In December 2015, Broughton Parish Council agreed to apply to Preston City Council that the area of Broughton Parish be designated a Neighbourhood Area, enabling a Neighbourhood Plan to be prepared by the local community for that area.
After a lengthy period of research, community consultation drafting and reviewing - led by a local Steering Group - Broughton Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to Preston City Council on 14th March 2017, for review by an Independent Examiner.
The Independent Examiner has now issued his report on Broughton Neighbourhood Plan.
In his report he makes a number of recommendations for modifications to the plan these largely relate to changes in the manner in which policies and proposals are expressed rather than affecting the content of the plan. The exception, and the reason that he will not recommend without modification the plan to go to referendum, relates to the policy on housing and restrictions on future countryside development in and around the Village centre.
He agrees that all the conditions relating to the plan such as sufficient consultation have been met he is fully supportive of the fundamental approach that any provision for further housing development should be small-scale. This is particularly welcome given the pressures for major development that the village is facing as we now have the date for the opening of the bypass. These pressures make it even more important that the area has a Neighbourhood Plan to control and shape the form of future development.
The Parish Council will be undertaking further detailed work to define acceptable small scale expansion of Broughton Village that is in line with Plan and the local community’s priority to safeguard the village’s rural character and setting and to maintain an Area of Separation from Preston’s urban area.
Once the required work has been completed the details will be published on this website and a copy delivered to everyone living in Broughton civil parish in October, with the intention to have the sections of the plan redrafted and agreed with Preston City Council and the Independent Examiner.
Broughton Parish Council is grateful to the many members of our community - residents, school pupils, local businesses and commuters -as well as the advisors and consultants that have supported and contributed to this process so far.
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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR BROUGHTON
WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?
The Localism Act of 2012 introduced a new approach to planning – localism- aiming to give local people more say about how their area is developed through the preparation by local communities of their own Neighbourhood Plans.
The Act defines a Neighbourhood Plan as:-
“A Plan which sets out policies (however expressed) in relation to the development and use of land in the whole or any part of a particular neighbourhood plan area specified in the plan”
Such plans are prepared by the local community not by the Local Authority (in this case led by the Parish Council) and are intended to reflect very directly the views of the local community – having to be supported ultimately through a local referendum. Neighbourhood Plans allow residents to have a powerful influence in determining where new homes, shops, offices and community facilities should and should not be built, and what they should look like.
They can bring forward policies and proposals that are at variance with the Council’s Local Plan provided that the plan conforms generally to the strategic policies in that plan. An independent examiner of the plan appointed by the Local Authority also has to satisfy him/herself that:
- Appropriate regard has been taken to national planning policy (the National Planning Policy Framework);
- The plan contributes to achieving sustainable development (sustainable is defined in the NPPF as ensuring that better lives for ourselves don’t mean worse lives for future generations and development is defined as growth); and
- The plan is compatible with human rights requirements and EU obligations.
A Neighbourhood Plan that has been supported by referendum becomes part of the statutory development plan and becomes a weighty consideration in decisions on planning applications whether by the City Council or when developers appeal against refusal of planning permission.
The importance that Government attaches to Neighbourhood Plans is reflected in the special arrangements they have introduced for consideration of appeals in areas with a Neighbourhood Plan.
Appeals on significant development proposals that go against the provisions of a Neighbourhood Plan have to be referred for consideration by the Secretary of State.
In areas without a Neighbourhood Plan such appeal decisions can be made by a Planning Inspector without referral to Central Government.