Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan: 2nd Submission March 2018
The 2011 Localism Act has given communities a new right to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan. This right is aimed at giving local communities genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live. Decisions on planning applications must take account of neighbourhood plans.
The Draft Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Melton Borough Council in October 2016 for publication. The Draft Plan was then sent to an Independent Examiner in February 2017. On 5 June 2017, the Examiner recommend that the Neighbourhood Plan be modified to meet the ‘Basic Conditions’ and then submitted to a referendum. The Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan was passed by referendum on 28 September 2017.
Due to a legal challenge and subsequent Consent Order (the agreement of the parties involved) endorsed by the High Court, the Asfordby Neighbourhood Plan was quashed in February 2018. The Consent Order can be downloaded here…
On 18 March 2018, Asfordby Parish Council agreed to withdraw the Neighbourhood Plan. At an Extraordinary meeting held on 15 March, Asfordby Parish Council resolved to re-submit the Asfordby Neighbourhood Plan. This version of the Neighbourhood Plan is the same as the previously submitted Plan (October 2016) subject to minor modifications that provide for factual updates.
On 18th March 2018, Asfordby Parish Council submitted the draft Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan to Melton Borough Council for publication and after a six-week public consultation period it will be sent to an Independent Examiner. The Examiner will recommend that the Plan is submitted to a local referendum, or that it is modified to meet the ‘Basic Conditions’ and then submitted to a referendum, or that the Plan is refused. Melton Borough Council will arrange a referendum and, if the Plan is passed by a simple majority of those voting, the Council will adopt it.
When the Plan is adopted, it will form part of the statutory Development Plan for the area. Melton Borough Council will continue to be responsible for determining most planning applications, but the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan will be the basis for those decisions.
Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan: Basic Conditions Statement
The Basic Conditions Statement has been prepared to accompany the Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan. It explains how the proposed Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 as amended by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (The Regulations) and how the basic conditions of neighbourhood planning and other considerations as prescribed by Paragraph 8 of Schedule 48 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 have been met.
Asfordby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement
The Consultation Statement has been prepared to fulfil the legal requirements of Part 5, Section 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 by:
(a) detailing the persons and bodies who were consulted about the proposed neighbourhood development plan;
(b) outlining how these persons and bodies were consulted;
(c) providing a summary of the main issues and concerns raised;
(d) reviewing how these issues and concerns have been considered and, where relevant, addressed in the proposed neighbourhood development plan.