This is the sub-page for Irchester Neighbourhood Plan. This page will be continuously updated as the plan progresses and is the place to find information on the key stages of consultation, including how to comment, as well as emerging drafts of the plan and any accompanying documentation.
Information will be uploaded beneath the headings set out below as the plan progresses.
Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation
The application was advertised and comments were invited until 16th November 2012, The following comments were received:
- Comments from Natural England
- Comments from River Nene Regional Park
- Comments from Wildlife Trust
- Comments form English Heritage
Following consideration of the application the Borough Council approved the designation of the parish of Irchester as the 'Irchester Neighbourhood Area'.
BCW Determination on the need for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
In line with the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended), BCW will assist Irchester Parish Council in identifying whether there is a requirement for SEA to provide clarity prior to the point of submission. Details of this process will be made available on this page in due course.
BCW Determination on the need for Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA)
In line with BCW's duty to support Irchester Parish Council in determining whether any assessment of the impact of the plan on local habitats is required, consultation with Natural England will take place and a decision on the need for Appropriate Assessment (or otherwise) will be issued in due course.
Draft Plan for Regulation 14 (pre-submission) consultation purposes
A statutory consultation period ran from Friday 16 September 2016 until Friday 28th October 2016.
A copy of the plan is available below, all other background information can be accessed from the Neighbourhood Plan website:www.irchesterparishnhp.co.uk
Any comments were sent to Irchester Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group by email to: Irchesternhp@gmail.com or by post to: NHP Draft Plan, Irchester Library, High Street, Irchester, Northants, NN29 7A
This consultation has now closed and responses are being collated and reviewed.
Draft Plan for Regulation 16 publicity
The submission documents of the Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan have now been recieved by the council under Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012;
- The Irchester, Knuston and Little Irchester Neighbourhood Plan, 2011-2031- Submission draft
- Basic Conditions Statement
- Consultation Statement
- SEA and HRA Screening Report
- Designated Neighbourhood Plan Area
Further details about the process of preparing the plan and all the evidence base documents are available from the Neighbourhood Plan website:
Following receipt of the attached documentation the legality of the plan proposal was checked. The following confirmation was issued to Irchester Parish Council confirming that the plan is legal in every respect:
Consultation on the Regulation 16 Draft Irchester Neighbourhood Plan
A public consultation ran for six weeks between 10 January 2018 and 23 February 2018.
Copies of the submission documents were made available to inspect at the council offices in Tithe Barn Road, Wellingborough and Irchester Library during normal opening hours as well as from the council website.
The responses recieved during this consultation are available to view:
Information on the independent examination
In March 2018 the council appointed an external and independent examiner, Mr John Mattocks, to review whether the plan meets the basic condition tests (as described in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990) and should therefore move forward to referendum.
During the exmination the Examiner raised a number of queries, these together with the response of the Parish Council as qualifying body are available below:
The Examiner's report was received on 1 May 2018.
The council has considered the examiners report and has issued a decision statement which confirms that, subject to a number of modifications to the plan, it can now proceed to referendum.
A referendum will take place on 12 July 2018, full details are available here.