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Making the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan

In 2014 with the Parish Plan 2008-2012 out of date the Parish Council decided to investigate the process for creating a Neighbourhood Plan due to the benefits offered.

Planning the way forward

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.

Designating the Neighbourhood Area

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.

Gaining the views of residents

  • A survey was distributed to all houses in the village in January 2015. This provided residents with their first real opportunity to contribute to the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • An Open Forum was held on 19 February 2015 at which residents had the opportunity to hear about the results of the survey and to learn more about Neighbourhood Plans in general.
  • An Open Day was held at the Glebe on Saturday 3 October 2015 aimed at gathering information from residents for the purpose of formulating the Vision, Aims and Objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A second survey was held in January 2016. The purpose of this was to provide residents with the opportunity of commenting on the proposed objectives that came out of the Open Day.
  • A Business Forum was held at the Elean Business Park on 19 May 2016 to gain the views of local businesses on what we require for the future.
  • A set up draft policies were developed and published in July 2016 in the Parish Council Summer Newsletter and on the Neighbourhood Plan website with an online survey used to collect feedback.
  • The Draft Neighbourhood Plan launch on 24 March 2018 at the Glebe in Sutton. A series of displays expected the process, history and Neighbourhood Plan proposals. You can find out here.
  • The Pre-Submission Consultation began on Monday 16 July 2018 after the finalised draft Neighbourhood Plan document was formally approved at the Parish Council meeting on 26 June 2018. The consultation ran through to Monday 10 September 2018.

More details of the consultations that have taken place can be found here: Details of Consultations.

Developing the Policies

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.

What stage is the Plan at now?

The Neighbourhood Plan Working Party has been working 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 next stages

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 May 2019.