Agenda item

Croxton Neighbourhood Plan - Plan Area Designation & Croxton, Kilverstone & Brettenham Neighbourhood Plan - Plan Area Designation (Agenda item 10)

Report of Mark Kiddle-Morris, Portfolio Holder for Assets and Strategic Development.

Minutes:

The purpose of the report was for Members to consider any strategic issues or consultation responses and to formally designate the Croxton, Kilverstone and Brettenham Neighbourhood Plan area.

 

The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development highlighted the Neighbourhood Plans and explained the differences between the two.

 

Members were being asked to approve Option 1 of the report due to the fact that the proposed boundary was considered appropriate to be designated without any modification and would include the whole of the land that formed part of the Thetford Strategic Urban Extension (SUE).  The impact of additional Neighbourhood Plan policies on the SUE would not be realised until later.

 

Councillor Chapman-Allen said that a colleague Ward Member had worked on this matter and had urged the Cabinet to support Option 1.

 

Councillor Kybird mentioned the guidance issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on Neighbourhood Plans and felt that the report gave rise to two different types of Plans that required two different types of policies.

 

The Executive Member for Finance & Democratic Services felt that it was the Parishes wish to have a shared vision for the future of the villages that fell outside the SUE and had felt that the best way forward would be to combine policies to allow for a cohesive and strategic vision.

 

The Opposition Leader said that Thetford was intrinsically linked to these parishes and felt that this matter should be taken forward in a more joined up way.

 

The Executive Member for Assets & Strategic Development stated that Breckland Council had no control over submissions of Neighbourhood Plans as anyone could apply.  There had been nothing to stop Thetford and the aforementioned parishes submitting a Plan in its entirety; however, these two parishes had worked together and had decided that they wanted one of their own.  The detail of whether it would be compliant with Thetford’s Neighbourhood Plan would be included in their policies.

 

Members’ attention was drawn to section 3.4 of the report where it highlighted the legalities of excluding land within the SUE as adopted in the Thetford Area Action Plan.

 

Option 1

 

To consider the content of this report to confirm the joint Neighbourhood Plan area as submitted by Croxton, Kilverstone and Brettenham Parish Councils as set out at Appendix A and reject the single Croxton Neighbourhood Plan area.

 

Option 2

 

To consider the content of this report and confirm an amended joint Neighbourhood Plan area of Croxton, Kilverstone and Brettenham excluding land identified as part of the Thetford Sustainable Urban Extension and reject single Croxton Neighbourhood Plan area.

 

Reasons

 

It was recommended that Cabinet endorsed Option 1. This was due to the fact that the proposed boundary was considered appropriate to be designated without modification.

 

An amended boundary could be designated that reflected the joint Croxton, Kilverstone and Brettenham submission with the exception of land falling within the Thetford Urban Extension. However, this was not recommended as it was considered that the potential for any strategic concerns to be mitigated through positive engagement with the Council and the promoters of the Sustainable Urban Extension.

 

Endorsing a single Croxton Neighbourhood area would result in a disjointed approach to future policy affecting the Urban Extension and inhibit the ability of a joint Neighbourhood Plan covering the three parishes to be identified.

 

RESOLVED that:

 

1)     the amended Croxton, Kilverstone and Brettenham Neighbourhood Plan areas as shown at Appendix B of the report be endorsed; and

 

2)     the single Croxton Neighbourhood Plan area be rejected.

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