Updated 3rd April 2018
There has been a bit of an hiatus while waiting for the RBWM to respond. They have been saying that the onus has been on the EA to make a decision. I am pleased to say that at loing last we have received an email saying that a response will be forthcoming shortly.
The Steering Group realise residents must be wondering what is happening, as developing a neighbourhood plan has been a long drawn out process. We explain reasons below: :
Following the community consultation on the Pre-Submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan, and amended as necessary, the final draft of the Plan was handed over to both parish councils who have reviewed and approved it after agreeing modifications.
The history of these comments and the resultant modifications will be reflected in the Consultation Statement document as are all other responses received.
Approval by the parish councils was given in April. However, the delay in proceeding further has been caused to a great extent by the interruption of having a General Election which meant local government decisions were shut down for a couple of months.
What is now holding up the Plan is that we are waiting for a screening opinion on whether or not a Strategic Environmental Assessment is needed. This is a process to determine whether the plan is likely to have significant environmental effects.
Once the Steering Group receives that decision, the Submission Version of the Neighbourhood Plan can then be sent to the Royal Borough for scrutiny and to check that it meets all the legal requirements.
The borough will then carry out its own six-week consultation, giving consultees and residents the chance to make any representations before it goes for independent examination.
Review of Draft
The draft submission version is available on the Latest Draft page. it will be replaced by the submission version when the Borough deliberations as mentioned above are complete and the plan actually submitted
See news page for more information.
The broken links on the additional documents page have been fixed.
What is a Neighbourhood plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a way of helping local communities to influence the future planning of the area in which they live and work. The Plan must be an evidence-based assessment of the social, economic and environmental needs of a community. This Plan will give the local community an opportunity to have a greater say in the planning and development of the village over the next ten to fifteen years. Once adopted the Plan will have legal weight and will be used when making planning decisions in the Parish.
A Neighbourhood Plan allows us all to:-