Welcome to the Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan's
Young People Page 

Towards the end of last year we met with staff and pupils at Crowhurst Primary School to talk about the Neighbourhood Plan and see how Crowhurst School can be involved as we go forward. These meetings and the Neighbourhood Plan get a mention in the November and December School newsletters and we have a summary of what pupils most wanted to say about the village.

You can download the newsletters here: 

And this is the quick summary! (see below for full downloadable results)

Notes from Crowhurst School Council Meeting to discuss the Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan
24th November 2016

Best things about Crowhurst
Houses close together so you have your friends around
A small village – not a bustling town
The school – Kind teachers
Things that would make Crowhurst better

Make it safer!
Bendy roads aren’t safe – put mirrors in bends, limit speed of cars, lower speed limit
Lower speed limit around the school, make a safe parking area.
More small parking areas
Make footpaths safer and not so near the road or close to hedges (and where hedges are overgrown)
Put lights on the Rec between the Youth Club and Car Park
Put cameras on buildings and on Youth Club to stop litter and fires behind Club
Clean up rubbish and fly tipping (would also stop fires made from rubbish)
Have a shop
Make more spaces for dens and playing.
Make a children’s play area in Quarry Wood where they can appreciate wildlife
Hold family events like the one in Quarry Wood
Have a Crowhurst Youth Hockey Group, volley ball court and more youth sports opportunities

Where to build new houses ?
Don’t build on farms!

Crowhurst Primary School Newsletter 15th November
Crowhurst Primary School Newsletter 6th December
Crowhurst Primary School Survey.
Full Results (Word Document Download)

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The Final Crowhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan. ​The referendum on this important document will take place in the summer. 
Contains links to the archived Reg. 16 and Reg. 14 consultation and submission pages.  Archive-REG 14, 16
This page contains all documents relating to the Consultation Process including village survey results and longlisted and shortlisted sites feedback. It will be updated as the process continues. 

​​ Useful links:
For more information on the Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan application please see: 

For more information on our Neighbourhood Plan process and to access minutes of all previous meetings please see either of the links below:

We also made a vist to Claverham in November and talked to the school's Crowhurst-resident pupils. They really helped us by filling in surveys and giving us their views about the village in general as well as the Neighbourhood Plan. 

Here is a summary of the results: 
Crowhurst Neighbourhood Plan Student Survey Results

A big thank you to the 18 students who completed our Neighbourhood Plan survey. Your answers and comments are really helpful. Below is a brief summary of what you told us.  

Views of Crowhurst 
67% (12/18) students feel that Crowhurst is a good place to live, and all students (100%, 18/18) feel safe living in the village.  However students are a lot less positive about having things to do with 39% (7/18) saying there are not enough community activities or groups for them to take part in.  

Whilst almost all students (94%, 17/18) are satisfied with access to greenspaces and country side, less are satisfied with access to education (50%, 9/18), sports facilities (33%, 6/18) and health care (11%, 2/18). Nearly two thirds (61%, 11/18) are dissatisfied with access to public transport. 

When asked to tell us the best thing about living in Crowhurst, being quiet and peaceful came top (9 mentions), followed by the train station/ train service (6 mentions) and the fields, open space and woodland (4 mentions). The worst thing most mentioned was not having a shop (10 mentions) , the lack of transport (4 mentions) and not having things to do (3 mentions).

Getting About 
The vast majority of respondents (94%, 17/18) travel by car to get around and in and out of the village. 72% (13/18) say they walk through the village regularly and 50% (9/18) travel by train.  A third (33%, 6/18) cycle around the village.

50% (9/18) feel the roads are safe for drivers but this is not the case for other road users. All students think the roads are unsafe for cyclists (100% 18/18), 89% (16/18) feel the roads are unsafe for children walking and 83% (15/18) feel the roads are unsafe for adults walking.

50% (9/18) think that more pavements would improve safety the most. When thinking about the future of the village improving pavements is felt to be very important (83%, 15/18) followed by a regular and reliable train service (72%, 13/18).

Rother District Council have said that we need to find space for at least 20 new homes in the village, we have no choice in this but with a Neighbourhood Plan we can say where these should go and what type and style of home they should be. 

Students feel that families are the most in need of new housing (78%, 14/18), followed by younger people (50%, 9/19) and older people (50%, 9/18).  The type of homes thought to be most needed are affordable starter homes (89%, 16/18), followed by low cost rental (50%, 9/18). As for the style of housing, semidetached came out top (67%, 12/18), followed by bungalows (56%, 10/18). 

Students are more concerned about the impact of the new homes on the environment than the look of the new homes. 50% (9/18) say that the homes using renewable energy and are energy and water efficient is very important and 44% (8/18) think that the homes are built using sustainable materials is very important. 39% (7/18) think the look of the homes from the surrounding countryside is very important. Mobile phone coverage and broadband connectivity is felt to be important too.

There were 16 suggestions for where new homes could go:
By the old railway arch At the end of Station Road
Field by church
Fields near station road and church
Craig Close - Fields
Craig Close fields
Opposite side of station road
Up some of Station Rd or field by the Church Rd
Near Telham abandoned tennis court
Church Paddock bottom of station Rd
Off lanes
Off lanes, clutter of house opposite by the rec.
61% (11/18) of respondents feel that having green spaces and  woodland areas within the village that are not for development is very important. This is followed by maintaining the views of the countryside (56%, 10/18), and protecting and enhancing nature and wildlife (56%, 10/18). Reducing litter and fly tipping is felt to be the most important environmental improvement (53%, 8/15).

Health and wellbeing  
When asked to think about the future of health and wellbeing in the village, 47% (8/17) feel having access to exercise and fitness activities and facilities in the village is very important and the same number think having access to a doctor in the village is very important.  This is closely followed by neighbourliness and companionship being very important (41%, 7/17).

For the future of education 59% (10/17) feel the village primary school is very important. 53% (9/17) feel having access to community internet facilities is very important.

Community Facilities and Activities 
A village shop (88%, 15/17), the village pub (73%, 12/17) and the recreation ground and pavilion (56%, 9/16) are felt to be very important facilities for the future of the village.  Clubs/groups/activities for young people are felt to be very important (44%, 7/16) and the same number think Village events/ festivals/ Fayres are very important. These are followed by Sporting clubs/ groups/activities and Clubs/ groups/ activities for older people (both at 38%, 6/16)

The Neighbourhood Plan Vision 
94% (15/16) of all respondents said they agreed with the Neighbourhood Plan’s  Vision ‘to maintain the village’s rural character by protecting the countryside and environment around its boundaries, promoting community spirit and enhancing infrastructure, facilities and services for residents of all ages’.

Next steps 
The findings from this survey have given the Neighbourhood Plan group a good sense of students’ priorities for the future of the village and we are working hard to make sure these are addressed in the plan. 
The next phase of work is to identify specific sites of land as areas for potential housing or village facilities and areas not to be developed.

It’s great that you took part in the survey and we hope you will stay involved. With your help the neighbourhood plan will set out a blueprint for the future of our village.  

Claverham Survey Full Results (Word Doc Download)

We visited you all last year! Thank you for telling us what you thought of Crowhurst. What you told us will feed into our Neighbourhood Plan.

First up here is the Scouts survey! 

1. Your views on Crowhurst
100% strongly/tended to agree there are lots of community activities/groups for me to to take part in if I wish to
72% strongly/tended to agree I am rarely disturbed by noise
100% strongly/tended to agree I feel safe living in Crowhurst
81% strongly/tended to agree Crowhurst is a good place to live

2. Thinking about the village as it is now how satisfied or dissatisfied you are with access to the following
73% satisfied/fairly satisfied with Health Care
91% satisfied/fairly satisfied with Educational facilities/activities
77% satisfied/fairly satisfied with Sporting facilities/activities
100% satisfied/fairly satisfied with Green spaces and country side
63% satisfied/fairly satisfied with Public transport
3. What do you feel is the best thing about living in Crowhust?
The activities
Train Station
Recreation Ground
My house
Access to everywhere

4. What do you feel is the worst thing about living in Crowhust?
5. Getting about. Which of the following do you do regularly to get around/in/out of the village?
100% travelled in a car
18% used a bus service (school bus)
27% used community transport (school bus)
18% use a local train service
1% take a taxi
45% cycle
1% ride a horse
6. How safe do you think the roads in Crowhurst are for the following road users?
63% thought it was fairly safe for drivers
64% thought it was a bit unsafe/unsafe for cyclists
54% thought it was safe/fairly safe for children to walk
81% thought it was very safe/fairly for adults to walk
63% thought it was safe/fairly safe for joggers
64% thought it was a bit unsafe/unsafe for horse riders
7. Which one of the following do you think would most improve road safety in the village?
55% said More pavements
22% said Traffic Calming
1 person thought Lower Speed Limits
1 person thought other – Mend potholes 
8. Thinking about the village how important are the following to you?
70% think a regular and reliable bus service is important/fairly important.
70% think a regular and reliable train service is important/fairly important
71% think improving/more roads is very important
88% think improving/more pavements is very important
100% think improving/more cycle paths is very/fairly important
100% think improving/more footpaths is very/fairly important
44% think improving/more bridleways are very/fairly important
9. Which of the following groups of people do you think housing in Crowhurst is most needed for? (max 3 options)
40% thought young people
100% thought for families
40% thought couples
40% thought for disabled
50% thought for older
10. Which type of home do you think is most needed? (max 3 options)
54% thought Affordable starter homes
27% thought Sheltered homes
54% thought  Low cost rentals
18% thought Private rentals
18% thought Older people
9%  thought Disabled
Others:- Small quirky properties, Small thatched properties, Orphans home
11. Which style of home do you think is most needed in Crowhurst? (max 3 opt)
40% thought Terraced houses
40% thought Semi detached
70% thought bungalows
40% thought detached
20% Flats/Maisonettes
Others:- Thatched cottages, Like mine
12. Thinking about the design of the new homes, how important are each of the following?
90% thought the look of the homes from the surrounding countryside was very/fairly important
90% thought the size of the homes being similar to existing surrounding homes to be important/fairly important
100% thought the style of the homes being sympathetic/matching the style of surrounding homes to be very/fairly important
90% thought it was important/fairly important that the homes are well integrated and linked to the village
80% thought it was important/fairly important that the homes have a good size garden and/or communal green space
100% thought it was important/fairly important that the homes use renewable energy and are energy and water efficient.
As there was limited time to complete the survey the scouts moved to question 19.
19. Thinking about the future of education and information in Crowhurst how important is the following to you?
100% thought having access to community internet facilities was very/fairly important
100% thought that Pre-school groups, activities and facilities was very/fairly important
90% thought the village primary school was very/fairly important
90% thought groups, facilities and educational activities were very/fairly important
60% thought adult education was very/fairly important
60% thought the library was very/fairly important

20. Thinking about the future of community facilities in the village, how important are each of the following?
91% thought the Village Hall is very /fairly important
91% thought the Youth Club is very /fairly important
81% Recreation Ground and Pavilion is very/fairly important
91% thought the Playground is very/fairly important
81% thought the Churches/Parish Room is very/fairly important
91% thought the village Pub was very/fairly important
91% thought a village shop is very/fairly important
54% thought allotments very/fairly important
72% thought Sports facilities are very/fairly important
91% thought the Village market is very/fairly important
21. Other community facilities that are important to you:-
The Village Hall
Bigger Hall
Martial Arts Room
Improve things we have already got
Recreation Ground
Skate park
22. Thinking about the future of community activities in the village, how important are each of these?
100% thought Clubs/groups/activities for young people to be very/fairly important
100% thought Clubs/groups/activities for older people to be very/fairly important
91% thought Drama and music clubs/ Sporting/Religious/ Culture/ Horticulture groups/activities to be very/fairly important
100% thought village events/festivals/fayres to be very/fairly important.


What we can do to improve Crowhurst?
  • Fill in potholes
  • A car park for the school
  • Re vamp the skate boarding area
  • Half pipe for BMX riding
  • A new bigger Village Hall
  • A shop near the school
  • A bigger and up graded Youth Club
  • A marked childrens football pitch
  • A place to play table tennis
  • A hockey pitch
  • A bird watching area
  • A tree house
  • An animal centre

What we like about Crowhurst 
  • It is small and friendly
  • A good recreation ground especially the playpark
  • It is good for walking dogs
  • Close to the marshes for walking
  • The countryside
  • Forewood Wood
  • The Church and surrounding area
  • The Old Railway
  • The clubs for the children in the village
  • The School
What we don't like about Crowhurst
  • The grafitti and litter near the Youth Club
  • The area near the Youth Club full of brambles
  • No shops
  • Not enough sports areas




Here are some pictures from those vists. Thank you all very much.