In accordance with Regulation 6 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the initial stage in preparing area-based Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) consists of a statutory minimum six week consultation, inviting interested parties to make representations to the council on the proposed boundary for the area that the NDP should cover.
Penwortham Town Council proposed that the NDP area boundary should cover the Penwortham town boundary, in its entirety and the Planning Committee (11 December 2013) approved consultation to commence on this boundary.
The consultation took place over the seven weeks ending 31 January 2014 and asked whether respondents thought the submitted area is suitable for a NDP and, if not, what they considered to be a suitable alternative boundary.
The results of this consultation were considered by South Ribble Borough Council’s Planning Committee on 26 February and approval was given for the designation of the area as submitted by Penwortham Town Council. Penwortham Town Council can now proceed with the development of a draft NDP which will be:
• required to be subject to a six week minimum public consultation arranged by the town council;
• submitted to the borough council which would then be required to undertake a six week minimum public consultation;
• subject to an examination by an independent examiner;
• if approved by the examiner, subject to a referendum organised by the borough council.
The next step would be to adopt the NDP which would then sit alongside the Local Development Framework and would be a material consideration in shaping future decisions within Penwortham Town. If adopted, the town council could be able to receive 25% of any Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies raised in their area, rather than the 15% parish/town councils could currently be entitled to.
For further information about the progress of the Penwortham Neighbourhood Development Plan:
Telephone Penwortham Town Council on: 01772 750533