Agenda item

Attleborough Neighhourhood Plan Area Designation (Agenda item 8)

Report of Mark Kiddle-Morris, Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development.


The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development presented the report which asked Members to consider any strategic issues or consultation responses and to formally designate the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan area.


One of the first key stages in the process was for the extent of the plan area put forward by the community to be designated by the Local Planning Authority.  This would occur before the Plan could begin to be developed, and would set the area within which the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan would apply.


Three parishes, Attleborough Town Council, Besthorpe Parish Council and Old Buckenham Parish Council had submitted a proposal for the designation of a Neighbourhood Plan area to the Council on 20 August 2013.  The consultation/publication period ended on 27 September 2013.  This had been the first formal application for a Neighbourhood Plan area that the Council had received under the provisions of the Localism Act.


The publication period elicited one response from Old Buckenham Parish Council.  The response from this Parish had indicated that they no longer wished for the land in the Old Buckenham Parish Council to be included in the Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan area.  Therefore, in the light of this response, Breckland Council had designated an amended boundary and removed the land within Old Buckenham (see Appendix B of the report).  This was considered to be an appropriate response and would negate the need for the community to resubmit an amended area and undertake a further 6 week publication period.  Following designation of the plan area, the Council was required by Regulation 7 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations to publicise this fact that this would be carried out in the same manner as per the previous consultation.


In response to a question, the piece of land taken out did include the area of land at Old Buckenham Airfield.


Referring to the proposed Transport Plan that was going to be considered at the Local Plan Working Group following the Cabinet meeting, the Executive Member for Internal Services said that one of the options for the relief road could have an impact on Great Ellingham and asked that the Parish be kept informed.


Although the land in question had been removed, Councillor Martin felt that the prospects for industry would still be there and the proposed relief road would attract further businesses to the area.


Option 1


To consider the content of the report and to confirm the Neighbourhood Plan area as submitted by the three Town and Parish Councils as set out in Appendix A of the report.


Option 2


To consider the content of the report and confirm the amended Neighbourhood Plan area as set out in Appendix B of the report.




It was recommended that Cabinet endorsed Option 2 of the report.  This was due to the representations made during the publication period by Old Buckenham Parish Council who no longer wished for land within their Parish to be included within the Plan area boundary.


Therefore, the proposed amended boundary reflected the original submission with the exception of any land within Old Buckenham Parish.


RESOLVED that the amended Neighbourhood Plan as set out in Appendix B of the report be approved.

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