At last, I am pleased to report that our draft Plan, after nearly two years of delays, has passed an examination by the independent examiner. We can now move to the next stage and a referendum in the spring. The examiner also took the opportunity in his report to thank and commend all those involved in its preparation.
The examiner's comments were mainly based on technical and a planning regulations check, so our proposed draft Plan will proceed largely unscathed.
This Neighbourhood Plan will in future be an important document when councillors and officers are considering planning applications in the Parish to conserve our environment. It also contains Policies which should be taking account of by the authorities and gives information about the aspirations of the residents.
The next stage is for the team to incorporate these comments into our Plan and to update slightly, due to the time that has elapsed since we prepared the document. This will be completed in the next week.
Assuming this amended Plan is approved by Chichester CDC, you, the residents of Boxgrove and its’ villages of Halnaker, Crockerhill and Strettington will be asked the following question at the referendum;
“Do you want Chichester District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide Planning applications in the neighbourhood area.”
If a majority vote to “yes”, it will be adopted.
The Parish is planning an Open Event to be held on 14 March 2020 in the Boxgrove Village Hall. Details of the Plan and Policies will be displayed and there will be members of the team available to answer questions. I would encourage all who can, to attend this important event.
More details about this will be published shortly.
I would personally like to thank the members of the team for their hard work and resilience which has been necessary to reach this stage.
Chair, Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan Team