Do you think we have any places or spaces in our community that are important to local people?
Assets of community value (ACVs) can only be nominated if they are of interest socially (such as for sport, culture or recreational uses) or increase the wellbeing of the community now and into the future.
A community group (such as society, parish council, Neighbourhood forum, not for profit organisation or a group of at least 21 individuals) that is locally connected to the area can nominate an asset to the local authority.
If an asset is listed, then it comes up for sale, the community has the opportunity to bid for it. The community will have up to six months to raise the funds, at the end of the period, the owner may sell it to whoever and at whatever price they choose.
There are case studies on the internet (www.locality.org.uk/our-work/assets/case-studies) and you may well have read of saving local shops/pubs etc. in the national press.
So - is there an asset you would wish to retain in the village?
Please send your suggestions to the parish office.
Brentwood Borough Council has a Housing Strategy- based on government policy.
Within it lies a quota for ‘affordable housing’ of developments of over 11 housing units, of 35%.
The government definition is “social rented, affordable rented and intermediate housing, provided to eligible households whose needs are not met by the market. Eligibility is determined with regard to local incomes and local house prices. Affordable housing should include provisions to remain at an affordable price for future eligible households or for subsidy to be recycled for alternative affordable housing provision.
There is a development site in the Local Development Plan, adjacent to the Ingatestone by-pass, part bounded by Roman Road, for some 40 units to be built. The parish council has expressed an interest in being involved at all stages with this site, and will be keen to see the 35% achieved, if not increased. We believe communities have the power to influence change.
We want to see any developments in the parish are designed to meet local needs. If you wish to help with this process and particularly have skills in this area, we would welcome your participation.