Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan

Referendum

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council agreed, on 12 July, to proceed to a referendum on the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Development Plan, which will take place on 14 September 2017. As required by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended, a Decision Statement has been published which can be found below.

In accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations (2012) as amended, the council has published an information statement which sets out information relating to the referendum and also the following specified documents:

The Referendum will be held on Thursday 14 September 2017 between 7am and 10pm. The question asked in the referendum will be:

“Do you want Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Whitchurch to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The referendum area is identified on the map which is included with the information statement. The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Neighbourhood Plan area for Whitchurch.

The referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures similar to those used at local government elections. For further information and timetable for the referendum visit Neighbourhood Planning Referendum

Hard copies of the specified documents are available for inspection at:

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices
London Road
Basingstoke
RG21 4AH
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm
Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Basingstoke Discovery Centre
Festival Place Shopping Centre
Basingstoke
RG21 7LS
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm
Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm
Whitchurch Library (Gill Nethercott Centre)
Winchester Road
Whitchurch
RG28 7HP
Monday 1pm to 5pm
Wednesday 1pm to 7pm
Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm
Whitchurch Town Council Offices
Town Hall
Newbury Street
Whitchurch
RG28 7DW
Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am to 11.30am
Tuesday 9.30am to 12.30pm

Examination

The Independent Examination of the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan commenced on 5 May 2017. The Examination was conducted by Janet Cheesley of Chec Planning Ltd. She was appointed by the borough council, in agreement with Whitchurch Town Council, having been referred to the council by the Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service (NPIERS).

The Examiners final report was submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Whitchurch Town Council on 8 June 2017. The full report is set out below, along with details of relevant correspondence pertaining to the examination process.

Examiners Report

Clarification regarding policy HD2

The Examiner recommended that, subject to a number of proposed modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum. The Examiner also recommended that the area for the referendum be based on the designated Whitchurch Neighbourhood Area as approved by the borough council in March 2013.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Whitchurch Neighbourhood Development Plan (WNP) was submitted to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (BDBC) on 19 January 2017. The consultation was published on Monday 27 February 2017 for a period of six weeks.

The consultation for the submission Whitchurch NP closed on Monday 10 April 2017. The consultation documents consisted of submission Whitchurch NP, Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment, Consultation Statement, Basic Conditions Statement, the representation form, a guidance note. Additionally, there are a number of evidence base documents that can be viewed on the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan website by clicking the following link - http://whitchurch-hampshire-tc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/

In addition, the plan was subject to a compliance check to ensure it complies with the relevant legislation. The borough council’s decision and completed checklist can be found here:

What happens next?

At the end of the publicity period any comments received will be passed on to the appointed examiner who will then carry out an independent examination on the neighbourhood plan. The examiner will consider whether the plan meets the Basic Conditions or whether any changes need to be made. The examiner will recommend if the plan should proceed to referendum.

Details of the examination timetable and procedure will be published when available.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

Consultation on the Pre-Submission WNP took place from 20 November 2015– 8 January 2016. For more information please visit the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan website by clicking on the following link – http://whitchurch-hampshire-tc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/events/

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment

The borough council has undertaken screening for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). The results of the SA/SEA and the screening report and the decision notice is available to view below:

Neighbourhood Plan Area designation

The Whitchurch Neighbourhood Area was approved on the 22 March 2013. View copies of the documents associated with the area designation below:

Whitchurch Neighbourhood Area map
Whitchurch Neighbourhood Area application

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