All the findings from the main questionnaire and schools’ questionnaire have been collated and analysed.
We’ve listed the 12 highest priority actions with the greatest levels of support, followed by the 24 key findings from the responses to the questionnaire that the people of Bingham felt most strongly about.
The full report, all the appendices and supporting data is now online.
Thank you for your questionnaires
We received 1984 completed questionnaires from the people of Bingham on paper and online. This is an amazing response and we thank you for your time.
Our next steps were to analyse the information and report on the findings. These were presented to the relevant stakeholder organisations and companies on 6th June, followed by a presentation to the people of Bingham from 7.30pm.
The presentation took place in the Methodist Hall in Bingham.
Following this meeting, the full results and a pdf version of the report were made be available to view on this website.
Why we need a Community-led plan
The Community-led Plan was referred to in the Government’s Localism Act of 2011 as an important precursor to the development of a Neighbourhood Plan.
The Community-led Plan itself is prepared by members of the community. It has no official standing and it is not drawn up by any of the statutory bodies involved in local government. The Neighbourhood Plan on the other hand, has to be drawn up by the town council (in Bingham) and if adopted has full legal standing in planning law. It is planned to raise this with the new town council after the elections in May 2015.
The value of a Community-led Plan is that it gives a voice to the people who live in Bingham about their town. In it we can say how we would like the town to be developed in the future; we can say what we like about Bingham, what we do not like about it and we can do this without any constraint, painting a picture of the sort of town that all who follow us would like to live in. Such a picture may well be aspirational – too many unrelated bodies have a say in how a town grows – but it can be used as a foundation for a Neighbourhood Plan. Indeed without it we would have difficulty defining a Neighbourhood Plan.
In the 1950s Bingham had a population of 1500. Then, during the post-war rebuilding programme the Bingham Rural District Council decided to concentrate all new housing in Bingham in order to protect the integrity of the surrounding small villages. As a result large housing estates were built around the core of old Bingham, while in the villages there was little development apart from a few small estates and as infill. The policy decided by the RDC in the 1950s has not been changed.
This has had a profound effect on Bingham. The town has grown rapidly by adding houses, but there has been little change in the infrastructure. We have had two new schools and an industrial estate, but little else. Bingham, almost alone in Rushcliffe, does not have a community hall. Apart from a single episode arising out of the Market Towns Initiative in the early 2000s the people who live here have never been asked how they would like to see the town develop. This means that there is no published vision for a future Bingham that has been accepted by the community and, therefore, there is no constraint on the ambitions of the Crown Estate, who owns the land around Bingham and the developers they commission to build the housing estates. The development of a Community-led Plan is our chance to say to these people what we will and what we will not tolerate in the future development of our town.
News & Updates
We will be keeping the website up to date with the latest developments and events.
The results are in. All the findings from the main questionnaire and Schools’ questionnaire have been collated and analysed. The full report, all the appendices and supporting data is now online.