Neighbourhood Plan

East Coker Neighbourhood Plan – Current Position – December 2017

Work has progressed over the past months on the continuation of the East Coker Neighbourhood Plan. The Plan Group has taken account of views expressed by the local community, through various resident and business questionnaires and as a result of the successful consultation event that was held in the Village Hall on 10 October 2015, when over 150 local people attended and provided an excellent input into the Plan’s development.

A working draft was produced and a further event held in the Village Hall on Saturday, 19th March which was again well attended and a broad consensus of support for the Plan and its policies was secured.

The Group is also engaging with the District and County Councils, as well as other agencies such as Natural England, Historic England and the Environment Agency.

Work has been completed on the writing and amending of the plan text and policies, based on the vision and objectives that were outlined at these events and which received good public support. These deal with all the subject matters addressed in the Plan, such as housing, employment and business, community facilities, the built and natural environment and transport and infrastructure. The policies in the Plan will generally conform and have regard to the National Planning Policy Framework and the South Somerset Local Plan.

The following is the anticipated timetable for progression of the East Coker Neighbourhood Plan through to adoption and being ‘made’, as part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area.

 

July 2017

Meeting with SSDC Planning officers to discuss Plan

 

August 2017

Some revisions to Plan made

 

September 2017

Plan submitted for ‘Health Check’ via Locality following confirmation by Parish Council

 

November 2017

Response from Health Check Received Minor amendments to Plan is accordance with recommendations of Health Check

 

December 2017

Submission of Neighbourhood Plan to South Somerset DC in accordance with Regulation 15 with view to further 6 week consultation by SSDC and formal Examination by Independent Examiner

 

February 2018

Submission of Plan to Examiner by SSDC

 

Date to be determined

  • Examiner’s Report Received and Modification to Plan if required

 Date to be determined

  • Local Parish Referendum, aiming for more than 50% support for the Plan from those who vote

 Date to be determined

  • Completion and ‘Making’ of Plan by SSDC
  • Implementation of Plan which is then part of the Statutory Development Plan to help in determining Planning Applications, together with NPPF and South Somerset Local Plan

 

The Plan – Latest Version 2017

ECNP_December 2017

 

Consultation Statement

Consultation Statement

 

Basic Conditions Report

Basic Conditions Report December 2017