At a meeting in February 2015 we discussed our aspirations for how the village might develop. These are noted below.
- Identify small areas of land for development but keep within the Local Plan (as in less than 8 houses per development). Prioritise brownfield sites and use new government policies to change the use to give preference to developments that include starter homes, social/affordable housing, sheltered housing or houses for people with existing links to the village.
- Consider possibility of including Button End within the Village Framework as this is part of the village and some development could be allowed in character with existing housing areas.
- Any new developments should be in keeping with the style of the village and not more than two storeys high.
- Ensure any developments with a number of houses feed out onto existing side roads and avoid feeding directly onto the A10 to minimise the number of exits onto the A10.
LOCAL MOVEMENT AROUND AND TO/FROM THE VILLAGE
- Reduce or manage the traffic through the village to reduce speed and congestion – consider options including a bypass.
- Look at the viability of re-opening Harston train station.
- Increase pedestrian crossing points (not traffic lights) on the A10 and improve safety of roadside paths for pedestrians and cyclists.
- Improve the bus routes and extend to evenings and weekends. Consider a possible bus service to the park and ride.
- Improve the connectivity of walking and cycle paths around the village and try to create more options for travel off the A10.
- Improve the footpath network between housing developments, and to the school, and along the parish boundary to develop more circular walks.
- Re-site the doctor’s surgery within the village (to a location with good access and sufficient parking) to reduce congestion on Church Street.
- Improve the facilities at the recreation ground e.g. tennis court, skate park, bike track etc.
- Ensure the maintenance/continuance of all current local services/facilities especially the Post Office, convenience goods shop and doctor’s surgery.
- Improvements to the village school and creation of a seventh classroom.
- Develop a community meeting place. Potentially a drop in or cafe at the village hall.
- Create a community event, such as an Apple Day, to bring the community together.
- Protect the rural heritage of the village e.g. the water pumps, livery stables and houses with gardens.
- Maintain the green space around Harston and the green spaces between Harston and Hauxton.
- Protect/manage the orchard and drift. To ensure its best use and future.
- Provide better access to environmental areas of interest such as the clunch/chalk pits and countryside sites within the parish.
- Identify some of the rural heritage with heritage information boards around the village.
- Support local businesses and encourage more jobs locally.
What do you think? If you have any comments on these aspirations we'd love to hear them.