Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans are a fundamentally new tool to give communities more control over the type, location, size, pace and design of development in their areas. They were introduced under the Localism Act 2011 as part of a suite of new community rights.

How does a Neighbourhood Plan get adopted?

Once drafted a Neighbourhood Plan must be passed by an external examiner, after which the plan can be put to a local referendum for approval by the voting electorate in the parish. If that referendum has a majority positive vote it will (after a 6 week pause) become adopted.

How long will it take to get a Neighbourhood Plan in place?

The process started in August 2014 and it may take up to 2 years to complete. However we need your involvement at this early stage to give guidance on areas which you feel the plan ought to focus.

Why should Whitchurch have a Neighbourhood Plan?

Without a Neighbourhood Plan, Whitchurch will leave itself wide open to any and all development applications. Without a Plan, Whitchurch will be powerless to defend itself against any unwanted development.

We expect the Whitchurch Neighbourhood Plan to have an intensely local focus. It can be as ambitious or as modest as the community decides. So please take the time to attend YOUR community focus meeting on:

It’s your village, so have your say in its future!

“A Neighbourhood Plan has teeth”

A major housing application had been refused by the local planning authority and the application went to appeal. Crucially the scheme was not in line with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan. Communities Minister, Eric Pickles, rejected the appeal because of a conflict with the adopted Neighbourhood Plan and said:

“ … neighbourhood plans once made part of the development plan, should be upheld as an effective means to shape and direct development in the neighbourhood planning area to ensure that the best located sites are developed”

Nick Boles, Under-Secretary of state for Communities and Local Government also said:

“ …for the first time ever in the planning system a neighbourhood document has equal statuary force alongside a local plan”

Please let us know if you would like to help and/or be kept informed by contacting:

TEL: 01275 839873
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Results of Poll

Whitchurch Village

Referendum on the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan

Just a quick note to update you on the Referendum held last Thurs 16th November. Thank you to all those who voted, please see the Declaration of Result below, with a resounding Yes vote. The next step is the Joint Spatial Plan, please come along to a meeting being held on Thursday 23rd November from 7-9pm in the Whitchurch and Pensford Royal British Legion, to find out how the proposals could affect Whitchurch Village.


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Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan Information Statement

A referendum relating to the adoption of Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 16 November 2016.

The question which will be asked in the referendum is:

‘Do you want Bath & North East Somerset Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Whitchurch Village to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The referendum area is identical to the area which has been designated as the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan Area, and is identified on the map included with this information statement.

A person is entitled to vote in the referendum if: • he or she is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and
• his or her qualifying address for the election is in the referendum area. A person’s qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered.

The referendum expenses limit is £2,427.37. The number of persons entitled to vote in the referendum by reference to which that limit has been calculated is 1,108.

The referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

Copies of the documents listed below and overleaf are available for public inspection during normal office opening hours at:

One Stop Shop, Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG

Bath Central Library, 19-23 The Podium, Northgate Street, Bath BA1 5AN

Whitchurch Parish Council, Community Centre Office, Bristol Road, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0PT

Sleep Lane Dental Practice, Sleep Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol, BS14 0QN

The documents can also be viewed on Bath & North East Somerset Council’s website at: www.bathnes.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning

List of documents available for public inspection

  • The draft Neighbourhood Plan
  • The report of the independent examiner into the draft Neighbourhood Plan;
  • A summary of the representations submitted to the independent examiner;
  • The statement of the local planning authority (Bath & North East Somerset Council) that the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specified by statute and complies with the relevant legislation;
  • A statement that sets out general information as to town and country planning (including neighbourhood planning) and the referendum;
  • A map of the Whitchurch Village Neighbourhood Plan area.

Dated: Monday 9 October 2017

Maria Lucas
Counting Officer
Electoral Services
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Guildhall, High Street, Bath BA1 5AW

Neighbourhood Planning Documents 2014-2017

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The Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Following the first round of consultation, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan has now been verified as complete by B&NES Council and is available to download.

B&NES Council will now start a six week formal consultation from the 19th of May 2017 until the 30th of June 2017.

Any additional comments will be passed to an appointed planning inspector who will then decide whether to carry out a public examination.

The Plan and supporting documents are available to download from the following links:-

Neighbourhood Plan Proposals: Whitchurch
The Draft Neighbourhood Plan