We know that it is already one month old, but may we take this opportunity to wish everybody in Westbourne a very happy new year. We trust it has begun auspiciously.
On January 6th, the second pre-submission consultation period came to an end and we would like to thank all those of you took the trouble to attend the Drop-in Day in November and/or send in your comments. These have been added to several received from a number of statutory consultees and developers who have also commented on the Plan. It will probably come as no surprise to you that developers would like to build more houses than the 25 allocated to the Parish in the CDC Local Plan, something that we have been, and still are, at pains to prevent.
We are now working our way through every single comment, making decisions as to where changes to the Plan are needed. We are determined to ensure that, as far as possible, the wishes of the Parish – as communicated through the comprehensive consultation process – are respected whilst, at the same time, making sure that the Plan does not conflict with either the National Planning Policy Framework or the CDC Local Plan. Were it to do so, the Plan would not be given a green light when it goes to independent examination later this year.
We are hoping that any necessary amendments to the Plan will be in place by March and that it can then be submitted to CDC, who will undertake their own consultation. The NP will then be passed to the independent examiner and will finally go to referendum, when the people of Westbourne will be asked to decide whether or not they would like the NP to become an important addition to local planning law.
It seems to us an awful long time since we embarked upon this journey in 2013, but we are confident that having a neighbourhood plan in place will be of great benefit to the Parish, both in the present and the future. Never before has so much information been gathered and documented, as you will see if you go to http://www.westbournepc.org/downloads/. Should you wish to view a hard copy of the documentation, please contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. This can be done via the parish clerk (07775 654483; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will continue to keep you informed as the NP goes through the final stages necessary to render it a statutory document. Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us: remember it is your Plan.
Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group