Walkeringham Neighbourhood Plan went through a Regulation 14 consultation in April & May 2019 where any interested parties were able to comment on its contents.
The plan was then modified to take on board these comments and a slightly modified version has been issued which itself has to have a six week statutory bodies consultation period which will conclude on 1st October. This new version is available here (the document called “20190819 Walkeringham Neighbourhood Plan V3”).
The two major changes after consultation were the removal of Site NP16, The Lilacs Caves Lane due to objections by Nottinghamshire Highways and the removal of the Brickworks Site due to an additional requirement requested by Natural England for a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) before the site could be included. This could delay the plan for up to 12 months. The Neighbourhood Plan Group and the Parish Council still strongly support this site going ahead and a Planning Application is currently with Bassetlaw DC.
Should the latest version of the Plan be robust and acceptable then that will be presented to Bassetlaw DC who will then seek an independent examiner to look at the contents and process.
If all is well then we expect a public referendum in the early part of 2020.
During February, March & April, there was an eight week public consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan. As part of that consultation, views and comments were sought on the 16 policies within the plan (called a Regulation 14 Consultation). Questionnaires were available in hard copy and on-line versions, and the previous copy of this magazine also contained ballot information.
Thank you to those who took time to complete this ballot, your answers and comments will be used in the next stage.
Seventy completed questionnaires were received and the results were as follows:-
% Voted In Favour
Sustainable Development & The Development Boundary
Protecting the Natural Environment and Landscape Character
A mix of housing types
Designation of Local Green Spaces
Maintaining Local Employment
Enhancing the provision of community facilities
NP02 Land at the Laurels, Station Road (up to 3 dwellings)
NP07 Land at Kilmeadon West Moor Road (up to 3 dwellings)
NP09 Land North of Fountain Hill Road (up to 3 dwellings)
NP13a/13b Land at Fountain Hill Road (up to 6 dwellings)
NP14 Land East of Stockwith Road (up to 12 dwellings)
NP16 Land at Lilacs Cave Lane (up to 4 dwellings)
NP23 Land East of Brickenhole Lane (up to 12 dwellings)
NP24 Land West of High Street (up to 12 dwellings)
NP26 Land South of South Moor Road (up to 15 dwellings)
Do you broadly support the Neighbourhood Plan Document?
Comments and results will now be analysed and modifications made (if required) to the original document. That document will then go to an independent inspector to ensure its validity. There will then be a public referendum to approve or dismiss the plan.
If approved the plan will form the basis of planning policy for Walkeringham
Having listened to some comments from residents at the recent presentation and subsequently taken advice from BDC we are revising the criteria relating to who can complete the Public Consultation Survey. This is now open to all interested parties and a specific question has been added to the end of the survey to determine whether the individual respondents are residents or have another stated interest.
The original survey link is still valid (here) as is the presentation document (now V2), here.
Also a PDF copy of the survey has been added for those who are unable to use the online version (please only complete the online or PDF version, not both).
At last, Walkeringham’s Neighbourhood Plan is complete.
The plan is important for the protection of the character of the village. Its conclusions, if approved by the residents, will be binding until 2035, as it will form part of the Bassetlaw Local Plan now being formulated.
The next stage for the plan is a six week public consultation which will start in February and run through into March.
Public Consultation Presentation
When the official consultation starts there will be a public presentation of the plan at the Village Hall where the key outcomes will be explained and questions will be answered.
All the documentation relating to the plan will be available from that date and will be open to public discussion and comment.
There will also be a further public presentation near the end of the six week period.
I would urge all villagers to engage with this process as the findings will definitely affect all the residents. Comments of support or criticism will be welcomed to ensure the plan meets with village approval.
At the end of the six week consultation, modifications to the plan, if require, are made and the plan then is examined by an independent export to ensure it is fair and has community support.
This is followed by a vote of all residents where a simple majority will see that plan adopted.