Policy progress and Student Questionnaire

Policy Development Areas

We now have our first draft of our policy options documents which set out our aims and objectives and possible policy areas.  The Keele Neighbourhood Plan Group will meet to discuss these in the next few week.  We are also producing a newsletter setting out the policy options which will be followed by a community consultation event in early December. The first drafts are available to view by clicking the links below.

Please do let us have your thoughts and ideas on the progress so far!

Housing: based upon the Housing Needs Assessment, community consultation, the university’s developing master-plan and the developing Joint Local Plan.
Transport: parking and road safety remain major concerns. A close link with the developing university masterplan and a promised holistic review of parking issues in Keele by Staffordshire County Council will be key in developing this policy.
Facilities: facilities such as the pub, St Johns, shop and the village hall are significant assets. The policy will be concerned to ensure their sustainability as well as considering further facilities such as a village green.  The University also provides a wide range of facilities which will be considered in policy development
Business: Links with the university and the university’s master plan, the rural economy and supporting SME’s will all form an important part of this policy.
Environment: conserving the character, distinctiveness and heritage of the parish in a rapidly changing world.

We now have our first draft of our policy options documents which set out our aims and objectives and possible policy areas.  The Keele Neighbourhood Plan Group will meet to discuss these in the next few week.  We are also producing a newsletter setting out the policy options which will be followed by a community consultation event in early December. The first drafts are available to view by clicking the links above.

Please do let us have your thoughts and ideas on the progress so far!

Student Questionnaire

At the end of the 2016/17 academic year, a survey of Keele students was conducted in order to feed into the broader neighbourhood plan process. Due to the transient nature of the student population, it was decided that a quantitative rather than qualitative approach would be the best method of establishing what students thought. As you might expect the ages of those who completed the survey were mainly 18-24 with some 25-34.

The first question asked ‘What THREE things do you like most about living in Keele Parish?’

Three most commonly used words were

  • Green
  • Quiet
  • Nature
  • Scenery
  • A sense of community

When asked ‘What THREE things do you like least about living in Keele Parish?’

 Three most common issues were

  • Lack of shops
  • Poor parking
  • Transport

Most students had no major concerns about the Keele Parish however issues of parking and the quality of public transport were a significant minority of the answers.

When asked ‘What opportunities do you see for Keele Parish the future? What sort of developments would you like to see?’ The major suggestions were:

  • Shops
  • Sustainability
  • Maintaining heritage and green feeling

The single biggest suggestion around how to improve quality of life in Keele was improved public transport. Students consider it to be very important but not very good at all.

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