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The Neighbourhood Plan is proceeding well and following much public consultation in 2012 the policies in the plan are being considered in detail. In the coming months these will be finalised and in December a draft document will be subject to further consultation. Once the views expressed are taken into account the document will be ready to be submitted for an independent examiner to review the document in February 2014. Once the examiner’s views are known and taken into account the Plan will be put to a referendum of all residents in Autumn 2014. If a majority of votes are in favour then the Plan is adopted as planning policy for the area.
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The secretary of state has dismissed an outline proposal for 120 homes, a care home and shops in Sussex, overriding an inspector’s view on the weight to be given to an emerging neighbourhood plan.
The six-hectare site lay outside a settlement boundary and was not allocated for housing. The secretary of state agreed with the inspector that the council had a significant shortfall in its five-year supply of housing land, so its housing land supply policy could not be considered to be up to date. He also agreed that the proposal would not significantly harm the area’s character or appearance or the setting of a listed building. The location was accessible through existing and proposed public transport, walking and cycling provision, he decided.
However, he also gave careful consideration to an emerging neighbourhood plan, which indicated that new homes in the settlement would only be permitted once drainage infrastructure issues had been resolved and that the village might accommodate 30 to 40 new homes.
The secretary of state also took into account the substantial progress made on the neighbourhood plan since the appeal inspector compiled her report. The plan had now been submitted to the council for examination. The terms of the National Planning Policy Framework and guidance meant it could now be given more weight, he decided. He considered it appropriate to give local people an opportunity to ensure that they got the right types of development for their community while also planning positively to support strategic development needs.
He therefore gave significant weight to the fact that the emerging neighbourhood plan had identified housing allocations elsewhere in the area. As the council had yet to complete an up-to-date objectively assessed housing needs analysis against which to measure the emerging neighbourhood plan proposals, he considered it appropriate to tip the planning balance in favour of them.
An application for 184 homes at Winsford in Cheshire has been rejected by the local council on the grounds that it conflicts with an emerging neighbourhood plan.
An application for 100 homes in an East Staffordshire village has been refused by the local council over fears that, if approved, the local community would abandon the area’s neighbourhood plan, which is due to go to a referendum.
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