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.
Colchester Borough Council has received both the Eight Ash Green and West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plans Submission documents for publication in accordance with Part 5 Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
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.
The Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents (a) - (e) listed below accord with Part 5 Regulation 15 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
a) Map showing the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Area
b) Prposed Neighbourhood Plan
c) Basic Conditions Statement
d) Consultation Statement
e) Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment Report
View these documents here
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/.
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.
The West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents (a) - (e) listed below accord with Part 5 Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
a) Map showing the West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Area
b) Proposed Neighbourhood Plan
c) Basic Condition Statement
e) West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment Report
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/.
The consultations on both the Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan and West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan will run for 6 weeks between 22nd January 2019 and 5th March 2019. Please note that the consultations will close on 5th March 2019.
Comments can be made online, via our consultation portal using the links below:
Eight Ash Green Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan Consultation
Alternatively please send your completed response form with your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download an email/printable form here
Colchester Borough Council
Planning Policy Team,
33 Sheepen Road,
Hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plans are available at the Council Offices at Rowan House, Sheepen Road, Colchester CO3 3WG or by contacting either Eight Ash Green Parish Council or West Bergholt Parish Council.
Any representations may include a request to be notified of the local planning authority's decision under regulation 19 in relation to the Nighbourhood Plans.
Following the completion of the consultation for both plans all responses received will be sent directly to the appointed Independent Neighbourhood Plan Examiner who will determine whether the Plans staifies the basic conditions. If the Neighbourhood Plans passes the Examination, it can then progress to the Referendum stage.
More details regarding the Examinations will be provided here soon.
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.
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.
The Examination has commenced, and this will be updated with new information and the Examiners Report when it is available.
The responses received to the Regulation 16 consultation have been sent to the Examiner appointed to consider the Wivenhoe Neighbourhood Plan.
The Examiner is Ann Skippers BSc (Hons) MRTPI FRSA AoU.
All examination documents, including an Examination Note and note to the Qualifying Body can be viewed in the link below. Any further Examination correspondence will also be added to this page/folder as required.
The Examiner has submitted a list of queries to the Qualifying Body and Local Planning Authority. The response to these queries has been provided to the Examiner from the Qualifying Body and Colchester Borough Council. An Appropriate Assessment has been prepared and has been published for consultation.
The Government published a revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 24 July 2018 and in relation to the this, the Examiner has released an information note.