Kenninghall Neighbourhood Plan - Plan Area Designation
Meeting: 13/01/2015 - Cabinet (Item 10)
Report of Mark Kiddle-Morris, Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development.
The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development presented the report that concerned the formal designation of the Kenninghall Neighbourhood Plan area.
Members were informed that the consultation period had been shortened to six weeks as required under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and could be shortened further and suggested that some form of delegation was needed for future plan designations.
Councillor Armes declared a personal interest in this matter. She questioned the sentence under paragraph 1.1 of the report which stated that Neighbourhood Plans had Development Plan status and were therefore a material consideration in the determination of planning applications for their area and as there had been a great deal of controversy over this matter she asked if this was a move to stop further development. She also had concerns with the section under paragraph 1.5 that mentioned improvements to transport infrastructure and asked what this referred to. She felt that there were many matters in this document that were controversial and not much support for development in villages. The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development pointed out that all Neighbourhood Plans had to conform with the Local Development Framework and development could not be prevented. In response to the latter, Members were informed that improvements to transport infrastructure was one of Kenninghall’s own aspirations for the village included in their submitted Neighbourhood Plan Area Statement and ultimately, Breckland Council had a duty to support the Neighbourhood Plan process under the Duty to Cooperate.
Councillor Chapman-Allen had attended the Parish meetings on several occasions and pointed out that the improvements to transport infrastructure for the village included minor improvements to the roads including white lining etc. The villagers also wanted to ensure that any future development took place with them being fully involved.
Councillor Claussen mentioned Mattishall’s Neighbourhood Plan that would be coming forward and the community’s frustration that the lack of a five year land supply was taking away local control. He was aware that George Freeman MP would be voting against this in future.
Councillor Kybird asked if this five year land supply requirement complied with legislation in setting a Plan area. The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development advised that it did
- To endorse the Kenninghall Neighbourhood Plan area boundary, following the full extent of the parish boundary as set out at Appendix A of the report.
- To consider the contents of this report and reject the Neighbourhood Plan area.
The proposed boundary was considered appropriate to be designated without modification. The area was considered to represent a logical boundary which would be suitable to meet the plan aims, as set out within their Neighbourhood Plan statement.
RESOLVED that the Kenninghall Neighbourhood Plan area as shown at Appendix A of the report be endorsed.