Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2029

Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2029

Neighbourhood planning regulations (Regulation 14) require the draft neighbourhood plan proposal to be the subject of a pre-submission consultation before it is submitted to the local authority for independent examination.

The Parish Council are now undertaking a period of consultation for 6 weeks (1st October to 12th November).

Villagers and businesses around the Parish are invited to read The Plan and if they have any comments or suggestions, submit them to the Parish Clerk:

Mr Guy Ravine, 63 Furnace Lane, Nether Heyford, Northamptonshire, NN7 3JS

Comments can also be sent by email:

A form for comments can be found here, which can be saved and sent electronically, or printed off and posted, or left with any member of the Parish Council. There will be some printed blank forms at all the places where the printed versions of the plan can be found.

The closing date for the Clerk to receive comments is Friday 12th November 2021. All comments received by the end of the consultation period will be considered conscientiously by the Parish Council. All representations will be considered, but it is legitimate for the neighbourhood plan body to take a different view, and provide a rationale for their judgement to the external examiner.

Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2029 Executive Summary extracts:

The Localism Act 2011 gives Parish Councils and other relevant bodies powers to prepare Neighbourhood Development Plans (NDPs) to help guide development in their local areas. Once ‘made’, a Neighbourhood Plan becomes a statutory document forming part of the ‘Development Framework’ and sits alongside the West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy (adopted in 2014), the South Northamptonshire Part 2 Local Plan (adopted 2020), and since 2021, the West Northamptonshire Council policies. This means that any development applications will be determined in accordance with this plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The Neighbourhood Area covers the whole of the Nether Heyford parish. It is a long established, well recognised and clearly defined area, entirely within the remit of Nether Heyford Parish Council (as the ‘qualifying body’). The parish incorporates the village of Nether Heyford, where the majority of residents live and which has a clear physical and social identity, together with the surrounding rural area. A steering group comprising Parish Councillors and local residents was established in June 2016 to progress work on the plan.

Public Consultation
In order to ensure that everyone who wanted to had an opportunity to share their thoughts on the aims and content of the Plan, a number of events, maildrops, face to face meetings and questionnaires have been used to maximise community input. Regular updates and feedback have been given via the village Prattler and the Neighbourhood Plan Website. An Open Day drew on the residents’ thoughts about the village, and a subsequent household survey was delivered to every property in the area. A Consultation Event presented results and shared information gathered, and an independent household needs survey and independent site assessments were undertaken. There were some postponements of meetings and communications due to the Covid Pandemic, although work continued to progress the Plan throughout.

By 2029, Nether Heyford will have retained and celebrated its historic rural village character, by protecting and enhancing the appeal and uniqueness of the Parish of Nether Heyford, and will have ensured that any housing development opportunities have been sustainable and appropriate to the identified housing need of villagers. It is a place where people want to and are enabled to live, work and contribute, now and in future generations.

Nether Heyford Neighbourhood Plan 2021-2029

Full Plan & Supporting Documentation:

Consultation Version – 58 pages – PDF

Executive Summary – 8 pages – PDF

Supporting Documentation – 264 pages – PDF


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