Since my last update in we have now received a further response from CDC about the continuing delays in their response to our Neighbourhood Plan submission.
Below is a summary of the reply :
‘we hope to be in a position where we can submit the Boxgrove documents to the examiner by Christmas. At this stage we cannot provide specific details on the timings of subsequent stages. The next stage will be for the draft examiner’s report to be sent to us and the Parish Council for fact-checking. Depending on the content of the examiner’s report we then anticipate drafting and agreeing the decision statement and subsequently moving to referendum during the first half of next year.
As you are no doubt also aware, we continue to experience resource issues and I am afraid that it has been necessary to prioritise work on the Local Plan Review at various times this year. We are, however, attempting to progress all the various streams of work as best we can.
I hope this provides you with some reassurance that we anticipate the plan progressing positively towards a conclusion over the next few months.’
In a separate development because of the delays Boxgrove has suffered over the past 5 years, Chichester’s own plan is now having its planned 5 year review as mentioned above. We are being warned by CDC that our housing numbers could be increased if their plan review is deemed insufficient by the inspector or The Secretary of State.
Chair, Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan Team
6 January 2020