Ashbury Neighbourhood Plan

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Welcome to the Parish of Ashbury Neighbourhood Plan’s [ANP] dedicated web-pages.   From this, our home page, you will be able to navigate to other areas of our site to find; details of the Plan Steering Group, minutes of meetings & other reference documents as well as posts updating residents on our progress.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011.   Such plans are created through direct engagement with the community they relate to, and provide the opportunity for residents to influence the manner in which their community develops.   By following the required processes such Plans become part of the statutory development plan for the local area to be used in conjunction with specific national and county planning policies when considering future developments.  

How is the Plan progressing?   Having published our draft policies toward the end of 2017, we then provided a number of opportunities for residents to comment on them and/or ask any question in respect of same.   Arguably the most important of these was  a public meeting in late October where our consultant, Jeremy Flawn of Bluestone Planning [BSP], laid out the policies and the reasons for proposing them, followed by a Q&A session to enable residents to seek clarification on any areas of concern.   This was a particularly useful exercise as the feedback from residents enabled the steering group to tweak one or two of the policies to specifically address the valid points raised during this consultation exercise.

This was followed by our Pre-submission Consultation, where both parish residents and specified statutory bodies were consulted on the Plan, the feedback from which has, where appropriate, been incorporated into the Plan documents.   The satisfactory completion of this exercise enabled the Steering Group on behalf of the Parish Council to submit the finalised Neighbourhood Plan to the District Council [VWHDC] for examination on 9th October 2018.   If we achieve a satisfactory outcome, the Plan will then be the subject of a referendum organised & operated by the District Council the outcome of which will determine whether the Plan is ‘made’  

The site has now been updated with these finalised Plan documents all of which can be accessed by clicking the respective links to the left of this page as before.   Also listed are the ‘Consultation Report’ summarising the methodology of the pre-submission consultation and the responses received, and the ‘Basic Conditions Statement’ setting out how the Plan meets the specified conditions, both of which are mandatory supporting documents.

Pending the feedback from the examiner you are still able to comment on the Plan & Plan documents and too this end our Email address is: and contact details for the steering group can be found using the link to the left – these details also apply if you have any queries whether or not they relate to the finalised examination documents.

Thank you for your contribution.

Your Neighbourhood   :   YOUR PLAN