The Parish Plan

INTRODUCTION

For over a thousand years there has been a place called Papplewick. This document is not about the past but concerns the future. Please take the time to consider the proposals we have made. The future of your parish depends upon the outcome of this Parish Plan.

The 'parish of Papplewick' occupies 715 hectares, and is situated towards the west of central Nottinghamshire, UK. The village of Papplewick is located in the west of the parish, surrounded largely by arable and dairy farmland. It is 12km north of Nottingham and 10km south of Mansfield.

In 1991, there were 620 people of all ages living in the parish (1991 census data). The 2002 Electoral Register lists 511 electors living in 253 properties although only half of these parishioners live in the village (265), the remainder being resident either on Mansfield Road (111) or Moor Road (94) with the balance occupying scattered farms and houses including cottages at Papplewick Pumping Station.

In January 2000, there were 36 businesses trading or having their registered offices in the parish. There is no shop or post office with most parishioners from the village travelling to Hucknall for their needs and people living in outlying areas travelling to Ravenshead and Arnold. The 'Griffins Head' public house occupies a prominent position both physically at the village crossroads and in terms of the social opportunities it provides. The village has a thriving church (St. James) with the Parish Priest living at the rectory in Linby. Papplewick Village Hall, jointly run with the adjoining parish of Linby, was rebuilt in 1996.

From these basic details, it will be appreciated that Papplewick is a diverse place with its inhabitants representing a broad cross-section of economic and social backgrounds. The Parish Council recognises that it has a duty to represent all the people within its administrative area regardless of where they live and this obligation raises challenges unique to this parish. The Parish Council also appreciates the need to be responsive to changes at local, regional and national level if it is to effectively deliver the services it is empowered to provide. Until now, the Council recognises that it has acted without an overall strategy, often on a piecemeal basis. This Parish Plan represents the first step away from such an incremental approach and towards a more coherent strategy, closely aligned with the aspirations of its parishioners.

In May 2000, the Countryside Agency launched its 'Vital Villages' initiative with the aim of helping small rural communities to take stock of their parish and decide upon what action could be taken to revitalise them. This programme came into being because there was recognition that rural communities were increasingly faced with a loss of essential services, lack of appropriate housing and was generally disadvantaged in relation to urban dwellers. Papplewick Parish Council recognises that many of these problems either face this parish now or could do so within the near future, and as a result decided to take action under the 'Vital Villages' initiative to address these areas of concern.

The Parish Plan is important to the people who live and work in this parish. It advances ideas about how parishioners wish to see it developed over the next decade and beyond.

We believe that this Plan is realistic and achievable. It builds on the many benefits this parish has to offer as a place to live, improves services, enhances the environment and conserves those particular aspects of parish life which we value most. It guides both the Parish Council and external agencies in their mid and long term investment decisions.

This Parish Plan has taken account of higher order plans and guidance: planning guidance from Central Government, Regional Planning Guidance, the County Council's Structure Plan Review (1996), the Greenwood Community Forest 'Strategic Plan for Greenwood,' the Deposit Draft of Gedling Borough Council and Ashfield District Council's Local Plans. However, the Parish Council firmly believes that where the majority view of parishioners is at variance with certain policies in these other plans which will adversely affect the amenity and special character of this parish, it should be the conviction of local people that prevails.

In 1998, the Parish Council undertook, with assistance from the Nottinghamshire Rural Community Council, an Appraisal of the parish to help us plan for the future. 66% of households responded. The results from that Appraisal form the basis of this Plan and the Plan has allowed us to expand on the raw data collected four years ago.

In common with the Appraisal, the Parish Council has sought to include in the Parish Plan consultation process as many people living and working here as possible. To this end, a wide-ranging consultation exercise was undertaken with proposals sent to every household, business and organisation in the parish. In addition, public meetings were held on 9th October 2002 and 22nd January 2003. This Plan represents the outcome of those consultations and seeks to fairly embody the aspirations of all parishioners.

It is intended that the Plan will last for a period of ten years, although the Council may review it after five years.

Issued by Papplewick Parish Council  (February 2003)

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