Research & Evidence
The Neighbourhood Plan provides an opportunity for a ‘community audit' (see map) of neighbourhood facilities, to identify gaps in provision and develop proposals for improvement. The 2015 Household Survey Report identified several needs:
improved shopping facilities, i.e. pharmacy
more leisure facilities for young & elderly
increased capacity at the primary school
Population Facts (2011 Census)
Beach Primary School Capacity: 210
Primary school age children: 330 (increasing)
Total children under sixteen: 770 (increasing)
Residents aged 65+ 739
Total beach residents (in 2011): 4,524
A big thank you to all those who have taken part in our subsequent workshops and surveys. The 2016 Workshop Report and 2017 Youth Survey provide valuable insight into school spaces, green spaces and leisure activities, including the future of the AOAC. Charts and comments are colour-coded by sentiment and maps show where respondents live in relation to the issues they were voting on.
The 2016 workshop was launched at the SBNF Have Your Say day in February 2016 and was available online for two months. Paper copies were also available at the SBRA AGM. We received 60 responses from residents aged between 25 and 65+ who provided a vast amount of useful feedback. which is now being put to good use in the development of draft policies, a master plan for Beach Green and planning brief for the main gateway to the local beach nature reserve.
Feedback about the first draft of policies and objectives has been overwhelmingly positive and constructive. Independent research by AECOM also resulted in some innovative proposals for sheltered housing and increased school capacity. These options have been incorporated into the supplementary, aspirational section of the latest draft of the Plan. Some of the other policies have been incorporated into other sections of the Plan. We are now gathering photographic evidence for the Plan - submit your images and vote for your favourites.
In this section
(Revision 3, Dec 2017)
The Plan will improve residents’ quality of life by strengthening community hubs, conserving the neighbourhood’s historic assets, and meeting the leisure needs of both the resident population and visitors, by enhancing and creating places (buildings and public spaces) where people of all ages can meet and socialise.
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Revision 1 Posters at Have Your Say Day (Oct 2016):
Posters at Previous Have Your Say Days