Ashbury Neighbourhood Plan

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Welcome to the Parish of Ashbury Neighbourhood Plan’s 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.

Following the consultation the steering group has been working closely with BSP, first drafting and then writing the Plan document.   This exercise was more time-consuming than had been hoped but the ‘final working draft’ is now available and can be accessed by clicking on the link ANP Pre-submission Version [draft] to the left of this page.   Having submitted this draft to our liaison officer at VWHDC in early March, we are now ‘fine tuning’ the document which will then be made available to the community for a final consultation at the end of April.

The link immediately below that for the draft Plan will take you to the parish character appraisal document, and while this is an appendix to the main Plan it is still very much a key document.   As a consequence the steering group is still happy to receive any comments and/or address any questions that you may have in respect of either of these key documents, and as ever the same applies to any other aspect of the Plan.  

A feedback form can also be accessed from this page and we we would urge you to complete & return this to us, preferably by Email, but if you do not have Email you are welcome to hand your completed form to any member of the steering group.   To remind you, 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 pre-submission documents.

Thank you for your contribution.

Your Neighbourhood   :   YOUR PLAN