Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2018 - 2031 - February 2019
7. Living in Preston (Quality of Life)
7.1 The results from the Questionnaire show that there is currently very high satisfaction (91%) with living in Preston. Residents love it for the green spaces and access to the countryside that it offers.For a community of walkers, many with dogs, the rural setting is an ideal.
7.2 Quality of life is the satisfaction in life that comes from having good health, comfort, good relationships rather than from money. It is satisfaction with the environmental, cultural or intellectual conditions under which we live.
7.3 The concept of community quality of life is often used to explore community factors, resources and services that are observed by residents as factors influencing their life quality. A community quality of life is the shared characteristics residents experience in places, which might include air and water quality, traffic or recreational opportunities and the subjective evaluations residents make of these conditions.
7.4 Preston is quiet, peaceful and tranquil. There is a good community spirit and neighbours are considered friendly, helpful and welcoming. There is a good local pub owned by villagers and easy access to more facilities and amenities in Hitchin as well as transport links to London.
7.5 Being part of a unique community
enhances the quality of life for local residents who
appreciate the character of the village with its variety of
housing, both in style and age, as well as local lanes and
footpaths and the green spaces of both the village and the
parish. The historic and heritage aspects are important as
they are key factors in the distinctiveness of the village
and must be maintained.
Q1: To encourage the
provision of opportunities for social interaction through
education, cultural, leisure and sports for all members of
Policy QL1: Social Interaction:
Development proposals for cultural, leisure, sport or
commercial activities will be supported where they improve,
maintain or make alternative provision for social
See also Policy AF1 and Policy AF2
Objective Q2: To promote a community quality of life including clean air and water, enjoyment of open spaces, conservation of wildlife and natural resources, security from crime and protection from toxic substances.
Planning applications should ensure that development will not have any adverse effect on access to clean air, water and open spaces. Development will only be permitted if plans indicate that there is no increase to the risk of exposure to toxic substances, adverse effects on wildlife and natural resources. Crime prevention measures need to be designed-in at the start of the project following consultation with the Police Crime Prevention Officer.
EH7 and EH8
Objective Q3: To prioritise local distinctiveness in every element of change and growth.
The architecture of and
schemes in all new developments should preserve
preserving local distinctiveness.
See also Policies HD9, HD10, HD12, EH1, EH2, EH7