We now seem to have overcome the last problems with the grant request and it is now full steam ahead to get the regulation 14 packs out to all residents for comment. The distribution is likely to take place in the 2nd week of November, with responses required by the 2nd week of December.
You will be able to return physical copies of the responses, or post them online.
This morning, the third and hopefully last grant request was submitted to Locality.
This should enable the steering group to get to the end of the Neighbourhood Plan process.
For various reasons, amongst them waiting for a quote and the fact that Shropshire Council decided they wanted to review our draft document when they didn’t have time to, we have had a hiatus in production of the plan.
However, Shropshire Council are ready to go and today we had the final quote necessary to apply for the last grant.
The steering group are meeting tonight in Moreton Say Village Hall where we can now hopefully thrash out the steps needed to produce the consultation document.
Watch this space.
Because we were delayed by Covid amongst other things, we did not finish the tasks that were required in the last financial year. This means that we have had to return the unspent part of last year’s grant money. However, we are finalising the policy document and we are able to apply again for what we need to achieve in this financial year (which should finish the process).
Very soon, a summary document will be posted to every house in the 3 parishes with which will be a comment sheet so that you can give us your feedback. This then drives the final version which will be voted on at a referendum. If this passes, it is then sent for examination before becoming planning policy. So we are nearly there, just the last couple of hurdles to go.
The draft neighbourhood plan is almost finished. The steering group’s next meeting is on Wednesday 6th April, at which hopefully we will agree the final format ready to be published so that everyone can have a look and make any comments before we move onto the final stage. We really need as many comments on the consultation as possible, as this is not our document, it is yours. It has been created by using all the comments from the parish meetings, questionnaires etc. This will affect any planning requests going forward, meaning that this is a document that will be used at Parish level to base decisions on.
Just a quick update to say that the plan is still being compiled, and we haven’t forgotten about it!
Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
At the steering group meeting a couple of days ago, the rest of the Neighbourhood Plan process was discussed, along with the grant and how that affects the budget. We are now in the process of evidence gathering by aPt, which combines all the evidence that we have gathered so far from online data, survey responses, village hall meetings etc. This will give us a way to start the process of writing the plan. We now seem to have lost SRCC’s involvement in this process, so discussions were had over what can be done by the steering group and what might need further consultant help.
We have now had acceptance of the grant application, although not quite for the full amount. The remaining amount can be applied for at a later date.
We have now started the ball rolling on getting the necessary grant to carry on until the plan is adopted.
Having had a first pass at categorising the comments that were added to the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire, we are now moving onto the next stage which will be to prepare the draft plan. This will involve gathering all the evidence, answers and comments from all stages of the process and turning it into a set of policies to be approved.