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Neighbourhood Plan

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.

Cllr Doug Smith

Chairman of Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council Planning Committee

Boughton Monchelsea Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan