West Berkshire Council

Start date: 2017-03-03
End date: 2017-04-18
Results: 2017-07-18

Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan

Proposed recommendation that the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan should progress to referendum

The Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) was subject to independent examination between May and October 2016, and the examiner recommended that the plan should not progress to referendum due to a lack of landscape evidence. You can view the previous consultation on the Stratfield Mortimer Neighbourhood Plan, submitted by Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council.

You can see more information about previous work online at www.westberks.gov.uk/smndp.

However, relevant legislation that governs the process for making NDPs, allows local planning authorities to propose to make a decision that differs from that recommended by the examiner as a result of new evidence.

New landscape evidence was prepared in January 2017, and West Berkshire Council officers proposed to recommend that the Stratfield Mortimer NDP proceed to referendum.

If the NDP proceeds to referendum, and more than fifty percent of the vote responses are "yes", then the NDP will be brought into force and will become part of the development plan, and will be used to determine planning applications and guide planning decisions within the neighbourhood area.

Views were sought on this proposed decision between 3 March and 18 April 2017. West Berkshire Council officers set out why they proposed to recommend the Stratfield Mortimer NDP for referendum in the following document which includes five appendices:

What you told us

The representations received to the consultation and the councils response to these can be viewed online. None of the representations raise issues that would result in West Berkshire Council officers making a different decision, eg that the NDP is re-examined.

What we did

At the Full Council Meeting on 9 May 2017, Council will be asked to agree that the Stratfield Mortimer NDP progresses to referendum.

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