Prior to Christmas we held an event to publicise the latest draft of our Neighbourhood Plan and give residents an opportunity to tell us what they thought so far. In addition we submitted the plan to an Independent Examiner to review the technical aspects of the plan.
The results of the health check, along with clarifications of points raised by both GBC and EPC with the Examiner, can be found below:
Since receiving and reviewing the report from one of the leading examiners, the team has been busy redrafting policies to ensure they comply with the very strict technical requirements of Planning Legislation and Guidance. You will see from the clarifications raised with the Examiner that Neighbourhood Planning is far from simple process!
Arnold Pindar, Chair of Effingham Parish Council recently wrote to all residents to inform them of the latest developments and his report along with further notes on the Health Check, can be found below:
A Strategic Environment Assessment screening has also been undertaken on the draft plan. The results of this are very encouraging and can be found below. EPC now plans to hold further discussions with Natural England to make further enhancements to ensure the plan delivers on its objective to conserve the natural environment and heritage of the village.
Further Public Meetings are now planned over the next few months to finalise policies under the guidance of a newly formed Effingham Neighbourhood Plan Policy Advisory Group.(ENPAG)
Details of how you can get involved in that process can be found by following this link
We hope as many residents as possible will join with us to help write the final version of the plan.
As we approach the formal consultation phase for our Neighbourhood Development Plan, Effingham Parish Council (EPC) is proposing to launch a new community based group to coordinate the final phases of development of the Neighbourhood Plan.
Subject to final approval at the next Parish Council meeting, the remit of this new group will be to take on the plan from its current draft state to the Parish Council, and following their approval, to formal consultation with all residents. The group will consist of up to 12 members who will meet at least monthly to review and guide the work of the various Working Groups already in operation on different areas of the plan.
The Advisory Group will review existing policies, and where they feel necessary, coordinate the Working Groups to explore appropriate new policies. The group will be responsible for recommending the final draft of the plan to EPC for Regulation 14 consultation within the parish.
We would like to invite you to put your name forward to participate in this exciting group that will be at the forefront of the Neighbourhood Plan process in the village.
EPC is reviewing the proposal at the next Parish Council meeting on 26th January (7.45pm KGV Hall), following which we will be in contact with you to formalise involvement with the group. Please note that as numbers will be capped, we may not be able to accommodate everybody on the group and will seek to balance representation across the parish if we receive more applications than places available on the group.
If you are interested in participating in this group please therefore reply by filling in the form below:
We will be in contact following the EPC meeting on the 26th January to confirm participants and share next steps.