What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan is a document which forms a supplement to the section of the Local Authority’s ‘Core Strategy’ relating to planning policy within your local area.
The area defined for the plan was set out in the application submitted to Sedgemoor District Council on the 22nd June 2012, and was defined as the Cheddar Parish boundary.
After being registered for the requisite 6 week period, and having had no objections raised by members of the public, it was deemed to be registered. The registration date was the 31st August 2012.
The Parish NP Committee have now conducted a ‘Housing Needs Assesment’, a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise, a ‘Business Survey’, along with several consultation events with the local community. Information gathered from these events has been used to inform the Neighbourhood Plan steering committee of the wishes and needs of the local community and local business’s. Feedback obtained shaped the formation of the plan and the next stage of this process, is the production of the full Neighbourhood Planning document.
Once complete, this document will be subject to further scrutiny by statutary consultees, and when the final draft is produced, it will be submitted for independent scrutiny, before being put forward for a full referendum by local residents.
Provided over 50% of respondents are in favour of the final plan, it will then be approved, and become part of the Local Authority’s primary guidance documents, and it will become part of its guidance when considering future planning requirements, and making decisions relating to the Cheddar area.