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Assington Neighbourhood Plan

The Assington Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is being prepared by Assington Parish Council and the local community and, when completed, will be used to help guide and shape future development in the plan area.

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Reg 16 Submission Consultation (24 Aug 2020 – 16 Oct 2020)

In accordance with Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations, 2012 (as amended) the District Council is now undertaking formal consultation on the content of the submitted Assington NDP to see if it fulfils the Basic Conditions as required by Paragraph 8(1)(a)(2) of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (inserted by the Localism Act 2011).

The consultation period will run from Monday 24 August 2020 and will close at 4:00pm on Friday 16 October 2020 - as set out in the attached Public Notice

The Parish Council (as the qualifying body) have formally submitted the following documents to the District Council:

An assessment as to whether the Assington NDP fulfils the Basic Conditions will be undertaken by an Independent Examiner. A initial check has been undertaken to confirm that the relevant requirements have been met at this stage. View the Regulation 15 Checklist

Written comments only (preferably using the Consultation Response Form) should be sent by post or e-mail using the contact details provided. Your representation may also include a request to be notified of the District Council’s decision whether or not to make the Plan.

All representations received will be forwarded to the Independent Examiner. You should note that your comments cannot be treated as confidential and, with the exception of personal contact details, will be published on this website at the end of the consultation period.


What can I comment on at this stage?

At this stage you can comment on the submitted plan and its policies. It is important for you to remember that, as the Examiner will only be able to recommend changes to the plan necessary to ensure that it meets the Basic Conditions you should consider in particular whether the plan meets these. The Basic Conditions Statement submitted with the proposed plan sets out how the Parish Council considers they have met the tests.

I commented on the draft plan during an earlier consultation. Do I need to repeat those comments?

All of the issues raised in response to the Pre-submission consultation stage should be referred to in the Consultation Statement. As a result, the Examiner will be aware of those comments so you do not need to repeat them. However, if any changes have been made to the Plan since the last consultation, and these raise new issues or affect the points you made last time, you might want to send in further comments. All comments made at this stage will be sent on to the Examiner.

What happens next?

At the end of the consultation period the Parish Council will be given an opportunity to consider and respond if they wish to do so to any representations made before the Plan is submitted for Examination. It will be down to the Examiner to decide how they wish to undertake this process. The Examiner may choose to rely upon the written representations made but could call a public hearing if it is beneficial to do so. The Examiner will consider whether the Plan meets the Basic Conditions or whether further modifications need to be made for it to do so. The Examiner will also decide if the Plan can proceed to the Referendum stage.

Previous stages...

SEA / HRA Screening & Determination (May 2020)

The Pre-submission draft version of the NDP was assessed to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) were required. The outcome of this exercise was that the need for an SEA Scoping Report and/or HRA Scoping Report were both 'screened-out'. A copy of the relevant reports and Notices of Determination are published below:

Reg 14 Pre-submission Consultation (15 Feb - 30 Mar 2020)

Pre-submission consultation took place between 15 February and 30 March 2020. Visit the Parish Council's Neighbourhood Plan webpage for more details.

Reg 05 Area Designation (29 June 2018)