Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council
Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan
Over the last few years local people have been helping shape the future of the parish through the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Boughton Monchelsea.
We recently consulted on the draft Neighbourhood Plan, to make sure it reflects the issues which matter to local people, in a way which meets the legal requirements for neighbourhood plans.
The consultation started on Friday 26th April 2019 and ended on Friday 7th June 2019.
There was a short presentation on the draft neighbourhood plan at the Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 21st May in the village hall.
You can view the draft neighbourhood plan below.
This consultation was the first part of the formal process which we hope will lead to the Plan becoming part of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning policies. As well as consulting residents we also consulted with the Borough and County councils as well as other organisations such as Natural England and the Environment Agency.
Your comments forms are now being reviewed and we will make any necessary changes to the Plan before submitting it to Maidstone Borough Council, who will arrange a further consultation followed by examination by an independent examiner. If the examiner is satisfied that the Plan meets all the legal requirements there will be a referendum of local people, and if the Plan is approved by the local community (51% of those who vote need to be in favour of the Plan) it will become part of Maidstone Borough Council’s planning policies and have weight in planning law when the Borough Council are deciding planning applications.
This may seem a complex process, but it is set out in national planning law and regulations to make sure that Neighbourhood Plans are properly considered and can have real status in making local planning decisions.
On behalf of the Parish Council can I thank you again for your input to date, and I hope we can rely on your continued input and support in progressing and getting our Neighbourhood Plan adopted, thus allowing us to properly influence and manage any future development in our parish.
Cllr Doug Smith
Chairman of Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council Planning Commit
Boughton Monchelsea comprises two wards, north and south. South ward consists of the village and outlying rural areas, including the hamlets of Wierton, The Quarries, Marlpit, Cock Street and Rabbits Cross. North ward comprises the newer developments off Brishing Lane and the new housing site at Langley Park.
Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council is the first tier of local government, with 15 Councillors. 11 of the members serve south ward and 4 serve the north. We meet every other month, usually at 7pm on the first Tuesday of the relevant month. We also hold regular Planning Committee meetings. Both Council and planning meetings are open to the public and press.
The Parish Council represents the local community, delivers services to meet local needs and aspires to improve quality of life for all our parishioners.