In 2014 with the Parish Plan 2008-2012 out of date the Parish Council decided to investigate the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan due to the benefits offered.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 worked together with a planning consultant to review the feedback from the Pre-Submission Consultation and revise the draft Neighbourhood Plan document. The updated document was presented and agreed by the Parish Council on 27 November 2018 before being submitted to East Cambridgeshire District Council for Independent Examination the following day. The district council reviewed the plan together with supporting documents and confirmed that the plan met the statutory requirements. It therefore proceeded to examination.
There was a public consultation organised by the district council which closed on 17 January 2019 after which the plan was examined by the Independent Examiner. Here is the Sutton Neighbourhood Submission Plan November 2018.
The Independent Examiner issued his report in early March 2019. This recommended a number of modifications which needed to be made to the plan before it was submitted to a referendum. The plan underwent minor modifications in response to the examiner’s recommendations.
On Thursday 21 March East Cambridgeshire District Council issued a Decision Statement which meant that the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan went to a referendum of residents on Thursday 2 May 2019.
Here is the Sutton Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version March 2019 which parish residents voted on when the referendum was held. A total of 1105 votes (90.5%) were cast in favour of the plan and just 116 (9.5%) against the plan.
The Sutton Neighbourhood Plan was then formally adopted by a unanimous vote at the full council of East Cambridgeshire District Council here on 30 May 2019.