A NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR NEWENT
Newent Town Council took the decision to look into making a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) earlier this year and set up a working group of councillors to undertake the task.
The working group so far has taken advice from experts in this field, studied a wide range of documentation and has sought examples both of NDPs already ‘made’ and in progress. It is also taking note of the content of local plans produced over recent years for Newent.
The usual boundary for an NDP is the civil parish which is the same area covered by Newent Town Council. (See map of Newent civil parish boundary.) Newent Town Council has agreed that the application for designation will be made using this parish boundary after recent consultation with residents in Clifford’s Mesne and Oxenhall. Clifford’s Mesne lies within the Parish of Newent and the response has been positive for inclusion. The response from Oxenhall, with its own parish meeting and recently produced local plan, was that although they wished to be involved in certain issues of mutual interest they did not wish to be included formally in the NDP.
Before starting the process officially, it is necessary to consult people working and living in Newent about their views on a Neighbourhood Development Plan. This consultation will take place between July 12th and 18th. Further details will be publicised shortly on this website and locally. For more information about Neighbourhood Development Plans please use the following links:
Funds are available from central government and from the District Council once the NDP application is approved. This is intended to cover costs of public consultation, evidence gathering, professional consultants, a final referendum and other necessary outlay needed to produce a plan which has statutory status.