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Neighbourhood Plan Update (September 2017)

The Independent Examiner has raised further questions which were answered in a joint response from Leeds City Council & Thorp Arch Parish Council on the 12th September 2017. This document is available to view in the Evidence section of the website.

Neighbourhood Plan Update (August 2017)

The Independent Examiner, Rosemary Kidd, is currently undertaking the examination of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and, having completed the initial review, a list of questions seeking further information or clarification on certain matters has been sent to the Parish Council and Leeds City Council.

A joint response to the Examiners questions was submitted on the 21st August and this document and supporting maps are available to view in the Evidence section of the website.

What is the role of the independent examiner? it is:

Limited to testing whether or not the neighbourhood plan meets the 'basic conditions'. These are set out in law following the Localism Act 2011. In order to meet the basic conditions, the Plan must:

  • have regard to national polices and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
  • contribute to the achievement of sustainable development; 
  • be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan for the area;
  • be compatible with European Union (UE) and European Convention on Human Rights (EUHR) Obligations.

and the Independent Examiners report must make one of the following recommendations:

a)   the Plan should proceed to referendum, on the basis that it meets all legal requirements; or
b)   the plan, once modified to meet all relevant legal requirements, should proceed to Referendum; or
c)   the Plan should not proceed to Referendum, on the basis that it does not meet the relevant legal requirements.

Freedom of Information Request:

The Steering Group have been advised by Leeds City Council that a 'FOI' request was received from the agents representing Rockspring Hanover Property Trust (owners of TATE) asking for details of all correspondence, phone calls and other discussions between representatives of Thorp Arch Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and any Officers of Leeds City Council. The information was provided by the Council under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, as opposed to under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Where could this be leading? 

Neighbourhood Plan Update (April 2017)

We are now entering the Pre-submission Publicity Stage.

Following the representation received last autumn from residents, stakeholders and consultees to the Draft Plan under Regulation 14 pre-submission consultation, the Steering Group has made some small but significant changes to some of the policies to add clarity and to strengthen their intent.

Some of the Key changes made are:

• Policy BE4 - Protecting non-designated historical features now includes Pear Tree Cottage.

• Policy H1 - Site allocations has been re-named Residential Development and no longer allocates land for housing.

• Policy CF1 - Retention and provision of community facilities has been re-named to also include recreational facilities.

• Policy LE1 - Thorp Arch Trading Estate has been clarified as applying to the zone of UDP 2006 Employment Land.

• Policy LE2 - Supporting small scale business growth has been amended to include both new and existing businesses.

• Policy LE3 - Farm diversification has been amended to include emphasis on consideration of the impact on landscape, traffic and the wish to sustain local employment.

We have also received from Leeds City Council, the Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment Screening Report which concluded that neither an SEA or HRA is required for the Draft Neighbourhood Plan.

The Steering Group is now in a position to publish its proposals in the form of them ’Submission Draft March 2017’ which was submitted to Leeds City Council on the 5th April 2017 for Regulation 16 Publication and then independent examination.

Regulation 16 Publicity for the Thorp Arch Neighbourhood Development Plan is due to begin on Monday 24th April 2017 and will run for 6 weeks until Monday 5th June (5pm) 2017 and then independent examination. As part of Regulation 16 Publicity, the Plan will be available to view on the Parish Council / Neighbourhood Plan and Leeds City Council’s website and hard copies made available to view at Wetherby and Boston Spa libraries, Lady Elizabeth Hastings’ school and you will again be able to request the loan of a hard copy (available for 48 hours) by contacting Graham Duxbury – 01937 845751.

Notices will also be placed around the Neighbourhood Area informing residents of the publicity period and how to make further representations.

The independent examiner will be appointed in due course to examine the Plan and subject to any proposed modifications and the Plan meeting the Basic Conditions the Plan will then come back to you to vote on in a referendum, at which point a positive result will make our Plan a legal and statutory part of the Leeds Local Plan.

Neighbourhood Plan Update (Oct 2016)

The consultation period closed on 3 October 2016, it was extended due to requests made by Carter Jonas and Pegasus on behalf of landowners they represented.

First a big thank you to everyone who responded to the draft plan, each household and business in Thorp Arch received a hand delivered letter, summary document and questionnaire and a total of 76 responses were received, representing a return of 18.3% with 133 individual comments made on specific items.

Although the number of returns was disappointing, it still represents a high response rate for this type of survey and may reflect "community tiredness" with the unavoidable time it has taken to prepare the neighbourhood plan. The report of the TANDP feedback and representation received from statutory Consultees and stakeholders can be viewed in the evidence section of the website. So the next step for the steering group is to check compliance and analyse the feedback and representation received and report back on the outcome.

Introduction to the Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Parish Council and steering group is now pleased to inform you that the draft plan for Thorp Arch is finalised and ready to commence the statutory six week pre-submission consultation, under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. This will start on 20 August and end on 1 October 2016.

This consultation process is designed to bring the draft plan to the attention of people who live, work or run businesses in the neighbourhood area and enable all interested parties to make comment on the current contents of the draft plan. These will then be considered at the end of the consultation process and any appropriate amendments made to the document before the final Thorp Arch Neighbourhood Development Plan is formally submitted to Leeds city council.

We are now seeking your feedback on the draft version of the plan and welcome your views. The closing date for any comments or representations that you wish to make is Saturday, 1 October 2016 and the draft plan can be viewed in one of three ways:

1. View another Tronic copy on the neighbourhood plan link above
2. View a hard copy. Several hardcopies will be available for viewing at the Pax, Lady Elizabeth Hastings' School and the libraries in Boston Spa and Wetherby.
3.  Request a loan copy. You can request a loan copy (available for 48 hours) by contacting: Graham Duxbury (01937) 845751, Roland Blackburn (01937) 845930, Sheila Humphreys (01937) 844988, Richard West (01937) 843684.

The response questionnaire when completed can be submitted either electronically on the link above post, posted or hand-delivered to 12 Thorp Arch Park, Thorp Arch, Leeds, LS23 7AN or deposited in the returned box at The Pax.
Should you require any further information or assistance, please make contact via either the Neighbourhood Plan website, 'contact us', or the Thorp Arch Parish Council website www.thorp-arch.org.uk 'get in touch'.