In 2014 with the Parish Plan 2008-2012 out of date the Parish Council decided to investigate the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan due to the benefits offered.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 determine 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. After a six week Consultation that ran from 19 November until 31 December 2014 the District Council approved the Sutton Parish Council’s application to designate a Neighbourhood Area.
Based on the issues raised by residents, objectives and draft policies have been developed covering the same six topic areas that we had at the Open Forum in October 2015.
On completion of the Plan there will then be a 6 week Consultation before it is submitted to the local authority for independent examination. The Consultation period will provide residents with the opportunity to comment on the Plan at this stage. 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 April 2017.