Hungerford 2036 – Shaping our Future: April 2019 update

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Please find below updates from the Hungerford 2036 Project Team, which is leading the development of Hungerford’s Neighbourhood Development Plan. Each update has been added to the previous one with the most recent at the top.

The map above shows the parish of Hungerford which is also the area covered by the Hungerford 2036 NDP. Click on the map to enlarge it (this will open in a new tab).

More information on NDPs generally – including some of the background to Hungerford’s decision to proceed with one – can be found by clicking here. This also includes a number of links to other articles on the subject.

If you have any questions about the NDP, please visit the Hungerford 2036 website.


Update 2 April 2019

Thanks to all of you who attended the Annual Town Meeting on 20 March and visited our H2036 Neighbourhood Plan team which had a display there. If you missed that there will be further opportunities soon.

If you would like to feedback online the team would be very pleased to receive your comments on its draft Aims and Objectives via its website.

Update 15 Feb 2019

The aims and objectives (see section below) have now been published and can be seen here.

Update 4 Feb 2019

The aims and objectives of the NDP have now been finalised and will be published soon. The next stage, which will take place, will be consultations with the public and a series of events in various locations around the town will take place over the next few months – details to follow. There will also be an opportunity to meet the project team at the town meeting on Wednesday 20 March.

Update 7 Jan 2019

It was reported at the Hungerford Town Council meeting that some draft aims and objectives had been agreed and would shortly be circulated to the Council for its approval. Thereafter these would be discussed with other organisations in the town.

Update 3 Dec 2018

The Hungerford 2036 Project Team has been analysing the 556 responses to the survey which took place in July. An important part of the analysis has been reviewing more than 2,400 written comments accompanying the survey questions. These comments in particular have provided invaluable insights into the current concerns and priorities of Hungerford residents. You can see the survey summary by clicking here.

Using the July survey, information gathered for the 2013 Town Plan refresh and other sources such as the data from the last census for our area, the Project Team is now creating a draft set of aims and objectives for the Hungerford Neighbourhood Plan to fulfil as well as an overall plan vision.

The Team’s next task is to consult widely in order to verify and refine the draft vision, aims and objectives. It’s expected that this will be completed during first quarter of 2019.

There is a growing email list of people who would like to kept up-to-date with Hungerford 2036. If you would like to be included, or have any questions, please email the Town Clerk or visit the Hungerford 2036 website.

Update 6 Nov 2018

Meetings were held in October to review the findings from the July survey. One of the results of this was Vision for Hungerford, which also drew on statements from the town plan. It is expected to evolve over time and in its final formwill sit at the beginning of Hungerford’s Plan to explain the objectives being aimed at and the associated planning policies and aspirations.

Vision for Hungerford

Hungerford sits at the heart of the North Wessex Downs AONB and is treasured for being an historic market town set within beautiful and accessible countryside and waterways.

The residents of Hungerford seek to work together to embrace constructive change that ensures a vibrant, robust  and sustainable economy that will enhance their prosperity and provide an affordable and nurturing environment for current and future generations.

This should be achieved whilst conserving Hungerford’s natural and man-made heritage and enhancing its strong sense of being a caring community and a fulfilling place to live.

Community engagement

Hungerford 2036 had a stall at the Trade Showcase held at John O’Gaunt School on 18 October. This engagement was informal and focussed on obtaining names for follow up meetings and ideas on how best to make further engagement successful.


It is anticipated that grant allocation will fund all future expenditure other than staff costs. Further grant funds can be applied for from April 2019.

Survey analysis

See below (September update) for the summary of responses. Based on this, eight themes have been created which are described in the table below.

Update 18 Sept 2018

Thank you to everyone who completed the initial Hungerford 2036 survey. We received a 10% response (556 surveys) which for an initial survey is good. The findings from these are summarised in the two bar charts.

If you wish to be kept informed of our progress please sign up to the Hungerford 2036 mailing list – the link for this simple process can be found at the foot of any of the pages on the Hungerford 2036 website.


In addition there were over 2,400 separate comments, all of which will be built into the evidence base that will underpin the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The next step for the project team will be further, deeper consultation with the Hungerford Community through direct contact with community groups, businesses and educational establishments etc. This will then be followed up with public meetings to provide feedback and an opportunity for further consultation.

This stage of the Development Plan process will start in October and run through into early 2019. The final outcomes from this programme of consultations will form the foundations of the Development Plan.

Update 3 Sept 2018

Meetings Held

Project Team meetings continue to be held every three weeks or thereabouts.

A very constructive meeting with Laila Bassett (WBC liaison) was held on 31 July. Key updates from WBC were:

• West Berkshire’s Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) will be published in draft in this autumn with consultation due from 5 Nov to 17 Dec. Consultation on detailed HELAA due summer 2019.
• The Employment Land Marketing Appraisal and Capacity Assessment is due this autumn.
• WBC undertaking a new transport study which will provide much greater detail for Hungerford than previous model.

First Co-ordination and Consultation Forum with full Council have yet to be programmed.


An initial government grant application for £5,546 to cover the majority of project costs up to 31 March 2019 has been successful. There is the potential for future applications up to a total value of £17,000.

The allocation of £5,000 provided by HTC (of which circa £4,200 remains) will now be used to fund expenses excluded from government grant funding; principally staff costs.

Planet will be formally engaged as ‘guiding mind’ consultants w/c 3 Sept.


In the last two months the Project has:
• Produced, publicised and issued an Initial Survey.
• Established a risk register and a budget through to 31 March 2019.
• Reviewed consultancy market and recommended the appointment of Planet as guiding mind.
• Applied for and obtained £5,546 of government grant.
• Developed first draft community engagement proposals for review at next Project meeting on 6 Sept.
• Conducted the Survey. This produced 550 responses of which 330 were in hard copy with a lot of free text comments which have proved time-consuming to decipher and record in the system. Full results are due for review at the next Project meeting on 6 Sept.

Project Needs from HTC

• Approval to revised Terms of Reference
• Date for joint NDP training session; time and duration.
• Date for first Co-ordination and Consultation Forum.
• Being kept up to date on all Council land use initiatives to avoid duplication of effort.

Submitted by H2036 Joint Chairs – Geoff Greenland and Tony Drewer-Trump

Update July 2018

We have received a good response to our first questionnaire to gather your views for the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.

But there are still two weeks to go so if you have not sent in a questionnaire, complete it on-line at or collect an extra copy from the Hungerford Library.

This is our first consultation exercise and we will be giving you feedback and holding a series of workshops throughout the autumn

The whole point of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it is community-led and that means researched, written and voted on by the people who live in the neighbourhood – that’s you and your neighbours.

Note that, for this survey, we are also seeking the views of people who visit and work in Hungerford.

It will, at the end of the process, have significant influence on the way Hungerford changes once the plan has been sanctioned by a town referendum.

Don’t leave it to someone else – make sure your view is heard

Update June 2018

Hungerford will change – but what needs to change and what would you like to retain? From 22 June we are starting the first public consultation to help to put us on the right track. You can find the survey at

It will take the Hungerford 2036 Project Team about three years to develop the Neighbourhood Plan and go through all the stages. The whole point of a Neighbourhood Plan is that it is community-led and that means researched, written and voted on by the people who live in the neighbourhood – that’s you and your neighbours!

At the end of the process, once the plan has been approved by a town referendum, it will have significant influence on the way Hungerford changes.

Please complete the survey now – it should only take you 10-15 minutes. You may find it easier to complete it online. If you know someone who would prefer to fill in a paper questionnaire there is one in the latest Adviser issue which can then be dropped in to one of the collection point boxes which are at the Library, Tesco, the Surgery, The Tally Ho in Newtown, the Leisure Centre, John O’Gaunt School and the Football Club.

We appreciate the time you spend completing the questionnaire and your participation in this important process.

Update June 2018

Website live and survey coming soon!

The Hungerford 2036 project team is eager to establish good communications with everyone who lives in our town and anyone who works, studies or just visits here. To get this started the project team has launched a dedicated website at where you will already find information about what is and will be happening as the work progresses. There are answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs)  plus the option to pose questions of your own. All important project documents and information sources will be on the site and be accessible by all. If you wish you can request to be kept informed of news about the project.

The project team is also very keen to hear everyone’s views about the town and surrounding area as it is now and into the future. What do YOU like and value about where we live? What gives YOU cause for concern and might be improved? Later in June we will be starting an initial opinion survey in which the project team would like everyone to take part. It will be available as an on-line survey which we hope most people will find quick and easy to complete and also in a paper form which will be distributed and collected throughout the town. As we really want to hear as many people’s views as possible, the survey will be kept running for at least six weeks. We hope that in this period everyone will have the opportunity to make their opinion count.

Keep a look out here for news about when the survey will be available.

May 2018

Today, Hungerford is launching an exciting project – Hungerford 2036 – to guide the way our town and its surrounding area will evolve.

The Hungerford 2036 Project Team  aims to identify how Hungerford wishes to develop over the next 20 years and document this vision in a Neighbourhood Development Plan which will:

• Conserve and enhance the town and countryside;
• Identify and address challenges facing our area now and in the future;
• Ensure our town and its surrounding area is a thriving, attractive and welcoming place to live, work and visit.

Hungerford 2036 will demand a lot of work from us all and will keep the Project Team busy for at least the next two years. Everyone will be kept informed throughout this time and will be encouraged to contribute their ideas and opinions at various stages. Engagement and help from residents living or working in all parts of the town and its surroundings is vital to the success of the project. Contributions will be welcomed from the entire community, from all backgrounds and age groups.

Once the Plan is ready a local referendum will be held and more than half of those who vote must choose “yes” for the Plan to be finalised. If all goes well, the Plan would then become part of the planning framework for our area. This means it must be used by the local Planning Authority (West Berks) when making decisions.

The Plan will also provide a clear summary of the community’s aspirations and priorities to guide the Town Council and other organisations’ decisions.

More information can be found for now on the Town Council’s website although a dedicated Hungerford 2036 website will be set up shortly. If you would like follow and be kept informed about progress on the project please email .

The Project Team is very much looking forward to working on this project and your suggestions, comments and questions will always be welcome – as well as your offers of help!

John Downe,
Chair of Hungerford 2036 Project Team

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