The Official result of the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum can be found here.
The amended Referendum Version of the Great Easton Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
A Neighbourhood Plan enables communities to shape planning policy in their area. It can be used to:
- Develop a shared vision for the neighbourhood
- Choose where new homes and other development should be built
- Identify and protect important local green spaces and buildings
- Determine what new buildings should look like
This allows local people a powerful new opportunity to plan the future of their communities.
The Neighbourhood Plan needs to demonstrate that it has been subject to the widest possible consultation and the final result has to be voted on by the community.
The whole process is lead by the Parish Council and due to the rising political importance of the Neighbourhood Plans and their influence on future developments, Great Easton Parish Council, at its meeting on the 6th October 2014, decided to form a steering group, which would become a sub-committee of the Parish Council to take this project forward.
The committee meets every 4 weeks.
Introducing The Committee
|Roger Bowder – Chairman||Richard Barribal|
|David Gibley – Secretary||Lucy Walsh|
|Neil Mckay||Ian Drummond|
|Gary Kirk||Brian Hemmings|
|Phil Long||Bob Mitchell|
|Ela Yates||John Boulter|
|Julia Weaver||Heather Ingram
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Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Update
Following the Harborough District Council consultation, the Neighbourhood Plan, together with the consultation responses and supporting documents was forwarded to the Independent Examiner for his examination of the Plan and his final report.
The report has now been received and the Inspector recommends in his summary that “it is appropriate to make the Neighbourhood Plan” and has recommended to Harborough District Council that “subject to the modifications proposed, the Great Easton Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to a Referendum”.
This was approved by both the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee and the Parish Council at a joint meeting on 10th July.
Following a legal challenge by a developer and QC legal advice, HDC requested the PC to amend the Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan. The Parish Council agreed to this request at its meeting on 11 September and the background is explained in the meeting minutes. The amended Referendum Version of the Great Easton Neighbourhood Plan can be found here.
HDC following further legal advice, has decided to conduct a second Consultaion between the 2nd Oct – 15 Nov 2017, to confirm the decision to remove the reference to the landowner’s commitment to provide a permissive footpath linked to the proposed development at Barnsdale, from the Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan.
The date of the Referendum is confirmed as Thursday 25 January 2018.
The referendum will be organised by HDC and run on similar lines to a local election, with poll cards sent to all registered voters and voters having the option of voting in person at the Village Hall or by proxy or postal vote.
Wording –. The referendum wording will be: “Do you want Harborough District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Great Easton to help decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” This is a statutory wording and is used for all NP referendums.
Decision – The decision will be based on a simple majority of registered votes.
Documents – Copies of the Neighbourhood Plan, Examiner’s Reports and consultation responses are on HDC and Great Easton Websites: http://www.harborough.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning and http://www.greateaston.org. Hard copies are also available in the Village Shop, Village Hall, The Church and Bringhurst School.
Further Information – Further information can be provided by NP members or the Parish Clerk – David Gibley Tel: 01536 772159 – firstname.lastname@example.org