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):
- Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020 mean that no elections or referendums can take place until 6 May 2021. This includes neighbourhood planning referendums. These provisions will be kept under review and may be amended or revoked in response to changing circumstances.
MHCLG understands this will be frustrating for communities that have dedicated significant time and effort to the neighbourhood planning process and naturally want their plans to come into force as soon as possible. With this in mind, they have updated current planning guidance to set out that neighbourhood plans awaiting referendums can be given significant weight in decision-making.MHCLG recognises there will be delays in progressing neighbourhood plans due to the social distancing measures currently in place across the UK. The updated planning guidance also provides further advice on the implications for conducting publicity and consultation, and examinations.
- Grants and technical support will continue to be available to support communities during the next financial year, and Locality’s advice service continues to operate as normal.
- As set out in the recently published Chief Planner’s newsletter, MHCLG will allow local authorities to make claims for new burdens grants at an earlier point in the neighbourhood planning process.
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
The latest phase of the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan: Received comments from the INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION OF THE ICKFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
Please CLICK HERE to view the letter received from examiner of procedural matters and questions in respect of the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan.
Regulation 16 Consultation
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:
Aylesbury Vale District Council website.
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.
Following a short delay, the Ickford Neighbourhood Plan is now back-on-track
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.
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:
Click on the title below to read and download:
Vision for Ickford Presentation 15th Sept 2018
Screen version of above.
Ickford Sustainability Heritage Assessment – 15th Sept 2018
Screen version of above.
Oxford-Cambridge Expressway Latest
We look forward to your continued help and support in the future for what we are trying to achieve.
We have had another very good meeting this month and are moving ahead with a Sustainability Appraisal and Scoping Report with Background Evidence! If you have not already switched off by that, the aim of this report is to take the key issues that we now have in the village and support these with factual and supported evidence, that would stand up to scrutiny for the objectives and policies we will be developing.
Questionnaires – some more have been returned, so we now have participation from 72% of households. A great achievement!
We also want to find out how many ‘wells’ there are in Ickford. Do you have one in your garden? If so, please let us know by emailing on email@example.com.
Chris Sandham is making good progress with the Wildlife and Tree survey, but still needs more help in recording sightings around the village. We are working on putting an interactive facility for this on our website, but in the meantime if you have seen something unusual or want to help Chris with this, he would love to hear from you. Please contact Chris on firstname.lastname@example.org or download and fill out the WILDLIFE FORM and return it to the address on the form.
We are updating this website regularly, and all postings have a response section at the end of each of the articles for you to add your thoughts and comments. (Just click on the ‘leave a comment’ link or the ‘article title’ or the title within the ‘recent posts’ section and this will take you to the article. At the bottom you can reply leaving your comment. Once confirmed it is not spam it will be published).
Not only do we want to add the wildlife section, but also a ‘photo book’ of old photos of interest about the village (don’t forget if you have some we would love to borrow and scan them for this). We will soon be adding Jo Tiddy’s excellent report on Heritage within the Village. So much going on and for you to look at.
Finally, we aim to have another opportunity for you to come and see the work of the team, and give us your comment, input and feedback. This has been provisionally set for 15th September, and more information will follow on the next update.