Referendum 18th July
Everything you need to know to vote
Lavant Neighbourhood Development Plan (version for referendum)
Quick link to Pre-Submission Documents - 7 weeks' public consultation 10th March - 28th April 2016
What is Neighbourhood Planning?
The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England. It enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area and is intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area.
Why is it worth having a Neighbourhood Plan?
These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where villagers live and work giving opportunities to:
- Choose where we want new homes, shops and offices to be built
- Have our say on what new buildings should look like
- Grant planning permission for the new buildings we want to see go ahead.
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has worked hard to keep the residents of Lavant informed and give them the opportunity to contribute their views. Events have included:
- The Housing Needs Survey (on which housing numbers are based)
- Open Meeting at Lavant Memorial Hall, October 2013
- Information stall at the Lavant Village Fete, June 2014
- Pop up stall at Lavant Horticultural Society and Allotment Open Day Summer 2014
- Beating of the Bounds, September 2014
- Open Meetings at St Nicholas' February 2014 and December 2014
- Options and Preferences meetings at Lavant Memorial Hall and St Nicholas', February 2015
- Draft Policies and Additional Sites meetings at St Nicholas', May 2015
- Latest information, progress update and community facilities questionnaire at the Fete, June 2015. You can still complete the questionnaire and return it by 10th September 2015.
- Roads and Traffic Day - walkabout and presentation led by Ben Hamilton-Baillie in conjunction with Lavant Parish Council, July 2015 - summary of what happened on the day, comments from BH-B after his walkabout, Q&A from the public event. If you want to make further comments, please ensure these are received by close of play on Friday 4th September via email.
- Click to here to read answers to recently asked questions.
The Steering Group has now commenced the huge task of generating draft policies that will be included in the final Neighbourhood Plan. These policies cover a wide range of topics and it is important that as many people as possible consider their content to make sure they reflect the overall picture of the differing views and opinions that have been expressed since the process started. The draft policies in their initial form can be viewed here.
Whilst the Steering Group is developing the draft policies another important document has been prepared: a Scoping Report for the NP's Sustainability Assessment (SA). Sustainable development is defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". The Scoping Report is a document that identifies the sustainability issues within Lavant and sets out the sustainability objectives for the SA of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Scoping Report has been the subject of consultation with a number of agencies and stakeholders over recent weeks. Take a look at it here and view the official responses to the Scoping Report here.
Meanwhile during June, July, August and September 2015 the Steering Group continue to:
- Research and write detailed Site Assessments of each potential development site - this process will eliminate some of them. These assessments will be made available as soon as they are completed.
- Write and review the Policies for the Draft Neighbourhood Plan - see the draft policies here
- Arrange an opportunity for Lavant businesses to express their views
- Start writing the Draft Consultation Document.
- Start writing the Draft Neighbourhood Plan. This will be presented to the community when it is ready and modifications will be made before the final draft goes to an Independent Examiner. After this it goes to every household for Referendum.
Example documents from another Parish:
To view a draft Consultation document click here
To view a draft Neighbourhood Plan click here
All documents listed below are PDFs unless otherwise noted.
Email from landowner regarding site behind primary school 24Aug2015 here
Options and Preferences
Beating the Bounds
Two additional sites were also put forward later by landlords and the details can be seen here.
Observation Point 11 - photos
Observation Point 12 - photos
Working Group - Built Environment
Working Group - Community Engagement
Working Group - Natural Environment
Community Day 21 Feb 2015 - Options and Preferences
Public Meeting 16 May 2015 - Draft Policies
Village Fete 20 Jun 2015 - Community Facilities Questionnaire. You can still complete a questionnaire and submit it to the LNP group by 10th September 2015.