THE FUTURE – IN YOUR HANDS
Review of Public Consultation Feedback
The Regulation 14 Public Consultation phase of the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan closed at midnight on 28th March 2018. The Steering Group would like to thank all parish residents, businesses, clubs and societies as well as the statutory consultees for their feedback, and Future Dynamix for providing and hosting the online consultation portal for gathering feedback.
The Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan and Evidence Base can now be accessed through the links to the right of this page.
The Steering Group will now start the task of compiling and acknowledging all the feedback, followed by discussions on any changes required to the plan as a result of the feedback. We expect to provide updates on this review during this phase and will provide these through BisMonRopTis and the Neighbourhood Plan email distribution list. If you would like to receive the update emails and have not been receiving email reminders during the public consultation then you are not on our email distribution list, so please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting addition to the list.
Public Consultation Launch
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is pleased, no, deliriously happy to announce the launch of the public consultation phase of the Ropley Neighbourhood Plan. After almost three years the objectives and policies that have been drafted based on the results of the 2015 Village questionnaire have been approved by the Parish Council and are ready to be reviewed and commented on by everyone associated with Ropley Parish, including residents, businesses and landowners.
The public consultation formally commenced on 31st January 2018 and last for eight weeks until 28th March 2018.
January 2018 Update
This will probably be the last update on the Neighbourhood Plan before the Public Consultation phase, so most of this article will be dedicated to how to participate in that consultation. Before that here is an update of what has happened in the last couple of months.
We have completed the policies that will govern the Settlement Policy Boundaries, and reviewed the existing boundaries. Changes that we have proposed to these are being studied by EHDC for compliance with their methodology. We have also finalised the list of proposed Ropley Local Green Spaces and associated policies within the plan.
The Strategic Environmental Assessment on our draft plan and its policies has been delivered to us. They have recommended a few enhancements to the wording of our policies to ensure that they deliver the intentions of the plan, and these have been incorporated into the draft plan.
These final changes will be put to the Parish Council at their December and January meetings and provided that the draft plan is approved, the Public Consultation will be launched late in January.
Before the consultation, every house and business in Ropley parish will receive a postcard notifying them of the start of consultation. This card will include the following information:
- The start and end dates for the consultation
- The timings and locations of the planned public meeting and drop-in sessions
- Links to the web pages where the plan can be reviewed and feedback given
- Places where hard copies of the plan can be viewed and where feedback forms can be collected and delivered for those not online. The Consultation will be launched at a public meeting where full details of the plan, its policies and the ways you can provide feedback will be given, followed by a question and answer session. This meeting will take place on Tuesday 30th January 2018 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The consultation phase will last for eight weeks. Once ended, each piece of feedback will be acknowledged and then considered by the Neighbourhood Plan team and the Parish Council. If a change of the plan is felt to be warranted and is endorsed by the Parish Council it will be included in the final submission plan. After all feedback has been considered and any changes made, the plan will then be submitted to EHDC by the Parish Council. EHDC will then perform its own consultation on the plan with the statutory consultees, and then submit the plan to an external examiner for examination. Providing the plan passes these stages it will then be subject to parish wide referendum later in 2018.
- There will be an open Steering Group meeting in the small room at the Parish Hall on 15th January 2018 at 7.30pm, and you can always contact us at RopleyNP@outlook.com
- This is your opportunity to influence the final plan before it is submitted to EHDC for examination leading to the referendum, so please take the time to read the plan and tell us what you think – good or bad.
- Following the public meeting we would encourage all parishioners to read the plan and provide us with comments and feedback on the plan policies. This can be done either online or using forms that can be collected from the Courtyard Village Shop. If you have questions about the plan or would like to discuss any aspects of it in further detail during the consultation, we will have regular drop-in sessions on Saturday mornings during the consultation where members of the Steering Group can help you.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
It is a community-led project for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is not a tool to prevent development and it will not affect planning applications that have already been submitted. It may contain visions, aims, planning policies and proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development, or preventing specific types of development in specific locations.
Neighbourhood Plans have statutory authority. This gives them far more weight than some other local documents, such as parish plans, community plans and village design statements, and local authorities or planning inspectors have to make decisions on the basis of the polices contained in the Neighbourhood Plan
The scope and complexity of a plan can vary. It could be wide-ranging, or deal with just one or two issues only. We’ve gone for just one issue to start with, housing. This is to play catch-up and tie in with EHDC publishing their new planning policy, due in December 2015.
Why Bother With The Neighbourhood Plan?
We could leave everything to the EHDC planners in Penns Place. But beware; many of the surrounding villages to Ropley are already working on producing their own Neighbourhood Plans. Any villages or settlements without one are more at risk of future over development and less able to influence future housing allocations and infrastructure development.