This flowchart outlines the stages of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.
The District Council checks that the Plan is legally compliant, and undertakes formal consultation for a minimum period of six weeks. At this stage the Plan has some status for decision-making purposes. The Parish Councils submitted the Plan to Mid Suffolk District Council on 23 January 2019, incorporating changes made in response to the pre-submission consultation.
Stage 3. Pre-submission Publicity and Consultation (Reg 14)
The Parish Councils consult on the draft Plan for six weeks - in our case from 9 November to 21 December 2018. This was open to the public and a number of statutory bodies were consulted. The District Council responds to the consultation highlighting any concerns. This stage may have to be repeated if any significant gaps are highlighted.
Stage 2. Preparing a draft NP
The Steering Group and members of the Neighbourhood Forum have been gathering evidence for the draft Plan, including the documents above. The Plan has been drafted and is in the long process of review. Consultation on the draft Plan will take place in mid-November 2018 prior to submission to Mid Suffolk District Council.
Some illustrations of the current planning situation were prepared for the recent Forum meeting on 21 February 2018 and you can find these here.
Stage 1. Area Designation Consultation
The Area Designation Application, submitted on 5 March 2017, defines the boundary of the Botesdale and Rickinghall Neighbourhood Plan area. The application included supporting statements and a map. A notice was published by Mid Suffolk District Council and they created a web-page for the B&R Neighbourhood Plan, which you can find here. They wrote to their statutory consultees to notify them of the consultation; the list includes the relevant Suffolk CC and Mid Suffolk DC Elected Members, and the adjacent parish councils. Following the six-week consultation period, Mid Suffolk District Council then confirmed the designated NP Area under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).
Designated Area Map: The plan area follows the administrative boundaries of the three parishes. From left to right you will see Rickinghall Inferior, Rickinghall Superior and Botesdale parishes divided by a blue line with the whole of the area outlined in green.