The Infrastructure topic area working group is one of four that was established by The Sedgefield Plan steering group. The other working groups are Housing, Economy, and Community and Environment. At present, this group consists of:
Anyone who lives in Sedgefield and who has an interest in contributing to this project is welcome to join the working group. Please get in touch.
I have lived in Sedgefield since 1996, but grew up in nearby Bishop Middleham. My family have all lived in Sedgefield all their lives. I have worked for Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council since moving to Sedgefield, primarily involved in economic development and regeneration projects, particularly relating to the area’s industrial base. However, over the last three years I have moved into the management and delivery of various school investment projects in the Borough.
The infrastructure supporting our community is wide ranging. It includes the hard public utilities and networks that we rely on, such as roads, energy supplies, telecommunication networks, sewers etc, but also other facilities we rely on like schools, the library, public transport, parking provision, health facilities, other community facilities, the character of the built environment and ‘green’ infrastructure.
The infrastructure serving a community is often in critical balance with its physical development. Typically as a community grows, be it new housing, industrial, commercial or leisure development, the support infrastructure will need to be adequate to cater for this growth, or have built in capacity to sustain it and existing development.
One of the initial tasks of the topic group is to review existing information, taking on a ‘local’ view of current infrastructure provision, capacities and quality. This topic group is looking at issues such as (but not limited to): utilities capacity; school capacities; health care capacity and fit of provision with demand; and the need for enhanced or expanded facilities as Sedgefield grows etc.
The Sedgefield Plan will give our community an opportunity to shape how we would like to see the town and its neighbourhood area look as it develops in the future. For example, we can look at: how any new development should look or be integrated with the existing development; whether there are any local highway improvements needed; what elements of the built form character need preserving and reflecting in new development; what new facilities need to be provided and where; what infrastructure is required to better link rural areas to Sedgefield; and so on.
One of the key policy issues that has been consulted upon in the County Durham Plan (the Local Plan), is the proposed allocation of land for up to 470 new homes within Sedgefield. Clearly this will put pressure on many aspects of the local infrastructure, and it is important that at a local level we have an understanding of what this will be, and to shape improvements that may be brought to the wider community, should these plans be realised.
At the outset of The Sedgefield Plan, the review will take a broad definition of infrastructure, and there is likely to be some cross over to other topic group areas, particularly Community and Environment. As the review work progresses it may be that the focus is narrowed down to issues that are felt to be critical topics and/or those that can be influenced from the neighbourhood level. These and other issues need to be addressed in the draft plan, which will be consulted upon before adoption, and ultimately, through it, residents will have an ability to help shape the future development of the village.
Critically, the plan must represent your views, and as such we need people to get involved. The completion of the community survey is very important, as it will gather essential information to help understand your views on a number of infrastructure issues.
We also intend to host drop in community planning days where we hope to establish a real sense of participation and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate and share their views. Look out for news of these events on this website.
In addition, if you feel you could contribute to this group, or have an issue that needs raising, discussion or inclusion, get in touch.
We will use this section, along with other parts of this website, to provide updates on progress that is being made in developing content in this topic area.