The Localism Act 2011 brought about reforms to the planning system in England which give communities more control and influence over their area and how it should develop. The main tool for doing this is the community-led Neighbourhood Plan.
- Your Neighbourhood, Your Plan – Developing Neighbourhood Plans – A Guide [PDF, 525Kb]
- Neighbourhood Planning – Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 48Kb]
Neighbourhood planning allows residents, employees and businesses to come together through a local town or parish council, or neighbourhood forum, to say where, for example, they think new houses, businesses and shops should go and what they should look like.
Neighbourhood planning is not compulsory nor should it be used as a means to stop development. Any plans must be broadly in line with the Local Plan for the area.
The Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been formally submitted to North Lincolnshire Council.
The Plan has been developed by a core of Steering Group members led by the parish council. The local community has been engaged in the process following a number of consultation events, questionnaires, surveys and a Visioning Day. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has made appropriate amendments to the Plan following a six-week Pre-Submission period of consultation held during February and March 2018. They have now submitted a final version of the Plan to North Lincolnshire Council for consideration.
Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 relates to publicising a plan proposal. Local stakeholders were encouraged to tell the Local Planning Authority what they thought about the chapters, sections and policies in the Plan. Comments were invited over a six-week period that finished on Friday 9 November 2018.
A copy of the Submission Draft Plan and all the supplementary documents can be found below:
Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Supplementary Documents:
- Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Appendices
- Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement [PDF, 4Mb]
- Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement [PDF, 4Mb]
- Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan SEA Scoping Report [PDF, 6Mb]
- Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Conservation Area Design Statement [PDF, 768Kb]
- Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Parish Design Statement [PDF, 714Kb]
Following the Regulation 16 consultation the local authority has appointed Intelligent Plans and Examinations (IPe) Ltd to carry out the independent examination of the neighbourhood plan. IPe have nominated Patrick Whitehead DipTP (Nott) MRTPI as the ‘independent examiner’.
The local authority has sent to the independent examiner the plan and supporting information and also a copy of any comments received during the publicity period. The examiner will take these comments into account insofar as they relate to the remit of the examination.
Normally, the independent examination will be conducted by written representations. However, if necessary, the examiner may invite interested parties to a public hearing to present their comments. This might be necessary to examine an issue in more depth or to ensure fairness.
The examiner will consider whether the proposed neighbourhood plan meets the basic conditions and other requirements set out by law. In addition, they will consider whether the voting area for the referendum should be for the neighbourhood area or a wider area (if the plan is likely to have wider impacts).
The examiner will be considering whether the plan:
- has regard to national policy;
- contributes to the achievement of sustainable development;
- is in general conformity with the adopted strategic policies for the local area;
- is compatible with EU obligations; and
- meets human rights requirements.
Following the submission of the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan for examination, the examiner wrote to North Lincolnshire Council and Appleby Parish Council to clarify several initial procedural matters and to ask preliminary questions, as follows:
North Lincolnshire Council and Appleby Parish Council response to the Examiner:
The examiner’s report
From his examination of the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan and its supporting documentation including the representations made the Examiner concluded that, subject to the policy modifications set out in the report below, the Plan meets the Basic Conditions.
The Examiner also concluded that:
- The Plan has been prepared and submitted for examination by a qualifying body – Appleby Parish Council;
- The Plan has been prepared for an area properly designated: the Appleby Neighbourhood area shown on the map on page 6 of the Neighbourhood Plan;
- The Plan specifies the period to which it is to take effect: 2015-2030; and
- The policies relate to the development and use of land for a designated neighbourhood area.
The Examiner recommends that the Plan, once modified, proceeds to Referendum on the basis that it has met all the relevant legal requirements.
He also considered whether the referendum area should extend beyond the designated area to which the Plan relates, and concluded that it should not.
The neighbourhood plan is found to be satisfactory with modifications, so North Lincolnshire Council is now arranging for the referendum to take place. The council is required to publish information about the neighbourhood plan 28 working days before the date of the referendum. Then, 25 working days before the date of the referendum, the council is required to give notice that a referendum is taking place and the date of the poll. The referendum is being organised by the local authority’s elections unit and will be held on Thursday 21 March 2019 to decide on the following question:
Do you want North Lincolnshire Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Appleby Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?
People on the electoral register will be entitled to vote in the referendum. If more than 50 per cent of those voting in the referendum vote ‘yes’ the neighbourhood plan becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area. It will then be used by North Lincolnshire Council when we consider planning applications in Appleby Parish.
More than 50 per cent of those voting in the referendum voted ‘yes’, so the neighbourhood plan becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area. It is the first neighbourhood plan to be adopted in North Lincolnshire and will now be used by North Lincolnshire Council when we consider planning applications in Appleby Parish.
Result of Poll Appleby [PDF, 15Kb]
Designation of a Neighbourhood Area
The Neighbourhood Plan for developing Kirton in Lindsey over the next 10 to 15 years has been given the go ahead by North Lincolnshire Council.
Kirton in Lindsey Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group submitted an application to the council to have their specified area officially designated as a ‘Neighbourhood Area’. After a six week consultation in which local residents had their say on the application, the council formally approved it on 20 February 2019.
The Steering Group can now progress with the Neighbourhood Plan that could include setting out where new homes are built or which areas of open space are protected or enhanced, or what local facilities are needed in the future.
Following the designation of the Neighbourhood Area, work can progress on putting together the Neighbourhood Plan for Kirton in Lindsey. As the plan emerges there will be several opportunities for local people to have their say and provide input.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is holding their first consultation event on Thursday 28th March in the Town Hall (1:00pm – 8:00pm) in order to gauge local interest and to collect ideas, opinions and evidence. The Group hopes that as many local people as possible turn up to provide views on how Kirton should develop into the future.
Kirton in Lindsey Notification of Designation [PDF, 369Kb]
Application to designate a Neighbourhood Area
Goxhill Parish Council submitted a Neighbourhood Area application to North Lincolnshire Council requesting that the parish council boundary be designated as a Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. The application includes a map identifying the proposed Neighbourhood Area and information on why this area is considered to be appropriate.
Goxhill is in the earliest stages of the plan making process. At the moment, a small team of volunteers are helping to get the Neighbourhood Planning process off the ground. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has not yet been officially formed but will be soon. If you would like to volunteer time to help develop the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact the Parish Council.
To ensure the application is brought to the attention of people living, working and doing business in Goxhill it will be published for a period of consultation running until 4.30pm on Friday 19 April 2019. This is an opportunity to let us know your views on the application and if you think it is an appropriate Neighbourhood Area.
The application and all comments received during this consultation will be considered by North Lincolnshire Council. A decision on the application will be made as soon as possible following the end of the consultation period.
We look forward to receiving your comments on the application to designate a neighbourhood area:
Neighbourhood Plans map
If you would like to know if a Neighbourhood Area has been designated or a Neighbourhood Development Plan is in production near you please view the Neighbourhood Area Map [PDF, 4Mb].
Neighbourhood Planning Progress
The Neighbourhood Planning Progress table [PDF, 221Kb] shows the dates when Areas were Designated.
The Neighbourhood Planning Settlement Summary [PDF, 256Kb] explains the current position for towns and villages that are either progressing a Plan or have decided not to progress a Plan at the present time.
Application to designate a Neighbourhood Area
Kirton in Lindsey Town Council submitted a Neighbourhood Area application to North Lincolnshire Council on 17 July 2018. Once the application has received formal approval it will undergo a six-week public consultation to allow the local community to comment on its contents. This is the first stage in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.
Neighbourhood Areas designated
View decision documents and details of the area below:
|Area||Decision document||Designation notice||Designation date|
|Appleby||Decision Document||Designation Notice||18 December 2014|
|Barrow-upon-Humber||Decision Document||Designation Notice||11 April 2018|
|Brigg||Decision Document||Designation Notice||18 December 2014|
|Bonby||Decision Document||Designation Notice||4 August 2014|
|Elsham||Decision Document||Designation Notice||4 August 2014|
|Saxby all Saints||Decision Document||Designation Notice||10 November 2014|
|South Ferriby||Decision Document||Designation Notice||4 August 2014|
|Winterton||Decision Document||Designation Notice||8 July 2014|
|Worlaby||Decision Document||Designation Notice||4 August 2014|
For more information, please contact Spatial Planning:
An NDO grants planning permission for all or certain uses in a specific location within the Neighbourhood Plan Area.
Neighbourhood Development Orders – Fact Sheet [PDF, 55Kb]
In addition, Community Right to Build Orders could be available as a means of providing community-led site development.
Community Right to Build Orders – Fact Sheet [PDF, 59Kb]
In North Lincolnshire, neighbourhood planning can be led by town or parish councils, or bodies called Neighbourhood Forums (where town or parish councils do not exist).
To get started you must apply to have your area and forum (if appropriate) officially designated. Please use the appropriate form below.
Neighbourhood Area Status application
- Neighbourhood Area Designation Application Form [PDF, 74Kb]
- Neighbourhood Area Designation Guidance Note [PDF, 594Kb]
Neighbourhood Forum application
Applications for Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum status will be advertised on this page for six weeks to allow comments to be made.
Where a neighbourhood plan is likely to have a significant effect on the environment a strategic environmental assessment must be carried out and an environmental report prepared. A qualifying body (town council, parish council or forum) must also show how its plan will contribute to achieving sustainable development: a sustainability appraisal could be a useful approach for doing this.
- Strategic Environmental Assessment – Background Information for Qualifying Bodies [PDF, 139Kb]
- Neighbourhood Plans, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Other Environmental Assessments – Fact Sheet [PDF, 71Kb]
- Neighbourhood Plans and Habitats Regulations Assessment – Fact Sheet [PDF, 52Kb]
The Background Information for Qualifying Bodies explains the SEA process for town councils, parish councils or neighbourhood forums. It should be read in conjunction with the SEA for the relevant Neighbourhood Plan.
We have a duty to support communities in North Lincolnshire that wish to do neighbourhood planning, so contact us for a discussion and advice.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment ‘screening’ report of the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan was produced in May 2017 to decide whether the Plan might have significant environmental effects and to determine whether a full environmental assessment is required.
The report concludes that a full SEA of the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan is required to fully consider the environmental impact of its proposals, especially with regards to the Risby Warren SSSI and Broughton Wood SSSI (Site of Specific Scientific Interest).
A Strategic Environmental Assessment ‘Screening’ Report of the Brigg Neighbourhood Plan was undertaken to decide whether the Plan might have significant environmental effects and to determine whether a full environmental assessment is required. The report concludes that a full SEA of the Brigg Neighbourhood Plan is required to fully consider the environmental impact of its proposals.
A Strategic Environmental Assessment ‘screening’ report of the Worlaby Parish Neighbourhood Plan was produced in February 2018 to decide whether the Plan might have significant environmental effects and to determine whether a full environmental assessment is required.
The report concludes that a full SEA at a level commensurate with the plan is required as, in the absence of a draft Plan, it is not clear how any proposed development could impact on the environment.