Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
Most of you will remember that we finished the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan last year, and on 21st May 2020 Buckinghamshire Coucil wrote to us as follows:
‘I am writing to confirm that the Council has made a delegated decision to agree the Ickford neighbourhood plan examiner’s report recommendations, that the plan meets the basic conditions and can proceed to a referendum.
The plan now has significant weight in planning decisions as per Paragraph:
107 Reference ID: 41-107-20200513
of the planning practice guidance’.
As the local elections were cancelled last year, we have had to wait for the opportunity to vote on the plan at a Village referendum. Buckinghamshire Council are now liaising with the planning department to make preparations to hold the referendum on 6th May 2021 alongside the Buckinghamshire
Council/Town and Parish/Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
The plan came out of almost three years of dedicated work, by a team of villagers, and follows a lengthy process of research and canvassing of opinions of you – the villagers of Ickford. In essence, now it is your plan, and will help shape Ickford until 2033.
We need you to support the plan and vote YES for it at the referendum, so it now can be fully adopted.
If you want to review the plan again you will find it on this website or contact either myself or David Connell should you wish to borrow a copy.
Thanks for your support,
I am writing to confirm that the Council has made a delegated decision to agree the Ickford neighbourhood plan examiner’s report recommendations, that the plan meets the basic conditions and can proceed to a referendum. The plan now has significant weight in planning decisions as per Paragraph: 107 Reference ID: 41-107-20200513 of the planning practice guidance.
I am in the process of notifying various officers and councillors of the Council.
The delegated decision will shortly be published on the Council’s website at https://www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/ickford-neighbourhood-plan. Due to Covid 19 there wont be any wider publicity at this time we will come back to do that in the coming months once it is safe to have people inspecting documents in person in their local area and at the council offices.
The next step for the plan itself will be taking a Referendum version of the plan including all the examiners changes to a public vote in Ickford parish. There is no referendum until after 6 May 2021 as per the Government’s position set out earlier this year on the staging of elections and referendums.
MRTPI BA (Hons) MTP PGDip (Urban Design) PGCert
Senior Planning Officer (Planning Policy)
Planning and Environment
The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP19 8FF
The Ickford Neighbourhood Plan has now successfully been through Independent Examination, and has been posted on AVDC’s now (Buckinghamshire County – Aylesbury Vale area) website. It would normally proceed straight away to a Referendum with the villagers, and if it were to get a majority vote, would then be formally adopted.
However due to the postponement of elections by HMG, have said no referendums can take place before 6 May 2021 and the referendum version posted on this site is for information only, it is not a consultation.
So what does this mean for Ickford?
In decision-making terms: Where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 25 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.
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I have just received this letter (below) – it looks as if the earliest we can now have a referendum on the INP will be 6th May 2021 – such a shame after all the hard work that has been done, but then it is out of our hands.
There are some important changes to neighbourhood planning that we want to bring to your attention from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG):
There are also some COVID-19 FAQ notes for help with your Neighbourhood Plan during this time.
How to plan through COVID-19
To help you understand what you can do to help progress your neighbourhood plan during this time we’ve put together some tips for you.
Some plan making activities will be restricted; however, other plan making activities can continue with a different approach.
Thank you and stay safe.
Neighbourhood Planning Programme Manager
33 Corsham Street
Please CLICK HERE to view the letter received from examiner of procedural matters and questions in respect of the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan.
The consultation period officially commenced on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 and closes on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 5.15pm.
This is the final opportunity for those who originally commented on the plan to comment further before the plan goes to be externally examined.
After 4th March all comments will be published on the Council website and be sent to an independent examiner to carry out the examination of the plan.
If you would like to see the final documents they will be available in the village shop, in the church, on this website or can be viewed also at the:
After many months of hard work and community engagement, Ickford Parish Council submitted it’s final version of the Ickford Neighbourhood Development Plan. AVDC as the local authority will undertake a six week publication period to provide an opportunity for all parties to comment on the submitted proposals before the plan goes to examination. The consultation dates for the publication period are Wednesday 22 January 2020 to Wednesday 4 March 2020 closing at 5.15pm.
The Council website page where you can view the submission documents and other information.
Click here to view the submitted Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Documents
The Neighbourhood Plan and associated support documents have now been submitted to AVDC for their review and for the final round of consultation. Following this, it will be submitted for independent assessment and, once over all these hurdles, will be put forward for a ‘referendum’ within the village. It might be premature to say the end is in sight as there are likely to be further changes due to the second round of consultation and the review, but hopefully after two years of dedication and hard work by the team, this may be the case.
All documents are available for you to read on this website.
The public enquiry into 42 Worminghall Road and the subsequent possibility of a Judicial Review into the outcome, resulted in almost 3 months delays to progressing the Neighbourhood Plan, due in the main to the impact that this development will have on the settlement boundary and proposed policies.
Now we know that there will not be a review, we can make the required adjustments to the plan, and it is now the intention of the team to have this and the required background evidence and other supporting documents submitted to AVDC by the end of October. This should allow the next 6 week statutory consultation period to be completed, we hope before Christmas, so that final adjustments can be done before the formal independent examination and referendum.
It is a very lengthy and cumbersome process, and we would not be as advanced as we are were it not for the commitment and dedication of the team.
We will keep publishing updates on the website and in the Ickford Informer.
Despite the uncertainty created by waiting for the Inspectors’ decision on the Public Inquiry for 42 Worminghall Road, and the impact a decision in favour of this would have on the Neighbourhood plan, we are continuing with the process. The revisions required to go to the next level of consultation and then independent examination are nearly complete, and we remain broadly on track with our timescale.
Now that the public consultation period has ended, the team has been reviewing the comments received on the draft Neighbourhood Plan. We had some good constructive comments and a lot of support for the Plan. Comments were received from, amongst others, Land & Partners, Pegasus Group on behalf of Cala Homes, AVDC, Bucks County Council, Natural England, River Thame Conservation Trust, and local residents. Where relevant and constructive, these will be incorporated within the NP, and we hope to be able to submit it for formal independent examination within the first two weeks of July.
Just a short reminder to all Villagers that we are now in the consultation period, so this is the opportunity for all of you to comment on the Draft Ickford Neighbourhood Plan.
You can find the INP and the supportive documents, on this website.
For anyone unable to access the online documents copies are available to borrow from any member of the team, and there are also copies available in the Pavilion, Village Hall, Shop, Church and Rising Sun pub. Comment forms are also available and these can be returned to any team member or left in the collection box within the Village Shop.
Also as a reminder, we will be holding an open day on the Plan on Saturday 11th May, from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm in the Pavilion. Copies of the draft plan and supportive documents and displays will be there as well as members of the team on hand to discuss any thoughts, suggestions or comments you may have. Do come along and met us there.
We can now commence a period of public consultation in accordance with the 2012 Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations (Regulation 14). The formal consultation will be for a period of six weeks from Monday 8th April to Wednesday 22nd May 2019.
In addition we have publicised the consultation to all the village, both by way of the Ickford Informer, and a post card drop to each household in the parish. This clearly states that copies of the Plan and Comment Form are available in the Church, Pavilion, Rising Sun Public House, Ickford Village Hall, Ickford School and the Village Shop, as well as through contacting any member of the INP group. The shop is a drop off point for any forms if people do not want to do this on line.
It is hoped that as many people as possible will read the plan and submit comments.
The Draft Plan and accompanying documents are available below.
Click the image below to read or download the document.
(When open on screen, save to desktop).
Ickford Neighbourhood Plan – Final Draft April 2019
Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Built Heritage Assessment
Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Report
Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Background Evidence Report
A draft plan comment form is also available (below), enabling you to make your comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by letter to any member of the INP committee or a clearly marked box in the village shop. You can also reply via the reply facility within the post on this website.
Ickford Neighbourhood Plan Comment Form
On Saturday 11th May from 10am to 3pm we will be holding a drop-in session at the Ickford Pavilion attended by members of the steering group to discuss the plan with you. Whilst no new information will be available, this is your opportunity to comment on this plan.
Following revisions from your comments, the final Plan should be submitted to AVDC in early June. Examination is likely late Summer and a referendum will be held in Ickford in the Autumn.
We are making good progress with the Neighbourhood Plan. Aylesbury Vale have now sent the draft plan for consultation ‘screening’ to English Nature, English Heritage and the Environment Agency and should be completed around middle of March. In the meantime the Plan has been formally adopted by your Parish Council.
The process of formally consulting with villagers and interested parties can shortly begin.
The download of the draft plan can be obtained by clicking here and will also be available in printed form from a member of the team, and at locations around the village. Click here to see the screen version of the draft plan.
More details will follow, as there will be an ‘open day’ to come and an opportunity to review and discuss it with the team.
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Ickford has now been submitted to AVDC, English Heritage, English Nature and the Environment Agency as part of the statutory consultation process. It sets out the 15 year vision for the Village.
Once comments are received back from the above organisations there will be a full consultation process for Villagers of Ickford to comment on the plan. Also as part of the consultation process, if any local landowner, Parish Council, any village organisation, group or other interested party would like to see and comment on the Neighbourhood Plan, details can be found on below or email us at email@example.com to request a copy.
Draft Ickford Neighbourhood Plan
The team met again this month and good progress on the plan is being made. The aim remains to lodge the draft plan for ‘Scoping’ of the draft policies by AVDC and other statutory consultative bodies, before Christmas.
The group have also identified 17 properties in the Village that are deemed important for visual sightlines and the overall ambiance of the community. These are not ‘listed’ buildings and therefore of regional or national importance, but ones which, should a development be proposed close by, or for example in a neighbouring field, would be afforded additional ‘protection and consideration’ so as to reduce any possible impact thereon. To do this they would have to be included on a local Heritage list. This in no way fetters or obligates the owners in any way, neither does it impose any restrictions or cost on them. We are in the process of discussing this with them.
We are now able to move onto the next stage, thanks to all your contributions, comments and suggestions.
Download or read online what you have been to see today:
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We look forward to your continued help and support in the future for what we are trying to achieve.
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