The Steering Group was made up of volunteers who have lived in Datchet for many years and own homes, or have owned homes, here. It was chaired by Alison Crampin (Chair, Datchet Village Society) and included, in alphabetical order, David Buckley (Chair of Datchet Parish Council, leader of the Borough First party), Marjorie Clasper (Secretary, Datchet Village Society), Fiona Cryle (previous chair and former Parish Councillor, member of Datchet Village Society), Janet Kennish (consultant and local historian, President of Datchet Village Society), Ewan Larcombe (Parish and Borough Councillor, leader of National Flood Prevention Party), Jane Simpson (secretary and Datchet Village Society member), and Jo Stickland (treasurer, former Parish Councillor and former chair of Datchet Parish Council). The team recognised that, at times, additional specialist support would be needed, particularly for advice on planning policy, and employed the services of an independent planning consultant. The group had the support of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and Datchet Parish Councils but the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan is community-led; its content was guided by your feedback.
Steering Group meetings usually took place in the Parish Council Offices in Allen Way on the second Wednesday of every month. Anyone could come along to ask questions or offer ideas. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these meetings were held by Zoom (video conferencing).
A copy of the DNP constitution is available on request.
What does a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group do?
Here are some of the tasks the Steering Group may be expected to undertake as the plan progresses:
- Act as a focal point for the Neighbourhood Plan for people living or working in the Neighbourhood Plan Area (ie Parish of Datchet);
- Prepare and agree a plan for delivering the project;
- Identify ways of involving the whole village;
- Gather the views and opinions of as many individuals, groups and organisations in the community as possible in order to meet the requirements for consultation and engagement;
- Motivate the whole community to get involved;
- Provide a forum for discussion and debate;
- Determine the types of survey and information (evidence) gathering to be used;
- Prioritise actions, using the findings from the consultation process and information from other sources;
- Engage with key stakeholders and liaise with any appointed consultants;
- Draft and undertake consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan having regard to the legislative requirements and national guidance;
- Work with the Borough Council to ensure the Neighbourhood Plan conforms with the strategic policies of the Borough Local Plan;
- Undertake and produce supporting material such as reports and assessments;
- Report back to the borough and parish councils throughout the process.