The village faces new challenges and opportunities as the updated Thanet Local Plan is produced so over the past two years the Parish Council and a group of local residents have been developing a new Neighbourhood Plan for Birchington.  This will describe the characteristics of the village today, what facilities exist and how we will adapt and respond to new developments and their impact on the village.  After a lot of hard work, emerging policies and objectives have been developed and we want everyone in the village, whether resident or business owner, to be given the opportunity to comment on our work so far.  For this purpose, we’re holding a Community Design Day on 6 June. This will be held at the All Saints Church Hall in Kent Gardens from 12 noon to 8 pm.  We will illustrate the work to date and hold three topical sessions where everyone attending can get involved in mapping Birchington today and current key issues, contribute ideas on the emerging vision for the future including development proposals on land to the west of the village and provide lots of feedback for the Neighbourhood Plan group to take away and consider for the next step in the process.  We’re also involving our local schools and will give a prize for the best Young Planner and Architect contributions to our vision for Birchington 2025. There will be plenty of opportunities to be creative throughout the afternoon, ending with a questions and answers session at the end of the day.

Neville Hudson, Chair of the Parish Council said: “We encourage everyone with an interest in the future of our village to drop in or stay all afternoon and help us to create a dynamic Neighbourhood Plan to go forward to the next stage. We’re really looking forward to plenty of discussion and input to the emerging plan.  Look out for leaflets and posters which will be distributed shortly”.