The Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan

Charnwood Borough Council: Wolds Neighbourhood Plan Pre-examination Consultation

Important Notice: Charnwood Borough Council has received an amended version of the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan.

The amendment relates to Policy WV1 Landscape Character and Locally Important Views on page 13. To ensure that stakeholders have the opportunity to comment on the amended version of the Plan, the 6 week consultation will be restarted. The consultation will now run from Monday September 23 until Monday November 4, 2019.

The amended Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed below:

The supporting documents listed below (B-H) remain the same.

Pre-examination consultation

UPDATED CONSULTATION INFORMATION: The consultation on the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan will restart on Monday 23rd September and will run until Monday 4th November. Should you have any queries regarding the Neighbourhood Plan or its submission then please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01509 634929 or email localplans@charnwood.gov.uk.

Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council and Hoton Parish Council, through the Joint Neighbourhood Plan Committee, has prepared a joint Neighbourhood Plan for their parishes.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents have been submitted to Charnwood Borough Council for the purpose of consultation, examination and, if appropriate, a referendum ahead of it being 'made' (adopted) as part of the local plan for the area.

Charnwood Borough Council has considered the Plan against the statutory requirements set out in paragraph 6 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) and is satisfied that these have been met and it can proceed to consultation.

The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents submitted are available below:

The plan will now be formally consulted upon for a period of 6 weeks from Wednesday 28th August to Wednesday 9th October 2019. Any representations that are made on the Plan will be forwarded to an independent Examiner who will then undertake an examination of the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available for inspection at the following locations:

Any comments made on the Neighbourhood Plan and/or supporting documents should be sent to Charnwood Borough Council together with your name and address by email to localplans@charnwood.gov.uk or in writing to:

Planning Policy
Charnwood Borough Council
Council Offices
Southfield Road
Loughborough
LE11 2TN

Formal representations should be received by Charnwood Borough Council by no later than Wednesday October 9, 2019 using the contact details above.

Should you have any queries regarding the Neighbourhood Plan or its submission then please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01509 634929 or email localplans@charnwood.gov.uk.

Neighbourhood area designation

A consultation on an application for designation as a joint neighbourhood area by Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council and Hoton Parish Council ended on the September 23, 2014.

This is the first stage of preparing a neighbourhood plan.

The application has now been approved and the Parish Councils have been notified so that they can move to the next stage of preparing their plan. Their application can be viewed below:

The Neighbourhood Area can be viewed below:

Further information on the Neighbourhood Plan will be posted here as it becomes available.

If you have any questions please contact Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council by email burtonclerk@gmail.com or 01509 880471 or Hoton Parish Council by email hotonparishcouncil@googlemail.com or 01509 881447.

Submission

In accordance with Part 5 Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 as amended by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (The Regulations), the draft Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Charnwood Borough Council on 19th August 2019. The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be accessed here:

Charnwood Borough Council will arrange a six-week consultation which will take place before it is sent to an independent Examiner. The Examiner will either recommend that:

i. the Plan is submitted to a referendum;

ii. is modified to meet the 'Basic Conditions' and then submitted to a referendum; or

iii. the Plan is refused.

If the Examiner is satisfied, Charnwood Borough Council will arrange a referendum. If the Plan is approved by a simple majority of those voting in the referendum, the Borough Council will adopt it.

Joint Neighbourhood Plan Committee

Hoton Parish Council and Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council set up a joint Committee to oversee the production of the Neighbourhood Plan. The committee consists of both Parish Councillors and members of the public.

Consultation and Engagement

The Consultation Statement demonstrates how we engaged the community and others in shaping the development of the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan. Further details are set out below.

Public information open event - Burton on the Wolds

This was the first consultation event held as part of the process of preparing the Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan. It took place on 20 March 2015, 2.00pm to 8.00pm at Burton on the Wolds Village Hall.

Public information open event - Hoton

Following the first Open Event in Burton on the Wolds, this second event was held in Hoton Village Hall to help engage the residents of Hoton. It took place on 10 June 2015, 3.00pm to 8.00pm.

Local Business Survey/Stakeholder Meeting

The Rural Communities Council (RCC) was commissioned by the Wolds Villages Joint Neighbourhood Plan Committee to organise and independently facilitate a consultation workshop of key local stakeholders. Prior to the event an initial survey of local businesses was undertaken with the results fed into the Stakeholder Meeting. Eight responses were received to the survey of local businesses. 32 participated in the Stakeholder Meeting on 23 September 2015.

Questionnaire

In March 2016 a questionnaire survey of local households and businesses was undertaken to identify the key issues that the neighbourhood plan needs to look at. It provided an opportunity for local people to have a further say about the future of their area. A total of 388 completed questionnaires were received to this survey.

Young Persons Questionnaire

In May 2016, a Young Person's questionnaire was undertaken for all those aged 11 to 17 years, inviting views of what they thought about where they live and what changes they would like to see. 5 completed questionnaires were received from residents of Burton on the Wolds.

Public Meeting

The Joint Neighbourhood Planning Committee prepared a document that looked at the key issues and options that the Neighbourhood Plan needs to address. It is also provided several options to address these issues. A public meeting was arranged in January 2017 to address and discuss these matters.

Pre-Submission Consultation

Under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, a pre-submission consultation period on the proposed Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan ran from Monday 13 August 2018 to Monday 24 September 2018.

A copy of the Pre-Submission Draft of the Neighbourhood Development Plan was available to download and a summary of the Draft Plan was delivered to all premises within the area. 'Drop in' sessions concerning the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan also took place.

All representations and comments received have been considered and used to amend the draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Plan Evidence

The Wolds Villages Neighbourhood Plan Area

The Wolds Villages were designated as a Neighbourhood Area on 5 October 2014. The Plan is being prepared jointly by the two parish councils and covers the period to 2028. The Qualifying Body is Burton on the Wolds, Cotes and Prestwold Parish Council.

National Planning Policy Framework

The revised National Planning Policy Framework was updated on 19 February 2019 and sets out the government's planning policies for England and how these are expected to be applied.

The planning practice guidance to support the framework is published online.

The Local Plan

The adopted Local Plan for Charnwood is made up of the Charnwood Local Plan 2011 to 2028 Core Strategy (2015) and the saved policies from the Borough of Charnwood Local Plan (2004).

Charnwood Borough Council is in the process of preparing a new Local Plan for the borough for the period up to 2036.

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