LOCAL Plan: The parish council has been looking into the impact of future development on Rotherwick and how to ensure planning issues do not compromise the essential character of the village in the absence of a district Local Plan.

Following lengthy discussions, it has been decided to set up a Neighbourhood Plan for the area within the parish boundary, which will be on an equal statutory footing with any future Local Plan being developed by the district council.

The Rotherwick Neighbourhood Plan will take about 18 months to complete and will culminate in a parish referendum. To bring the plan into legal force, it will need the support of more than 50 per cent of resident voters.

The parish council will keep everyone informed of progress, but in the meantime, if you wish to find out more please contact Karyn Reid, our parish clerk at clerk@rotherwick.com.

WEDDING Belle: Congratulations to our own songstress Amanda Palmer, who celebrated her village wedding with a great party at Tylney Hall! We wish you and your family all the best.