The Story so Far
GRETTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN-THE STORY SO FAR
In early 2016 the Parish Council decided to investigate the possibility of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Gretton. Neighbourhood Plans have been around since 2011 as a result of the Government placing a renewed emphasis on planning at the local level because it believes that local people know best what local needs are and how they can be met. Such a plan will allow our community to put in place a vision and policies for the use and development of land.
We started the exercise by circulating details of Neighbourhood Planning to all of our residents with our Spring Parish Newsletter. We asked for volunteers and a small Neighbourhood Plan Project Group was set up and a meeting was held by the group in March 2016. It was decided to proceed and the first action taken was that the Parish Council (PC) should formally apply to the planning department at Corby Borough Council (CBC) to do a neighbourhood plan. It was decided that we should designate the whole of Gretton Parish as a Neighbourhood Area as opposed to simply the village boundary. The application was accepted by CBC and the consultation period ran from the 16th September to the 28th October 2016. On the 2nd November 2016 the PC received official confirmation that the application had been formally approved as presented. This was the first formal stage (of many) in the Neighbourhood planning preparation and we are now in a position to move forward.
I should explain that the proposed Neighbourhood Plan has to “dovetail” in with the North Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (NNJCS) which was adopted in July 2016. Policies in this strategy establish the overall strategy for the development and use of land in the area up to 2031. It is a strategic document that forms the basis for more detailed policies and proposals to be set out in subsequent planning documents including Part 2 Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans. You can view the NNJCS by searching for the document at www.nnjpu.org.uk
Corby Borough Council has started to prepare a Part 2 Local Plan for Corby. This must go through a set process of preparation, involving a number of key stages. The first stage is to notify interested parties of their intention to prepare a Local Plan and consult on what the plan should cover. The local plan being put together by CBC will include Gretton along with other rural communities in the Borough. The potential options presented in their consultation paper are a contingency approach in the event that for whatever reason our Neighbourhood Plan does not proceed.
A ‘Scoping Document Incorporating Issues and Options’ has been published by CBC for six week public consultation beginning on Monday 7th November 2016. The purpose of the consultation document is to seek views on the key issues that the Part 2 Local Plan for Corby should cover. As part of the consultation process CBC is also inviting comments on the associated ‘Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Document’ and supporting evidence.
You can view copies of the consultation documents and supporting evidence on the CBC website at Planning Policy Consultations | Corby Borough Council
If you would like to comment on these consultation documents or supporting evidence, these should be submitted before the consultation deadline of 5pm on Tuesday 20th December 2016. There are a number of ways you can respond:
· By using the interactive response form, which can be downloaded from Planning Policy Consultations | Corby Borough Council This allows you to type your comments next to the question that you want to comment on.
· By email to Localplans.firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Part 2 Local Plan for Corby consultation, Local Plans, Corby Borough Council, Deene House. New Post Office Square, Corby, Northamptonshire NN17 1GD
CBC are hosting drop in exhibitions across the Borough and one is to be held on Friday 18th Nov at the Village Hall from 3pm to 7pm
Members of the Gretton Neighbourhood Planning Project Group are carrying out further research and will hold their next meeting very early in 2017. In the meantime your responses to CBC’s local plan are encouraged and would be welcomed by them.
Andrew Royle Chairman Gretton Parish Council