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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

*** Consultation is CLOSED ***       *** The consultation submissions have been published ***       *** Consultation is CLOSED ***

The consultation ran from Monday 5 July 2021 to Tuesday, 31 August 2021. It is now closed and the SurveyMonkey questionnaire has been deactivated.

A total of 136 questionnaire responses were returned. A few other submissions were made in email or letter formats. Those in other formats include the responses from statutory consultees, some letters/emails of objection, and some submissions of evidence.

All submissions made on paper have been transcribed into PDFs so that all responses can be published on the website in an accessible format.

Thank you to everyone who participated.

Work on preparing the schedule of responses to the comments and identifying where associated modifications are required to the draft Neighbourhood Plan will get underway shortly. The schedule of responses will be published on this page in due course.

Most participants supported the vision statement, the objectives and the proposed policies

Item Support Responses Oppose Responses Lead
(Support - Oppose)
Vision Statement 92%1%91%120 : 1
Objectives 90%4%86%23 : 1
RNP1 - Sustainable Development 91%3%88%28 : 1
RNP2 - Design Pinciples 92%4%88%22 : 1
RNP3 - Housing Provision 80%13%67%6 : 1
RNP4 - Windfall Housing 65%17%49%4 : 1
RNP5 - Affordable Housing 87%5%82%17 : 1
RNP6 - Redevelopment of Redundant Buildings in the Countryside 90%2%89%52 : 1
RNP7 - Safeguarding and Improvement of Community Facilities 92%1%91%107 : 1
RNP8 - Communication Technology 93%2%91%54 : 1
RNP9 - Transport Network and Parking Provision 89%5%84%17 : 1
RNP10 - Natural Environment and Landscape 93%1%92%108 : 1
RNP11 - Biodiversity and Green Infrastructure 89%1%88%102 : 1
RNP12 - The Leven Valley 89%1%88%103 : 1
RNP13 - Local Green Space 91%2%90%53 : 1
RNP14 - Significant Views 81%6%75%13 : 1
RNP15 - Protection and Enhancement of the Conservation Area 90%2%88%51 : 1

What was the purpose of the Regulation 14 Pre-submission consultation?

It was your opportunity to comment on and propose amendments to the Consultation Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan before it is submitted to the Local Planning Authority (Hambleton).

The consultation is a statutory requirement under Regulation 14. It states that before submission a plan must be publicised in the community.

Interested parties must be given the opportunity to inspect the plan and make representations for at least 6 weeks. We consulted on the Plan for 8 weeks.

If the Plan passes the examination process and is approved in a Parish Referendum, it will become part of the statutory development plan for the Parish.

How did we get to the Regulation 14 stage?

In 2016, following two public meetings each attended by over 200 residents, the Parish Council decided to start preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. This would enable residents to have influence over future development in the Parish.

You developed your Vision Statement through community workshops.

"The Parish will develop, but retain its unique identity, and be a strong, sustainable rural community with a thriving village at its heart. The village will remain distinct in character from nearby market towns and suburbs."

Almost 400 residents responsed to a questionnaire which gathered information about your preferences and priorities. The evidence base of the Plan has been developed and tested by your participation in a series of workshops and consultation events. Around 1/3 of the adult population of the Parish has participated in the development of the draft plan. Your participation has driven the choices made in reaching this stage.

An earlier version, the Pre-Consultation Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan was circulated to Hambleton and other statutory consultees to get feedback on technical aspects of the proposed polices. It was circulated in March 2020 just before COVID disrupted progress, consequently, it took 15 months to get to the Regulation 14 consultation stage. Revisions were made taking the feedback, and information arising from Hambleton's Local Plan examination into account. The result of those revisions is the Consultation Draft.

Where can you find more information about the Neighbourhood Plan?

You can access the draft plan and the main supporting documents from this webpage using the links below.

Further information is available on the Neighbourhood Plan Website

What happens next?

Now that the consultation has ended, all comments will be considered and the Neighbourhood Plan will be revised where appropriate. It will then be submitted to the local planning authority (Hambleton) for examination. All Regulation 14 representations will be published on the Neighbourhood Plan website.

You will also have an opportunity to comment on the Submission Draft of the Neighbourhood Plan during the Regulation 16 consultation which is carried out by the local planning authority.

If the Plan passes the examination procedure it will be the subject of a Referendum when the community will be asked whether the Plan is supported.