C: Community Facilities & Services

Planning Policy Intentions

The people of Pool want to live in a community with a healthy generation mix, where community facilities allow for a sustainable, healthy and connected life. Community facilities are seen as vital to the needs of a growing and aging population. In the initial ‘Living Survey’ of 2015/16, respondents identified a combined health services centre, educational facilities, sociable meeting places and a library as the most wanted additional facilities for the area. The Neighbourhood Plan will put in place policies both to protect existing facilities and to welcome the provision of new, both approaches in line with current LCC planning policy.

A specific desire for new retail, shop and restaurant type facilities has also been identified, with some interest apparently shown in the Pool Business Park site as a possible location. While this could be delivered through future new development in the village and would provide more local job opportunities, as well as enhancing local services, there are also concerns about access and parking and about the potential problems that could be caused by any associated takeaway facility.

POLICY INTENTION CFS1:
PROTECTION AND ENHANCEMENT OF EXISTING COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Policy will resist the loss of specified community facilities to be listed in the plan (NB list to be agreed) and encourage their enhancement.
POLICY INTENTION CFS2:
PROVISION OF NEW COMMUNITY FACILITIES
Policy will welcome and encourage otherwise acceptable development which provides for the provision of new community facilities and services.
POLICY INTENTION CFS3:
NEW RETAIL AND SERVICE PROVISION
Policy may support the provision of new retail and service facilities, subject to development requirements regarding access and car parking.

Non-Planning Actions/Projects

The community has also identified the following non-planning actions and projects that it wishes to pursue:-

• The establishment of a Parish Council Office.

• The identification and registration, with LCC, of Assets of Community Value (list to be agreed).

• The production of a Pool Village Hall Development Plan.

• The production of an Upper Pool Village Hall Development Plan.