The Neighbourhood Development Plan can only succeed with the support of the people of Woodford Halse, Hinton and Farndon.
Building the plan has needed the input of residents, groups and local businesses on many issues. Although the consultation phases have been completed village residents will have the chance to approve the plan in a referendum.
What Is Happening Now?
The plan has completed consultation by Daventry District Council and is now being considered by an external examiner, an independent expert, jointly appointed by the Parish Council and Daventry District Council. He will carry out his work during December 2017 and January 2018.
If the examiner decides that the Plan can be approved, it will be put to the District Council and then put to the village in a local referendum. The referendum will give all eligible voters in the parish the opportunity to vote and decide if the Plan should, in future, be used to help determine planning applications.
The final decision, therefore, rests with the people of Woodford cum Membris. A straight forward majority of those voting in the referendum will decide if the plan is to be adopted.
The results of the DDC consultation process, which finished on October 9th 2017, can be found here.
The latest version of the Plan is this: Neighbourhood Development Plan, July 2017.
Associated with the plan are several additional documents.
These are the SEA (Stategic Environmental Assessment), (which was produced by the Daventry District Council), the Basic Conditions Statement, which explains the rules or core principles used to write the plan, and the Consultation Statement which describes the journey that the neighbourhood development plan team, and the village, have been on as they wrote the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
(Please note: The Consultation Statement includes comments on the Parish Council response and action to each of the points raised in the first round of consultation, page numbers in the table refer to pages in the Regulation 14 Consultation version of the plan).
Regulation 14 Consultation
“Regulation 14 Consultation” closed on November 14th 2016.
The Plan Steering Group would like to thank all those that have submitted comments, suggestions and support. They received over 50 separate submissions.
As part of drafting the proposed Neighbourhood Plan we collected local views on one of our proposed objectives which is “To preserve and enhance local natural and built heritage assets”.
To meet that objective we identified “non-designated heritage assets”, meaning buildings or aspects of the village that we think are important even though they may not be listed buildings or designated wildlife areas etc.
An initial consultation was carried out to identify three priorities for the plan using this “3 Priorities” Consultation form here
This stage of the consultation closed on 14th October 2014.