Welcome to the Houghton & Bossington Parish Plan
In 2007-2008 a group of volunteers from across the village, chaired by David Livermore, put together a Parish Plan for Houghton & Bossington, after consultation with villagers.
Parish Plans are part of a Government-supported initiative aimed at giving villagers the opportunity to have a real say in how their village should develop in the future (though they are not designed to address planning issues).
The Parish Plan for Houghton & Bossington includes proposals on issues such as landscape and environment, communications, leisure, sport and youth. Many of these (or variations on them) have since been implemented. Download a PDF copy here.
What is a Parish Plan and why do we need one? Over the last 40 years Houghton and Bossington have changed out of recognition. These changes were not planned but simply happened. First our school was closed, then our shops and post office disappeared and now the garage has been shut. The percentage of people living in the village employed on the land by local farms has dropped year by year, although some new businesses have started up. As in many villages, more and more of the housing stock is being bought by busy commuters and young people in the village are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the available houses. On the other hand, home-working which is supported by the government for sustainable development, is becoming increasingly common. This may lead to people spending more time in the village.