The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Localism Act 2011 gives local communities the ability to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. Refer to detailed national guidance for more information. http://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning--2
Neighbourhood Plans can be prepared by the local town or parish council or by a Neighbourhood Plan Forum within non-parished areas. They allow local people to set out future changes in their area by creating policies to help influence local factors including the right type of development for their community, whilst meeting the needs of the wider area.
A number of Parishes across Colchester Borough are taking the opportunity to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. Adopted Plans are already in place for Boxted and Myland & Braiswick. Plans are also currently being prepared for, Eight Ash Green, Great Tey, Marks Tey, Tiptree, West Bergholt, Wivenhoe and West Mersea. Areas have also been designated for Copford with Easthorpe and Stanway with the parishes considering progressing Plans for these areas.
View Information and Progress on these plans here.
Following receipt of the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents in accordance with Part 5 Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, a six week consultation ran from 5th February 2018 to 19th March 2018.
View these documents here
The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how Wivenhoe residents and businesses would like the parish to develop over the next 15 years up to 2033. A number of documents were available for the consultation.
All examination documents, including an Examination Note and note to the Qualifying Body can be viewed in the link below.
The Independent Examiner Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU, of the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan has now concluded the examination of the plan. The Independent Examiner has considered the submitted documents and comments made during the consultation period.
The Examiners Report has now been received and can be viewed with the referendum documents.
The Referendum documents include:
The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Development Plan Draft
The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan – Report of Examination (Report of the independent examiner)
Summary of the representations submitted to the independent examiner
Basic Conditions and Compliance Statement
A statement that sets out general information about town and country planning including neighbourhood planning and the referendum
The Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how Wivenhoe residents and businesses would like the parish to develop over the 15 years up to 2033.
A referendum on the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan will be held on 2nd May 2019.
The referendum asks you to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ for one question.
‘Do you want Colchester Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Wivenhoe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’
A person is entitled to vote in the referendum on 2nd May 2019 if:
If more than 50% of individuals vote ‘yes’ in the referendum, Colchester Borough Council will ‘make’ the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan would then form part of the Statutory Development Plan and will help determine planning applications in the Wivenhoe neighbourhood area.
More information about the referendum can be found via Elections.
Following receipt of the Eight Ash Green and West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan submission documents, in accordance with Part 5 Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, a six week consultation ran from 22nd January 2019 to 5th March 2019.
An Independent Examiner has been appointed to examine both the Eight Ash Green and West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plans. The Examiner is Jeremy Edge BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRICS. The Responses received to the Regulation 16 consultation have been sent to the Examiner to consider both the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan and Eight Ash Green Neigbourhood Plan.
The examination commenced in April 2019 for West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, this will be updated with examination documents and new information as the examination progresses. The date of commencement for the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan will be provided in due course.
The Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how Eight Ash Green residents and businesses would like the parish to develop over the next 15 years up to 2033.
View Eight Ash Green documents here
Eight Ash Green Examination Documents
The West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan sets out the planning framework about how West Bergholt residents and businesses would like parish to develop over the next 15 years up to 2033.
View West Bergholt documents here
West Bergholt Examination Documents
More information on the background to the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan and further supporting documents are available on the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan web site - http://eightashgreen.net/.
More information on the background to the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan and further supporting documents are available on the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan web site -http://westbergholt.net/neighbourhood-plan/2019-submission-for-regulation-16-ratification/.
Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Consultation