Explanation of the Project Plan
The Project Plan gives an approximate idea of the timings of developing the Neighbourhood Plan. It does not pretend to be exact, and many of the timings are not under our control, but it gives the expected order of events. This order may, however, be subject to change as we wish to remain flexible. Below is a more detailed explanation of these events.
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Neighbourhood Area Consultation
Once the Parish Council had given approval for a Neighbourhood Plan to go ahead, the District Council had to consult on the exact size of the geographical area of the Plan (in this case the whole Parish). After this consultation the Council gave its approval in June 2015 for the Plan to commence.
Neighbourhood Plan Launch
Sunday 13th December 2015 in the Village Hall. This is the official launch of the Neighbourhood Plan to the community. The idea is to introduce the Plan to villagers, and to get their feedback on the aspects they would like the Plan to cover. It is also hoped to formulate a Vision for King’s Cliffe in 2035 from this feedback which will, in turn, influence the Objectives and the Questionnaire.
Vision and Objectives
(See separate page on Vision and Objectives).
The Vision will be a brief statement on what the village hopes King’s Cliffe will be like in 2035. This will be decided from responses at the Launch, as well as evidence from the 2014 Village Plan. From this the Objectives (the main areas the Plan will deal with) can be decided. These Objectives will later lead to Policies which will be the practical means of realising the Vision.
This will be based around the Objectives, and will ask for opinions which will form the basis of the Policies. These Policies will later be used to decide on whether a development should be permitted or rejected.
Call for sites
Landowners in the Parish will be asked whether they have any development plans for the future. If they have, they will be invited to explain these. This call does not prevent landowners from putting forward ideas in the future.
Consultation on sites
Villagers will be consulted on the sites proposed by landowners. Only those which have the approval of a majority of villagers (of those who express an opinion) will go into the Plan. This does not prevent landowners subsequently putting in similar applications, but these applications will then be judged according to the Policies in the Plan.
Draft Plan prepared
Taking into account the Vision, Objectives, decisions over sites, and any other feedback and relevant information, the Steering Group will put together a draft Neighbourhood Plan based around a set of Policies.
Consultation on Draft Plan
Villagers will then be asked to comment on the Draft Plan, as will the Parish Council. At this stage we will take advice from outside experts on the validity of the Draft.
Amendments to Draft Plan
The Draft will be re-written to reflect the feedback from the consultation.
Submission of the Plan
The Plan will be submitted to the District Council. From this point the progress of the Plan is in the hands of the District Council.
The District Council (ENC) will carry out its own consultation. Villagers who are opposed to any aspects of the Plan can voice objections to ENC.
Neighbourhood Plan Examination
The Plan is formally examined by a government inspector.
Amendments to Plan
Changes recommended by the inspector’s report must be written into the Plan.
All villagers on the electoral role will be invited to vote whether to accept the Plan in a formal Referendum organised by the District Council.
The Plan now becomes a legal document, and any planning decision concerning the Parish must show reference to its policies. The Plan can be reviewed at intervals.