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Neighbourhood Plan

Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan 

Following the Neighbourhood Plan referendum on 6th May 2021 we are pleased to report that the plan passed referendum with 89% voting yes.

The results are available on Maidstone Borough Council's Neighbourhood Planning pages: https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/neighbourhood-planning

The next steps are to present the results of the referendum to Maidstone Borough Council's Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee on 8th June with a recommendation that Full Council ‘make’ the Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan. 

In line with Section 38 (3A) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, the Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan is now part of development plan for Maidstone Borough.

Thank you for all your support over the last few years.

Cllr Doug Smith

Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan

Update 11th February 2021

Work on Boughton Monchelsea’s NHP started in 2012. Following various consultations and some minor modifications requested by the government examiner, the plan went before MBC’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure committee this week. After complimenting the plan, the following motion was approved :

1. The modifications to the Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Development Plan as set out in the examiner’s report be agreed

2. The Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Development Plan proceeds to local referendum.

Following a successful referendum, a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the local development plan. When a local plan authority agrees to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, the plan becomes a significant material consideration in decision making. This is what happened at this week's MBC meeting and is a great step forward in making sure that the views of local people are taken into account in planning decisions.

It has taken the Parish Council 9 years to get to this point, with many members of the community, current and past Parish Councillors and consultants being involved. The referendum is due to take place later this year and assuming there is a simple majority in favour, the NHP will be adopted by MBC as part of their development plan and will be given full weight in planning decisions, as set out in law.

We are very pleased to be able to report this good news and would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout this long process.

Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan

Update December 2020

We have recently received the report of the independent Examiner into the Neighbourhood Plan. We are delighted that he has recommended that the Plan, with some amendments, proceed to local referendum.

Now that the report has been received, the Neighbourhood Plan will be given “significant weight” by MBC in planning decisions in the parish. This is a great step forward in making sure that the views of local people are taken into account in planning decisions.

We would like to thank all the local people and volunteers who have worked on the Neighbourhood Plan and supported it through to this important stage.     

The Examiner has endorsed our approach to planning policies for the protection of landscape and encouragement of biodiversity in the parish, for the design of new houses, protection of heritage assets, for reducing light pollution from new development, and other issues which local people consider important. He has recommended some amendments to make the Plan clearer and more aligned with national and local MBC planning policy, and it is normal for Examiners to make some recommended changes to neighbourhood plans.

You can read the Examiner’s Report below.

It is also available on the MBC website.

What Happens Next?    

MBC’s Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee will formally consider the Examiner’s recommendations. We anticipate this will be early in 2021. If agreed, the amended Neighbourhood Plan will proceed to a local referendum organised by MBC and involving voters in the parish. National Covid 19 regulations mean that this will not be before May 2021 at the earliest. 

If there is a positive vote for the Neighbourhood Plan it will be adopted by MBC as a part of their development plan and will be given full weight in planning decisions as set out in law.   

Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan

Update October 2020

The Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan has now reached the stage of formal Examination.

The recent consultation carried out by Maidstone Borough Council under national regulations closed on 28th September, and all the representations received have been sent to the independent Examiner, Mr Derek Stebbing.  

Mr Stebbing, who was appointed by Maidstone Borough Council with the agreement of Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council, is an experienced planner and neighbourhood plan Examiner.  He will consider all the representations made during the recent consultation, and check that the Boughton Monchelsea Neighbourhood Plan complies with all legal requirements.  He will then report to Maidstone Borough Council. We have received an initial procedural letter from the Examiner which you can find below.

You can see all the representations made at

https://localplan.maidstone.gov.uk/home/neighbourhood-planning/boughton-monchelsea-neighbourhood-plan-regulation-16-consultation-august-2020  

You can see all the documents which the Parish Council submitted below, and here is a brief explanation of each.

Neighbourhood Plan draft March 2020  – this sets out planning policies which, if we are successful in the independent Examination and subsequent referendum, will be used by MBC to help make planning decisions in the parish.

Consultation Statement  and Appendices 2019 – this describes all the community consultation the Parish Council have carried out on the Plan as it was drafted, and how your comments have shaped its contents.   

Basic Conditions Statement  2020 -  a Neighbourhood Plan  has to meet various legal requirements, known as the “Basic Conditions”.  This document explains how the Plan complies.  It also lists all the publicly available sources of information used to help develop the Plan.  

Environmental Statement 2019 – this is another legal requirement, and it explains why key national bodies consider that the Plan does not require a Strategic Environmental Assessment or a Habitats Regulation Assessment.

We have also submitted key pieces of information and reports which were compiled specifically for Boughton Monchelsea to help us develop the Plan:

Colvin and Moggridge, Boughton Monchelsea Landscape Management and Masterplan 2018 – this report was prepared by landscape architects to help the Parish Council understand, maintain and improve the landscape of the parish in partnership with landowners.  

Colvin and Moggridge, Boughton Monchelsea Priority Local Landscape 2019 – this report by landscape architects identifies an area of high quality landscape which is proposed for protection in the Neighbourhood Plan

Boughton Monchelsea Housing Needs Survey 2018, Action for Rural Communities Kent – this report supports the Plan’s policies on housing

A folder of additional parish-specific Evidence on Flood Risk, MBC Housing Register and Housing Density – these are shorter documents which support the Plan’s policies on locally important topics   

What Happens Next?

Once the Examiner has reported to Maidstone Borough Council, any final changes to the plan will then be made and MBC will organise a local referendum in the parish. National regulations resulting from COVID-19 mean that this will not be before May 2021. A simple majority in favour would mean that the plan is adopted and becomes part of the development plan used by MBC to make planning decisions.

We are working towards formal adoption of the plan in 2021 and will continue to keep you updated on progress.

On behalf of the Parish Council I would like to thank you for your input to date and hope we can rely on your continued support in getting our Neighbourhood Plan adopted, thus allowing us to properly influence and manage any future development in our parish.

 

Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan