I have lived and worked in Liphook for over 7 years and run my architectural practice in the village centre. I am a RIBA Chartered Architect and my skills and expertise are wide in the field of architecture, including design, planning, government and council planning policies, building and construction works, which involve various scales of development in the local area and further afield. I am involved in a variety of projects from householder works through to developer schemes and community/entertainment centres, and interested in how development influences local areas and communities.
I am interested in helping the community and local businesses to develop, and understand the importance to encourage younger generations to wish to continue to live and work in the local area to maintain a diverse community. Whilst development is encouraged by government, I believe it needs to be carried out in a proactive, sensible and effective manner to improve an area and help a community to thrive.
I have lived in Liphook for the past 2 years; initially because of an unwanted house move. Despite that, from the start we were touched by the sense of community and welcome that reached out to us as we settled in both in our immediate neighbourhood and around the village.
As a family, we are very dependent on the services, transport links and facilities within and around Liphook. I work part-time and flexibly but am home based, and our three children all attend local schools. My husband is a regular commuter; he works locally wherever possible and we rely on our local community not just informally (for company, or occasional emergency help) but also for our access to work, for our shopping, our health, our leisure and our education.
I volunteered to become involved with the NDP because I want to do my part to enhance and develop the welcome and openness that the community of Liphook gave to us, and to listen to and understand how Liphook can best meet all the needs of its local residents, its businesses, and its visitors (whether regularly to attend school or work or occasionL) whilst at the same time ensuring that Liphook celebrates the creation of its vision for itself as a vibrant, energetic, sustainable village.
I have lived and worked in the parish for over 11 years and particularly enjoy taking an active role in fundraising activities in Bramshott. I am passionate about the natural environment, respecting the purpose of the South Downs National Park, and I am keen to explore innovative ways that this can benefit current and future generations of both residents and wildlife.
I have led a wide and varied career path, from family business, motor industry, catering, accounting and education, to gaining an honours degree in Environmental Science as a mature student. I have worked with Wildlife Trusts; children and young families, as well as the elderly. Having been part of the process of forming the Parish Plan I am eager to engage in the next step to meet the challenges of securing social, economic and environmentally sustainable development in the Parish.
PARISH COUNCILLOR JEANETTE KIRBY
I have lived in Liphook for about 10 years and have 2 daughters that went to Bohunt School. I feel very fortunate to be part of this busy, developing community, so close to the South Downs National Park where I enjoy walking.
My career has centred around health & wellbeing and I am a registered Public Health practitioner, educated to masters’ level, with 17 years’ experience of using evidence to inform service development and delivery. This includes cancer screening services, NHS health trainers, NHS Health Checks and a wellbeing service.
I have also worked with communities to understand local need and developed mechanisms for them to communicate their views in an ongoing way to city planners.
Neighbourhood development plans are a great opportunity for residents to have their say, about the pros and the cons of potential housing developments, from their perspective. I see my role is to make the links between resident’s views and any evidence that supports possible health benefits or harms of proposed housing developments, explicit in the plan.
I believe NDPs also have a wider value above this legal housing remit, to articulate the aspects of local life that are important to local people, so they are encouraged to find their own solutions to any issues arising. NDPs may also be a resource for policy makers that see the benefit of engaging with the communities they serve. I am excited about the opportunity of this role to work with local people to shape the plan further. I am particularly keen to support the movement towards local sustainable development and climate stability which give the best environment for individual & community health and wellbeing.
After moving to Liphook with my family four years ago, I wanted to become involved with the community so I could help in support of local groups as well as being able to give something back. A year after moving, I help set up the Liphook Wellbeing Group to help run local events and workshops. As a trained therapist I was also able to offer sessions myself.
My professional background has been in nursing for the NHS, delivering acute medical care. This involved ward based emergency care, working with local authorities to plan short and long term care for inpatients, liaising with local GPs and community services to plan and co-ordinate safe discharges from hospital. At present I am working as a nurse in Liphook.
I was made aware of the NDP through a local friend and was keen to join so I could become more aware of and be involved in the planning and development needs of the community.
I have recently brought together a group of volunteer plot holders at our local allotment and formed a working group so that all the plot holders can feel engaged, active and involved in their site.
As a keen walker and cyclist the importance of open spaces and engaging in the development of a community feels a heartfelt responsibility for me. I hope my volunteering role will enable me to become more visual about how community needs are reflected within the NDP.
As a serving member of the Royal Air Force, I moved 10 times in 16 years and was keen to find a place to call home. Halfway between London and the national air traffic control centre at Swanwick, Liphook was chosen for practical convenience and good facilities. My wife (Kate) and I instantly fell in love with the area and enjoy walking in the countryside, usually ending with a pint at one of our lovely local pubs.
Most of my time is spent deciphering complex international policies and working out what they mean – in a practical sense – to military aviation where safety, human behaviour and the efficient flow of traffic is critical. I work closely with international organisations where diverse ways of thinking are encouraged to find positive outcomes to difficult, often conflicting, points of view.
I joined the Neighbourhood Development Plan because I hope to turn difficult national and regional planning policies into something that makes practical sense to residents. I am committed to ensuring that any growth of the parish occurs in a manner which is sympathetic to the environment, benefits the needs of local residents and increases the charm and beauty of the parish.
Resigned Steering Group Members
The NDP thanks all previous contributors to the NDP vision. Previous members of the NDP Steering Group include:
District Councillor Rebecca Standish, David Brocklebank, Alasdair Cameron, Dominic Taplin, Parish Councillor Emma Winfield, Parish Councillor Sumi Olson, Eliza Margrove, John Raeyan, Darren Ellis and Roger Miller.