Neighbourhood Development Plan Financial Information
Why a Neighbourhood Plan now?
For 7-8 years now the Government has been trying to persuade local governing bodies to create a Neighbourhood Planning document that would define how the local community would like to see developments managed in their area. Chelmondiston PC did consider this but the cost at that time was thought to be too high (particularly due to the need for a local referendum and formal inspection), and instead it was decided to create a Village Development Framework (VDF - see link) document, which Babergh promised would be officially incorporated into the Planning documentation suite. In 2016 the VDF was completed, and 2017 was spent trying to get BDC to adopt the document, but this process has been delayed with no indication of when progress might be made. Given this lack of success the only option now available to give the community some control on developments in the Parish is to create a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Chelmondiston & Pin Mill as quickly as possible. The data gathered for the VDF will be used as the basis for this NDP.
- Apply for ‘Area Designation’. [By this step the District Council formally record their agreement on the geographical area for which the plan will be written. ] - COMPLETED
- Create a Draft Plan [Includes as much informal consultation with the community as possible.] - COMPLETED
- Formally consult with the local Community on the Draft Plan. [The consultation period has to be for a minimum of 6 weeks. The consultation has to be with all interested parties, including all those who live, work and operate a business within the designated area. The consultation has to include instructions on: Where to access the draft plan, How to make comments, and by When comments must be submitted.]
- Amend the draft plan based on comments obtained in step 3.
- Submit the revised draft to the local District Council [Babergh DC in our instance.]
- BDC organise a (2nd) formal consultation.
- BDC gather responses from step 6 and send these, together with the draft from step 5, to an independent examiner for review. [The Steering Group should choose who this examiner is.]
- The Examiner reviews the package from 7 and will suggest some changes be made to the draft text. [The Examiner checks that the plan provides for sustainable development, and is in line with the planning strategies as defined in the NPPF, the District Council Local Plan (Please click here for the draft Plan and click here for the accompanying report) along with EU directives.]
- The District Council (BDC) amend the text as directed in 8, and organise a referendum of interested parties within the designated area. [This is a simple majority vote.]
- If there is a ‘Yes’ vote in the referendum, BDC have to adopt the Plan as part of their documentary Planning Suite.
The first Formal Consultation (step 3 above) is expected to be complete by end-August 2020.
Crucial to the success of the process is overt public consultation. Meeting minutes and other documents will be posted here during the project to assist this.
- Terms of Reference for Project Steering Group - Click for download
- Minutes of 1st Steering Group meeting on May 3rd 2018 - Click for download
- Minutes of the 2nd Steering Group meeting on June 14th 2018 - Click for download
- Minutes of the 3rd Steering Group meeting on September 6th 2018 - Click for download
- Minutes of the 4th Steering Group meeting on October 16th 2018 - Click for download
- Minutes of the 5th Steering Group meeting on January 31st 2019 - Click for download
- Exhibition Posters from 18th March 2019 - click for download
- Notes of the 6th Steering Group meeting on April 4th 2019 - Click for download
- Summary of Responses to March 2019 'Informal Consultation' - Click for download
- Notes of the 7th Steering Group meeting on July 17th 2019 - Click for download
- Notes of the 8th Steering Group meeting on September 5th 2019 - Click for download
- Notes of the 9th Steering Group meeting on 8th January 2020 - Click for download
- Notes of the 10th Steering Group meeting on 10th June 2020 - Click for download
The next meeting of the Steering Group will be on Weds, 15th July @ 19:00. Due to COVID19 restrictions this will be a Zoom videoconference. Mtg ID = 862 5474 5381 PassWord = 371277
For further information please contact the Steering Group
For the latest version of the Plan click here.
The next stage of the process is the 'Regulation 14' Formal Consultation - this lasts for 6 weeks. The final text of the next version of the Plan has been agreed for a few weeks now but due to COVID19 restrictions we were unable to progress. The consultation process has now been amended to allow for 'social distancing' measures. The new rules allow for a level of local flexibility and we therefore need to be sure that any process we use meets official requirements, We expect that the R14 Consultation will start during July, once we have confirmed with BDC that our proposed process is valid.