Stages in Producing a Neighbourhood Plan

NP stages

Process Task

Responsibility

 

Make reasonable effort to alert the whole community as to what a Neighbourhood Development Plan is and what it can’t do. Explain what the pressures are and why it is beneficial to have some control of future development, but don’t do this by scaring the community by saying there will be 1,000s of houses built in the village. Explain why the Parish Council think it is a good opportunity. Create a suitable parish council webpage to provide a point of reference as the discussions evolve. Consider social media or using an online forum to give the community an early voice to those that don’t attend parish meetings or read minutes.

Parish Council

 

Consider what ‘area’ to put forward as a neighbourhood plan area, make a note of why you are choosing that area and what other areas were considered?

 

Stage 1

Submit an area application to the Local Planning Authority who will carry out the statutory publication (Six weeks). You don’t need to do this to start the process. You can be doing lots of work with the community and looking at the village baseline information before and whilst the ‘area’ is out for consultation. Add details to Parish Council webpage and keep a paper copy in the parish council office / village deposit point(s).

Parish Council /
Local Planning Authority

1a

Local Planning Authority to consider representations.

 

1b

Local Planning Authority to designate area.

Local Planning Authority

Stage 2

Carry out public consultations and start to form a draft plan.

Parish Council

 

 * WE ARE HERE *

 

2a

Questionnaires, surveying, evidence gathering, assessments, justification. Discussing with service providers – identifying capacity constraints.

Parish Council

 

Start the Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environment Assessment approach / Appropriate Assessment

Parish Council /
Local Planning Authority

2b

Possible site specifics involvement depending on the interests of the plan– If so call for sites to landowners / agents. Consultation.

Parish Council

 

Questionnaires, surveying, evidence gathering, assessments, justification. Discussing with service providers – identifying capacity constraints.

Parish Council

2c

Form a draft neighbourhood plan.

Parish Council

 

Town / Parish council carry out a six week consultation on draft plan

Parish Council

 

Update the plan from comments received during the consultation

Parish Council

Stage 3

Submit plan to Local Planning Authority

Parish Council

 

Local Planning Authority to publish (six weeks) submitted plan before sending it to examination

Local Planning Authority

Stage 4

Independent examination of the plan.

Local Planning Authority

 

Local Planning Authority to organise and pay for examination

Local Planning Authority

 

Respond to written representations or appear at Examination hearing

Parish Council /
Local Planning Authority

Stage 5

The community referendum.

Local Planning Authority

 

Local Planning Authority to organise and pay for referendum.

 

Stage 6

Putting the final plan in force as a legal document.

Local Planning Authority