Newport, Quendon & Rickling
Neighbourhood Plan
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  11. Title 14
  12. Title 15

Regulation 14​​
Pre-submission Consultation

Next stage

Regulation 15
Submission of the Plan to UDC

Bringing the Neighbourhood Plan into Force

Regulation 14 – Pre-submission Consultation:
Consultation on the draft neighbourhood plan is closed and complete.

Regulation 15 - Submission of the Plan to Uttlesford District Council : (Stage not reached)
Following any amendments resulting from the Pre-Submission Consultation, we will submit our Submission Version to Uttlesford District Council under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, as amended.

On receiving our Submission Version and supporting documents, Uttlesford District Council is responsible for checking that the submitted neighbourhood plan has followed the proper legal process and for publicising the plan.

Regulation 16 – Consultation on Submitted Plan : (Stage not reached)
Publicity involves making the plan available for inspection and inviting anyone interested to comment on it by a specified date (not less than 6 weeks from it being publicised). UDC will also notify anyone referred to in the Consultation Statement that the plan has been received.

Regulation 17 - Independent Examination: (Stage not reached)
UDC will appoint an appropriately qualified and experienced person to carry out the independent examination of the neighbourhood plan, known as the ‘independent examiner’.  This appointment has to be agreed with the Steering Group.

The examiner will be considering whether the plan:
• has appropriate regard to national policy
• contributes to the achievement of sustainable development
• is in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
• is compatible with EU obligations
• meets human rights requirements.

Regulation 18 – Publication of Examiners Report: (Stage not reached)
Following the examination, the examiner will issue a report to UDC and the Steering Group. If the plan meets the basic conditions, the examiner will recommend that the plan proceed to the referendum stage. They may suggest modifications that are needed to be made to the plan, to ensure that it meets the basic conditions, before it can proceed to the referendum. It is the responsibility of UDC to make such modifications.

The examiner may conclude that the plan does not meet the basic conditions and that modification to make it meet the basic conditions is not possible. In that situation the examiner would recommend that the plan does not proceed to the referendum.

If the plan can proceed to referendum (with or without modifications) the examiner will be required to advise UDC on the referendum voting area. This may include people beyond the boundary of the neighbourhood area. It is the responsibility of UDC to cover the costs of the independent examination and referendum.

If the independent examiner recommends that the plan does not proceed to a referendum, it will be necessary to consider the reasons behind that recommendation and to consider whether the plan can be amended. This should be discussed with UDC. It may also be necessary to consult again with local partners or stakeholders.

Regulation 19 – Outcome of Referendum: (Stage not reached)
If the neighbourhood plan is found to be satisfactory, with modifications if necessary, then the UDC will arrange for the referendum to take place.

This will be organised by the elections unit and 28 working days before the date of the referendum, UDC is required to publish information about the final version of neighbourhood plan, the Referendum Version.

Then 25 working days before the date of the referendum, they are required to give notice that a referendum is taking place and the date of the poll.

The Steering Group may encourage voting and disseminate information on the proposed neighbourhood plan, within reasonable expense limits. Public money and parish councils can only produce factual material about the neighbourhood plan, not promote a ‘yes’ vote. However, members of both Newport Parish Council and Quendon & Rickling Parish Council and others may act independently, using independent funds, to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote.

The question that will be asked is as follows: Do you want UDC to use the neighbourhood plan for Newport Quendon & Rickling 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% of those voting in the referendum vote ‘yes’, then UDC is required to bring the plan into force.

Regulation 20 – Publicised Neighbourhood Plan : (Stage not reached)
Once a neighbourhood plan is brought into legal force, it forms part of the statutory Development Plan for that area.  

Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in the neighbourhood area will need to be made in accordance with the neighbourhood plan (as part of the statutory development plan), unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Having a plan in place is just part of the story – just as important is seeing those ambitions materialise as real changes on the ground.
Local Plan Context

  • A Neighbourhood Plan has to fit with the Local Plan of the district it is in.
  • The draft Uttlesford District Plan was rejected in late 2014.
  • Under that draft Local Plan, Uttlesford District Council had targeted us, particularly Newport, for mass homebuilding.
  • The rejection of the Local Plan has created uncertainty over our own Neighbourhood Plan, leading to some delays. Even though the Local Plan is still uncertain, now Newport, Quendon & Rickling can’t wait any longer.
  • We have fired up our own Neighbourhood Plan process and are moving at a pace.