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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Report Consultation
Thank you to everyone who has participated in the consultations that we’ve held to date for the emerging Newton Longville Neighbourhood Plan. The comments received from the most recent Regulation 14 Pre-Submission consultation, which ended on 4 January, have all been considered. At the Parish Council meeting on Monday 15th the feedback was discussed and decisions made on a relatively small number of minor changes to the Plan (mostly updates and clarifying text). A revised version of the Neighbourhood Plan is now being prepared for submission in to Buckinghamshire Council under Regulation 16, after the consultation on the SEA Report finishes.
One of the essential steps to get our Neighbourhood Plan through is a six week consultation on a document titled the Strategic Environmental Assessment, or SEA. This is an independent review of our emerging Plan looking in particular at the impacts of our housing allocations on Climatic Factors, the Historic Environment, Landscape, Population & Housing and Transportation (the report assesses these impacts as all positive).
Ideally the SEA consultation would have been done at the same time as the one for our Regulation 14 Pre-Submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan, but we didn’t receive the report from consultants AECOM for review until after the latter consultation had ended. We are therefore running our SEA consultation from today (Wednesday 24 January) until Wednesday 6 March. A copy of the SEA Report can be downloaded below (a paper copy of the report can be provided on request, subject to a fee).
We are also making avalable, for context purposes, the latest version of the draft Submission Version of the Neighbourhood Plan, but it is important to note that we are not currently consulting on that document. The next opportunity for comments on the Plan is expected to be the Regulation 16 consultation undertaken by Buckinghamshire Council.
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the Regulation 14 Pre-Submission consultation for the emerging Newton Longville Neigbourhood Plan which closed on 3 January. Discussion and agreement on the next steps is on the agenda for our Parish Council meeting which starts at 7pm on Monday 15 January at Longueville Hall. After this the next stage will be to submit the plan to Buckinghamshire Council.
Regulation 14 Pre-Submission Consultation
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We had a two week consultation period on the Neighbourhood Plan in September. By the time this had ended on the 29th we had received 207 written responses and seen 120 attend one of the drop-ins held at Longueville Hall and the Free Church. We did circulate a leaflet after the event which thanked everyone who had participated but it would not be amiss to repeat the Parish Council’s appreciation here.
Although just under 97% of those who provided feedback expressed support for the Plan with the overall scores for all of the other questions being positive, we did get some useful comments and these were taken into account in an updated draft of the document which went to our Neighbourhood Plan consultant. She sent back a small number of recommendations for further changes which we have also taken into account.
The substance of the draft Neighbourhood Plan has not changed from the version that was so well supported in September. The amendments that have been made are largely presentational, clarifying meaning and justification.
This step into the Regulation 14 Pre-Submission consultation phase marks another milestone in the process to get our village’s Neighbourhood Plan ‘Made’, and we believe we are still on course for this to be completed by May 2024.
We recommend you read through the Consultation Booklet which was issued as part of the November/December edition of the Village Pump and may be downloaded below.
The Consultation Booklet has several sections:
NP 1. A summary of the feedback received from the September 2023 consultation phase.
NP 2. A summary of the more significant changes made since the September 2023 version.
NP 3. An outline of the Vision, Objectives, Policies and Aspirations as described in the latest edition of the draft Neighbourhood Plan.
NP 4. Information on how you can see or acquire a copy of the full draft Neighbourhood Plan document.
NP 5. Information on the two drop-in consultation sessions listed above.
Regulation 14 Downloads:
Many thanks to everyone who participated in the two week Neighbourhood Plan consultation, When the consultation period ended last Friday (29 September) in total we had had 120 people attend the drop-in sessions during the first week (excluding a class from the village school who came into the Free Church while we were there to deliver their Harvest Festival gifts to the Warm Spaces group!) That was good but what was even better was that by the end of the final day we had received 207 completed feedback forms, either in paper form or online.
It is pleasing to be able to report that just under 97% of those who gave us their views said that they agreed that they support the draft plan (as it was presented to them for this stage). We are still analysing the many comments but other elements of the draft Neighbourhood Plan also seem to have been supported by the majority (for example, we had 100% agreement that the rural character of the village should be protected, including the green spaces and public rights of way). We hope to complete our analysis in time to get a summary of the outputs out to all residents by the weekend. At the same time we have also started to review the draft plan, comparing the draft with the feedback received to see where changes are appropriate.
The next public stage to get the Neighbourhood Plan finalised is the 6 week Regulation 14 public consultation. More on this will also follow soon.
Again, many thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.
The Newton Longville Neighbourhood plan has been under construction for some time. While the work has been done by the Steering Group and the Parish Council, there have been several occasions when the views of stakeholders (local residents, business and land owners, and those working in the parish) have been sought before this. An obvious example of this was the Settlement Boundary which was defined after consultation in 2021.
With a draft plan almost complete we will soon be able to move to the six week Regulation 14 Pre-submission Consultation on the draft plan. Before we do that, we ran this informal public consultation, seeking feedback to confirm that we have been heading in the right direction.