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 report by the Independent Examiner was received on the 9th September 2017.
He did not recommend that the plan go for referendum without revisions to Policy RES1, he recommended that the Steering Group replace the original criteria based policy for extensions to the settlement boundary with specific housing site allocations supported by evidence. He recommended that the Plan be amended and be subject to a further regulation 16 consultation, then be submitted for a further independent examination.
Preston City Council and Broughton Parish Council have acted on this report and the plan has been amended where recommended.
To support the amendments the Parish Council commissioned an independent report (by JBA consultants) of possible Village development sites, with a view to clarifying the village boundaries and a Strategic Environmental and Habitats regulations assessment, as additional evidence for the revised Neighbourhood Plan.
This report includes a tool for the Parish Council to use in future, to appraise all significant developments using criteria from local, regional and national planning policy.
The updated Neighbourhood Plan now integrates the revised RES1 with the justification for the revisions and a number of other small changes that the independent examiner recommended.
The October 2017 version of the Neighbourhood Plan, the updated Basic Conditions Statement and the additional reports are available below.
This version was agreed by the Steering Group and endorsed by the Parish Council on the 24th October 2017. It will be published by the City Council for a further period of consultation, which will run until early December, after which it will go to the Independent examiner with the commissioned reports and updated Basic Standards Statement.
Hopefully examination of this will not be a long process, as the independent examiner has been kept informed by Preston City Council of progress on this additional work. As a result of the work commissioned by the Parish Council, certain sites are now included in the Neighbourhood Plan as Allocated sites. These sites and others around the Village Centre have been assessed using the Matrix produced by the consultants for appraising planning applications.
The Plans Aims and Objectives have not been changed, the key changes are in the revised RES1 policy which in the Neighbourhood Plan is part of section 8.5 Area Specific Neighbourhood Plan Housing Policies.
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.
THE REVISED NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR BROUGHTON - OCTOBER 2017 VERSION
* Please note: these versions, v3 for the Strategic Environmental Assessment and and v4 for the Sites Visual Appraisal, have had the RES1 map updated to include the bypass.
BASIC CONDITIONS STATEMENT