In 2014 with the Parish Plan 2008-2012 out of date the Parish Council decided to investigate the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan due to the benefits offered.
Various preparatory steps were then taken. A meeting was held with a representative from a local Parish Council who had already made considerable progress in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. Contact was also made with East Cambridgeshire District Council to make them aware of our plans and to discuss how best to work with them.
The next stage was to designate the boundaries for the Neighbourhood Plan. After some consideration the decision was made to use the Parish Council boundaries as the issues facing the neighbouring villages and their requirements for the future were different to ours. A six week Consultation ran from 19 November until 31 December 2014. The District Council approved the Sutton Parish Council’s application to designate a Neighbourhood Area at their meeting on 8 January 2015.
More details of the designation consultation and decision can be found here: Plan Area Designation details.
More details of the consultations that have taken place can be found here: Details of Consultations.
In the first stages of engaging with residents to seek their views the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party developed a Vision, Aims and Objectives. Later consultation was focussed on the development of Plan Policies and also Community Actions. See the Policies page for more details.
The Neighbourhood Plan Working Party are working together with a planning consultant to review the feedback from the Pre-Submission Consultation prior to revising the draft Neighbourhood Plan document. The updated document will the be submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council for Independent Examination.
There will be a further consultation period during the Independent Examination. If the Plan is found to be satisfactory the local authority will arrange for a referendum to take place. Residents on the electoral register will be entitled to vote.
At this stage we are estimating completing the Plan by February 2019.