Key stages for the creation of Stewkley’s Neighbourhood Plan
Step 1: Initial communication phase
Communication to the Stewkley Community of the Parish Council’s decision to create a Neighbourhood Plan (highlighted on the village notice boards, The Grapevine, village website)
Step 2: Identify the plan area
Designating the Parish Neighbourhood (Plan) Area and agreeing the location and size with AVDC.
Step 3: Forming a Steering Group
Creating a Stewkley Community Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, led by the Parish Council, with appropriate clubs, societies and age representatives.
Step 4: Preparing the draft Neighbourhood Plan
This will include research into the need (from the local demographics and housing requirements) Consultations (with the clubs, societies, the community in general, local businesses, school, church and statutory bodies eg. Planning, highways, environment, ecology, heritage and utilities) to form the evidence for the Plan, public meetings and presentations (to receive the village community’s views on this evidence and conclusions) and the writing up the Plan to form a document. It will cover areas such as housing need, areas for protection (eg. Listed buildings, open spaces), traffic calming and car parking, business needs, and ecology).
Step 5: Pre-submission publicity & consultation
The Parish Council publishes the draft Plan for consultation with the parish and all required statutory consultees. Consultation period is 6 weeks.
Step 6: Plan submission
Submission of a Neighbourhood Plan proposal to AVDC local planning authority – AVDC’s formal review of the ‘final’ draft Neighbourhood Plan
Step 7: Independent Examination
An independent person(s) reviews the Plan and publishes his/ her conclusion Assuming there are no issues, AVDC send the Plan for a Stewkley Community Referendum. Stewkley residents will receive a copy of the final Neighbourhood Plan to review for themselves.
Step 8: Referendum
Stewkley residents vote for or against on a given day. If over 50% voters, vote for the Plan then this is deemed approved by the Community.
Step 9: Making the plan
Making the Neighbourhood Plan (bringing it into force) – AVDC local planning authority ensures the Plan complies with EU obligations and Convention Rights and then deems the Plan ‘Made’ (adopted)
Neighbourhood Plan Progress Map 14th February 2017
Neighbourhood Plan Progress Map 23rd May 2017
Neighbourhood Plan Progress Map 3rd December 2017