What is our Neighbourhood Plan, and why do we need one?
The 2011 Localism Act brought in the right for local communities, through their town and parish councils, to shape their future development by preparing their own Neighbourhood Plans, and shaping how this area is developed in the next 15 years.
It is a community-led process, drawn up by consultation with all groups, organisations and people in the parish. It must reflect the wishes of our residents for future development of the whole parish; not just housing, but also other vital considerations including education, recreation, employment, communications, transport, sustainability and environmental issues for example.
There are formal consultation phases and an independent examination of our Plan to ensure that it is legally watertight and takes account of wider policy considerations (e.g. national policy). Once it has been approved it will be put to a referendum in the community; these Neighbourhood Development Plans will only take effect if there is a majority of support.
The various stages that have led to our final Neighbourhood Plan ;
- The land within the parish boundary has been identified and registered as our ‘neighbourhood’ ; our neighbourhood plan area.
- Following several Consultations, two surveys to assess Affordable Housing needs, a new national ruling on the status of the AONB, and a concentrated period of advice from approved planning consultants, our Draft Plan has been updated many times.
- At the latter end of 2019 and January 2020 – more assessments, and advice from our approved planning consultant to ensure that all wording and policies comply with planning law, and are in accord with the overall South Hams District Council Plan (This is contained within the The Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan and was adopted by South Hams District Council on 21 March 2019.)
- Then came the Pandemic, and Lockdown. The Draft had been lodged with SHDC, but there were inevitable delays in scrutinising the plan, and one or two necessary alterations, but eventually, in July the official independant examiner was able to assess the final Draft, and recommend acceptance!
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The completed Draft was submitted to South Hams District Council’s independant examiner who scrutinised it thoroughly, and finally accepted it at the end of July.
This meant that at the August parish council meeting, councilors could vote unanimously to adopt our Neighbourhood Plan so that the policies it contains now give our parish a say in future planning here until 2034.
Once Covid-19 restrictions are over, and we are allowed to hold a referendum, parishioners will be invited to vote to accept the Plan, but in the meantime, this adopted version still carries full weight when planning decisions are made. Thank you all for all your input – it’s your Plan now!
Aveton Gifford NP Regulation 15 Submission
There are 3 further letters which, because of the restrictions imposed by Data Protection, are not published here, but which are available to be read by contacting Sarah Harcus or David Davis Berry directly.
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First Public Consultation
Housing Needs Survey
2nd Public Consultation
After analysis of survey
Publication of results from 2nd Consultation
First test draft of Neighbourhood Plan
presented to parishioners and planners for informal comment
First Draft Plan submitted to Local Planning Authority
or formal consideration, adjustments
Several drafts produced and worked through to complete a final draft
The proposed final Draft Plan submitted to an approved planning consultant for appraisal
A second Housing Needs survey
to assess the parish need for Affordable Housing.
A second six week consultation
with parishioner’s responses was required to reassess suitable development sites.
Drawing up final version
After further work to draw up final versions of the policies, with supporting information from feedback from parishioners and statutory consultees, our final Plan submitted to the Local Authority for scrutiny and advice. A small amount of fine tuning was required during December.
Completed Neighbourhood Plan submitted
for a 3 week consultation period running concurrently with the final independent examination