A Neighbourhood Plan for Ashford
ONGOING FORMAL DOCUMENTS
MAY BE VIEWED BELOW
ASHFORD PARISH COUNCIL – Chairmans Update, 22/11/2019
At our November meeting the decision was taken to disband the Neighbourhood Plan (NP) Working Party (WP). This does not mean that we are no longer creating a NP for Ashford. It was felt that as there was so much bad feeling, divisive comments and a lack of confidence in the procedure that we should stop the process for now.
We will be taking advice from the Devon Association of Councillors (DALC). If they agree that Ashford would benefit from having a NP in place, then we will proceed.
This will mean drawing up selection criteria, advertising for any interested members of the Parish to put their names forward to be part of the new team to take the NP to a draft stage.Our next meeting is December 20th and obviously this item will be on the agenda for discussion.
We look forward to seeing anyone who may be interested in this subject at that meeting.
Chairman, Ashford PC.
Catalogue of Evidence Report
which shares the detailed evidence gathered at the drop-in sessions held in the church hall, label submissions and parishioners responses via email.
CLICK HERE to read the detailed evidence
26.2.18 Click HERE to view the flyer informing the community about Meetings to start formulating our Neighbourhood Plan
Wed 14th March 6pm -8pm
Sun 18th March 10am – 12noon
Sat 24th March 2pm – 4pm
31.1.18 Click HERE for the latest flyer explaining how the community of Ashford is starting to create its neighbourhood plan.
So what is a neighbourhood plan, how does it involve you and how is one prepared, approved and adopted?
20.8.17 Click HERE for designation letter sent to and since validated by North Devon Council
20.10.17 Click HERE for:-
Report of Initial Community Engagement:
20.10.17 Click HERE for:-
Feasibility Study Report for a proposed Ashford Neighbourhood Plan
A Neighbourhood Plan for Ashford
Yes, everyone is included in Neighbourhood Planning!
Please get involved and play your part!
1. An Opportunity
Neighbourhood planning provides the opportunity for communities to set out a positive vision for how they want their areas to develop over the next 5-20 years in ways that meet local requirements and make sense for local people, be they residents or land owners. With an Ashford community‑led plan, we have the opportunity to put in place planning policies to deliver our vision for developments in our community.
2. What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
The Localism Act 2011, introduced by Central Government, formalised a new element in local planning called ‘Neighbourhood Planning’. Parish Councillors Jan Szymankiewicz and John Bleach were introduced to this government initiative at a recent planning course and since then we have discussed the merits of Ashford having a neighbourhood plan with our parish council colleagues.
3. What is the current situation for Ashford?
In June 2017, Ashford Parish Council agreed to set up a working party of local residents led by Jan and John to explore the merits and costs associated with creating a neighbourhood plan for Ashford, with Jan and John providing monthly updates to the parish council.
In July, the parish council agreed that the designated area for any plan should match the Ashford parish boundary. This has now been approved by the North Devon Planning Department.
The working party of seven have now started work. The team believes that such a plan could help protect Ashford against inappropriate planning proposals, while facilitating controlled growth in line with local planning expectations for a rural community.
4. What is the legal status of a Neighbourhood Plan?
A neighbourhood plan has the same legal status as the local authority’s Local Plan once it has been agreed by a referendum of Ashford people. At this point it becomes part of the statutory North Devon development plan.
Neighbourhood plans must comply with the intentions of the Local Plan. They cannot contradict it. However, neighbourhood plans allow levels of detail to be introduced which helps define what the local community wants, which would not be found in the Local Plan.
5. What happens next? How do I get involved?
In order for your household (including children) to provide input to the Ashford plan, a series of community meetings will be held in the near future. Questionnaires will also be delivered to each household for you to provide your feedback. Over the coming weeks you will receive dates and documents.
Information will also be posted on the Ashford web site http://www.ashfordparishnorthdevon.com
If you would like further information, or have any observations, or would like to volunteer, please contact the Ashford Neighbourhood Plan development team by emailing
Jan Szymankiewicz firstname.lastname@example.org or John Bleach email@example.com
The merits of an Ashford Neighbourhood Plan
1. It is a community-led approach to planning
2. It enables our community to influence planning strategies at an early stage
3. Community-led planning recognises that local communities know best what the local needs are and how they should be met
4. It is our opportunity to have a greater say in the planning process
5. Neighbourhood Plans are part of the legal framework
6. Once the Neighbourhood Plan is agreed by the local planning authority, and adopted by a referendum of the residents, it will be the starting point for planning decisions within the Ashford parish boundary
7. A community-led plan for Ashford would become part of the overall development plan for North Devon
8. The process of creating a community-led plan would build stronger relationships with the local planners
9. A community-led plan will help protect Ashford against inappropriate planning proposals, while facilitating controlled growth in line with local planning expectations for a rural community.