adoption of the South Downs Local Plan incorporating the Church Road site within the settlement boundary of the village with the potential for between 8 and 12 houses, a legal challenge has been lodged in the High Court by a local resident. Although initially dismissed by the High Court, the applicant has sought a review, and a hearing is to be held on 19th November - we will keep residents informed of the outcome of this action.
However, Steep Parish Council is aware of anxiety being expressed by some residents about the future of the land. As we have said publicly since the original proposal was made by the SDNPA, Steep Parish Council unanimously supports the reclassification of the land. Such a change will have the possibility of satisfying two of the key community priorities identified in the formally adopted 2012 Parish Plan: - A modest increase in the affordable housing stock aimed principally at the elderly and young families with local connections - A more effective centre for Steep around the Village Hall.
Current ideas being tested also hold out the prospect of a financial dividend to be reinvested in the Steep community; a basis for securing the long-term future of the Village Hall; an increase in the amount of publicly accessible open space in the village; and a more respectful siting for the War Memorial. Bringing these ideas to fruition will take time and will need to include a number of opportunities for community involvement.
To start this discussion, Steep Parish Council will be holding a Community Update session on Saturday 30 November, 2019 in the Village Hall at 11.00 a.m. This will provide an opportunity to remind everyone of the complex history of this site and the responsibilities of the land-owners (Steep in Need and Steep War Memorial Village Club). More importantly, it will enable us to explore the possibility of significant gains to be made by coming together as a community in influencing the future of this important site in the heart of Steep.
Any questions to Jenny Hollington, Steep Parish Clerk
Steep Parish Council meet every month, usually at the Village Hall, for a full meeting. The agenda is posted on the village noticeboards in Steep and Steep Marsh as well as on this website. Our elected representatives from East Hampshire District Council and Hampshire County Council are usually present every other month.
Parishioners and members of the public are welcome to attend all meetings and one agenda item allows for 'public comment'.
The next full meeting of the Parish Council will be held on Monday 13th January 2020 at 7.30pm in the Steep Village Hall. The agenda is available and can be viewed here.
Future meeting dates can be viewed here
There are also separate planning committee meetings held as needed to discuss planning applications.
The next meeting of the Planning Committee will be held on Monday 13th January 2020 at 7.00pm the Steep Village Hall. The agenda is available and can be viewed here.
The minutes of Parish Council meetings and Planning Committee meetings are available on the Meeting minutes page of this website.These are in draft form until formally approved.
Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records of Steep Parish Council for the financial year 2018/2019. The Internal Audit has been completed. For details as to how to view these records please read the notice here. The relevant documents are available on the Transparency Code page of this website.