Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan - Making (Adoption) of the Neighbourhood Plan
Meeting: 20/01/2022 - Council (Item 15)
Report of Councillor Paul Claussen, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development & Growth and the Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Planning.
Members are asked to note that this report was discussed at the Cabinet meeting on 15 November 2021 where the first three recommendations were approved. The 4th recommendation is a recommendation to Full Council.
Councillor Claussen, the Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development & Growth presented the report and hoped that all Members would welcome the ‘making’ of the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan.
At the Cabinet meeting in November 2021, all Members had acknowledged the hard work that had gone into the making of this Plan. The community involvement had been higher than the national average and the number of people who had voted in favour was also much higher than the national average too.
It was noted that the first 3 recommendations had already been approved at the Cabinet meeting held on 15 November 2021.
The fourth recommendation was proposed and seconded.
Councillor Crane, a Ward Representative for Saham Toney took the opportunity to highlight the enormous amount of work that had gone into the making of this Plan by the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan Working Group and named all the dedicated members of this Group who, over the past 5 years, along with the Parish Council, had made the Neighbourhood Plan possible. The church bells had been rung in recognition of the overwhelming support of the successful ‘yes’ vote in support of the Plan. Councillor Crane also extended her thanks and congratulations on behalf of the residents of Saham Toney.
Councillor Birt, also a Ward Representative for Saham Toney extended his congratulations to all concerned for the extraordinary amount of work that had been carried out but pointed out that there had been a number of problems in getting the Council’s website updated and asked for confirmation that this had now been done.
Councillor Claussen said that he was unsure but would check.
Following a unanimous vote in favour of the recommendation, it was
RESOLVED that the Breckland District policies map be amended to meet the requirements of paragraph 9 Town & Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.
Meeting: 15/11/2021 - Cabinet (Item 102)
Report of Councillor Paul Claussen, Deputy Leader and Executive Member forEconomic Development and Growth.
For information the link to Appendix A, the Referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan, can be found at: https://www.breckland.gov.uk/media/19329/Saham-Toney-Neighbourhood-Development-Plan-2019-2036-Referendum-Version/pdf/Saham_Toney_Neighbourhood_Plan_Referendum_Version_-_final_version_optimized.pdf?m=637673219372900000
The Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Economic Development and Growth, Councillor Paul Claussen, presented the report that recommended to “make” the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan as part of the Statutory Development Plan for Breckland.
Councillor Bambridge congratulated Saham Toney on producing the Neighbourhood Plan.
Councillor Birt also added his congratulations but asked which document the Cabinet would be using as whilst an offer for a clean version had been made, the version on the website had typographical errors. The Executive Director for Place assured that the clean version would be used.
Councillor Borrett read a statement from Councillor Helen Crane, a Ward Member of Saham Toney that also congratulated the Parish on an outstanding accomplishment.
There are two options for Members to consider:
Option 1 – Council agrees to “make” the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan and is “made” as part of the statutory Development Plan for Breckland Council, as required by paragraph (4)(a) of section 38A of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 as “….more than half those voting to have voted in favour of the plan…”, and to undertake the required publication, advise the Parish Council and other prescribed persons and subsequently update the district policies map.
Option 2 – Council does not make the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan where “…it considers that the Plan would breach, or would otherwise be incompatible with any EU obligation or any of the Convention Rights (within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998).”
1) the Saham Toney Neighbourhood Plan, as written at the time of the referendum, be “made” as part of the statutory Development Plan for Breckland Council, as required by paragraph (4)(a) of section 38A of the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act (Option1)
2) the decision as required by paragraph (9) of section 38A 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act be published
3) Saham Toney Parish Council be advised and any other prescribed persons about this, to meet the requirements of paragraph (10) of section 38A of the 2004 Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act
RECOMMENDATION to FULL COUNCIL:
4) To amend the Breckland District Policies Map to meet the requirements of paragraph 9 Town and Country (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012.