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Bodenham Parish Council Notice


The independent planning inspector has now completed his Examination of our Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) and has just issued his final Report on it, a copy of which you can find here.

The good news is that the Examiner has recommended that, subject to a number of modifications, the Plan is fit to proceed to a referendum.

As you will see from his Report, the modifications which the Examiner has recommended are concerned with ensuring that the NDP complies with all the relevant legislation - most notably the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, but also EU regulations - as well as with national planning policies and government guidance on their implementation. He has therefore not accepted certain aspects of some of the policies we had proposed and has recommended that these be amended or reworded. However, most importantly for the future properly managed and sustainable growth of the Parish, he has agreed that our housing calculations are robust, that they meet the requirements set out in Herefordshire Council's Core Strategy, and that the settlement boundaries which we have defined in the Plan are appropriate.

We can therefore say that in all key respects the Plan has emerged very successfully from this stage of the neighbourhood planning process.

We will now work with Herefordshire Council on producing the final, modified version of the Plan ready for the Referendum which is likely to be held in July or August.

Tony Mitcheson
For Bodenham Parish Council

Date: 11/05/2018
Link: Click here for more details

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