Neighbourhood planning

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.

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.

Winteringham 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 included a map identifying the proposed Neighbourhood Area and information on why this area is considered to be appropriate.

To ensure the application was brought to the attention of people living, working and doing business in Winteringham it was published for a period of consultation that ran until 4.30pm on Friday 20 September 2019. This was an opportunity for the community to let us know their views on the application and if they think it is an appropriate Neighbourhood Area.

The application and all comments are currently being considered by North Lincolnshire Council. A decision on the application will be made soon.

Winteringham is in the earliest stages of the plan-making process. Please contact the Parish Council if you would like to volunteer time to help develop the Neighbourhood Plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan was developed by a core of Steering Group members led by the parish council. The local community was engaged in the process following a number of consultation events, questionnaires, surveys and a Visioning Day. The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group made appropriate amendments to the Plan following a six-week Pre-Submission period of consultation held during February and March 2018. They then 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:

Independent examination

Following the Regulation 16 consultation the local authority appointed Intelligent Plans and Examinations (IPe) Ltd to carry out the independent examination of the plan. IPe nominated Patrick Whitehead DipTP (Nott) MRTPI as the ‘independent examiner’.

The Examiner considered whether the proposed neighbourhood plan met the basic conditions and other requirements set out by law. He considered 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:

Examiner Procedural Matters and Preliminary Questions [PDF, 388Kb]

North Lincolnshire Council and Appleby Parish Council response to the Examiner:

Response to Examiner Procedural Matters and Preliminary Questions [PDF, 466Kb]

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 met 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 recommended that the Plan, once modified, should proceed to Referendum on the basis that it met all the relevant legal requirements. He also concluded that the referendum area should not should extend beyond the designated area.

Appleby Neighbourhood Plan Final Report 29 January 2019 [PDF, 554Kb]

Referendum

The neighbourhood plan was found to be satisfactory with modifications, so North Lincolnshire Council arranged for the referendum to take place. The referendum was organised by the local authority’s elections unit and was 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?

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 now used by North Lincolnshire Council when we consider planning applications in Appleby Parish.

Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Notice [PDF, 10Kb]

Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2030 – Final Version [PDF, 4Mb]

Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2030 Appendices [PDF, 3Mb]

Result of Poll Appleby [PDF, 15Kb]

Adoption

A report has been prepared for 24 September 2019 Full Council to explain that the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan meets the requirements of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and, therefore, to recommend that it should be formally adopted by North Lincolnshire Council.

It will be the first neighbourhood plan to be formally adopted by North Lincolnshire Council.

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, 732Kb].

Neighbourhood Planning Progress

The Neighbourhood Planning Progress Table   [PDF, 341Kb] 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.

Neighbourhood Areas designated

View decision documents and details of the area below:

Area, decision document, designation notice and designation dates

Appleby
Barrow-upon-Humber
Brigg
Bonby
Elsham
Goxhill
Kirton-in-Lindsey
Saxby-all-Saints
South Ferriby
Winterton
Worlaby

For more information, please contact Spatial Planning:

spatial.planning@northlincs.gov.uk  01724 297485

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 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.

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.

Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Opinion [PDF, 991Kb]

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).

Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment Scoping Report [PDF, 6Mb]

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.

Brigg Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) ‘Screening’ Report [PDF, 2.31Mb]

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.

Worlaby Neighbourhood Plan Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) ‘Screening’ Report [PDF, 1Mb]

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