Arlesey Neighbourhood Plan 

Public consultation period 20 January 2017 – 3 March 2017

The Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 (Regulation 19)

The Arlesey Neighbourhood Plan is being published for a six week period.    The documents are available on Central Bedfordshire Council’s website at: http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/planning/policy/neighbourhood-planning/arlesey.aspx and hard copies are available to view on request at Central Bedfordshire Council’s offices at Priory House, Chicksands or at Arlesey Town Council offices, High Street, Arlesey.

The Plan has been submitted along with accompanying documents by Arlesey Town Council to Central Bedfordshire Council for formal consideration by an Examiner in accordance with planning regulations.

CBC are inviting comments on the Neighbourhood Plan, either by email to Neighbourhood.Plans@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk  or in writing to the Local Plan Team at the address shown below. All comments must be received no later than 3 March 2017

All comments will be passed to an Examiner to be considered. If the Plan is successful at Examination, it will proceed to a referendum to allow residents to vote. If the Plan is successful at referendum, Central Bedfordshire Council will ‘make’ the Plan part of the development plan for the area and use it during the consideration of planning applications. If you wish to be informed of the outcome please let us know in your comments.

Have Your Say on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Arlesey Neighbourhood Plan has now been completed in draft form and everyone in Arlesey now has the opportunity to have their say on the contents. The draft plan was approved by Arlesey Town Council at the meeting on 5th July 2016 and it is now subject to a mandatory six week consultation period prior to submission to Central Bedfordshire Council.

Due to the holiday period, the Steering Committee has decided to extend the consultation period, and the last time for the receipt of comments is 5pm on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

What is in the Neighbourhood Plan?

You can view and download the full document here.

There are also a number of evidence base documents supporting the plan, links to which can be found on the Arlesey Neighbourhood Plan website at www.arleseynp.org.uk.

Can I ask questions?

If you would like to know more about the plan and talk to some of the team who put the plan together, we will be holding a second public events on Tuesday 23rd August at the Village Hall.

How can I comment on the plan?

You will be able to leave your feedback at the public events, but you can also respond by completing our online survey which provides a summary of all the policies in the draft plan. It is recommended that you read the sections of the plan associated with each of the sixteen policies as this provides the background as to why each policy has been proposed.

You are also welcome to send your comments by email or in writing using the following contact details:

Email: projectteam@arleseynp.org.uk

Correspondence Address:

Arlesey Neighbourhood Plan

c/o Arlesey Town Council

Community Centre

High Street

Arlesey SG15 6SN

 

What happens next?

Following the consultation period, all feedback will be reviewed and addressed, and appropriate changes made to the plan before it is submitted to CBC. It will then be subjected to a second consultation period, before it will be examined to ensure that it meets all the legal requirements for a Neighbourhood Plan. The final stage will be for the completed plan to be put to a referendum of Arlesey residents, which if successful, will lead to the plan being adopted as part of local planning policy.

The Arlesey Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group first met in February 2015 and this page will be regularly updated as progress is made.

The Neighbourhood Plan Website contains lots more information on Neighbourhood Plans and the current progress, including all the minutes of the Steering Group meetings. You can also follow our progress on the Facebook page.

Previous News

27/01/2016:  A message of thanks from Cllr Jon Want, Chairman of Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee, regarding NP Questionnaire responses.

Message from Cllr Want, Chairman of NP Steering Committee  

 

Working Group Brieifing Session

On Tuesday 28th July at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, we will be holding a Briefing Session for all proposed and possible members of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Groups. A list of the groups is given below, and any resident is welcome to come along to either observe or get involved.

      Traffic and parking
      Housing
      Environment
      Businesses and local economy
      Heritage
      Shops and services
      Sports and recreation
      Amenities for children and young people
      Footpaths and cycle routes

Get involved

We are always looking for people to help out with the Neighbourhood Plan – there is lots to do and we can never have enough volunteers. Check out the website for the details of the next meeting and come along. Alternatively, you can contact the team on projectteam@arleseynp.org.uk.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for open space or development. It can cover a wide range of issues including housing, employment, heritage, recreation and transport. While it must conform to national policies and the local government development plan, it carries more weight than other local planning documents such as the Town Plan because the local authority will be legally obliged to make planning decisions based upon what is in this plan. Finally, in order to be formally put in place, it must be supported by a majority of residents voting at a special referendum that will happen at the end of the process. Once a Neighbourhood Plan is adopted, significant government funds will be available to implement the Plan. There is also potential to release funds generated as a result of any development and to make them accessible at a local level – funds that would otherwise be under the control of CBC.