Next Steps

The Plan is now entering the  final stages  of  the process defined by the  Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

Once we have a decision from South Gloucestershire Council regarding the need or otherwise to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) we will be taking the following actions.

1 – If a SEA is required  – we will assign the work to Consultants. It will take around 3 months to obtain the report which if deemed required will be part of the evidence we have to supply with the Plan when it is submitted.

If SEA not required we will receive an exemption letter  and  will not have this time penalty .

2 – Pre Submission Consultation – This is a mandatory requirement  Regulation 14 of the Regulations.

This will be a formal consultation with the community where the plan is publicised :-

  • details of the proposals for a neighbourhood development plan;
  • details of where and when the proposals for a neighbourhood development plan may be inspected;
  • details of how to make representations; and
  • the date by which those representations must be received, being not less than 6 weeks from the date on which the draft proposal is first publicised;

Representations will be considered and the Plan possibly modified  to accordingly reflect.

3 – At the same time   Consultation and Basic conditions statements will be written  – these are part of the  evidence  that has to be submitted  with the plan .

4 – The Plan  and evidence will then  be submitted to South Gloucestershire  Council (SGC).(Regulation 15 )

5 – SGC will  check the submitted  documents for conformity  to the basic condition.

6 – If SGC  are satisfied they will   publish  and formally consult with the local community . This will be the opportunity for  those members of the community   who wish to make representations regarding the plan to formally  comment. (Regulation 16) These comments will also form part of the evidence base when all the documentation presented is sent for  Independent examination.

Notwithstanding the elapsed time should an SEA be required  the process until the end of Regulation 16  is  going to be something in the order  of 5 months.

If all of this goes to plan, the appointment of an Independent Examiner should be possible in the Autumn by which time another status report will have been published.