Neighbourhood Planning - Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan

Record details

Current Neighbourhood Plan Stage Neighbourhood Plan Adopted


At its meeting of 9 April 2018 the Councils Executive accepted all of the Examiners recommendations and approved the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to Referendum on 21 June 2018. View the specified documents below

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Referendum version (4.3MB)

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement (445KB)

Great Bowden NDP Town and Country Planning Information Statement (207KB)

Map of the Great Bowden Referendum Area (12.4MB)

The Great Bowden NDP Basic Conditions Statement (5.76KB)

Read the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Information Statement (298KB)

The Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Decision statement of the Local Planning Authority’s satisfaction that the referendum version Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specified by statute and complies with the provision made by or under Section 38A and 38B of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004

The Town and Country Planning Statement  sets out general information as to town and country planning including neighbourhood planning and the referendum

The Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Information Statement sets out the arrangement for the Referendum including costs and voter numbers

Read the Great Bowden Notice of Referendum (62KB)

Read the Great Bowden Notice of Poll Situation (119KB)

Referendum Result

A referendum was held on 21st June 2018 and a ‘yes’ vote was returned with 343 out of

358 persons that voted, voting ‘to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Great Bowden to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area.’

See the full referendum results below

Final Decision Statement

Harborough District Council has assessed that the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan, including its preparation, does not breach, and would not otherwise be incompatible with, any EU obligation or any Convention rights (within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998).

Read the Great Bowden NDP Final Decision Statement

In accordance with the Regulations and the Council's scheme of delegation the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Development Plan is 'made' and planning applications in the Parish must be considered against the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Development Plan, as well as existing planning policy, such as the Harborough District Core Strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance.

Where to view this Decision Notice

The decision notice may be viewed at:

Harborough District Council, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AG

Open - Mon/Tues/Thu/Fri: 8.45am - 5pm. Wed: 9.30am - 5pm

Referendum Results

Referendum Result

The referendum held on 21st June 2018 met the requirements of the Localism Act 2011; it was held in the Parish of Great Bowden and posed the question:

'Do you want Harborough District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Great Bowden to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area?'

The count took place on 21st June 2018 and greater than 50% of those who voted were in favour of the Plan being used to help decide planning applications in the plan area. The results of the referendum were:



Total number of votes cast


Number cast in favour of a "YES"


Number cast in favour of a "NO"


The number of Ballot Papers rejected was as follows

(a) Want of Official Mark


(b) Voting more times than the voter was entitled to


(c) Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified


(d) Being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty


(e) Rejected in part


Total number of Spoilt Votes


Turnout – 40.82%


Read the Declaration of Result for Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan


Submission of Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan was submitted by Great Bowden Parish Council to Harborough District Council for examination on 29 August 2017. A consultation in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations will take place between 27 September 2017 and 8 November 2017.

In accordance with the regulations, the following documents have been submitted for examination:

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Submission version (superseded) (PDF 3.77MB)

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement (PDF 789KB)

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement (PDF 975KB)

Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan Area map (PDF 12.4MB)

Read more information and the Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base.

Regulation 16 Consultation

Read the representations received during the Regulation 16 consultation period. All representations will be forwarded to the Independant Examiner.

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Following submission of the Plan by the Qualifying Body and consultation with the statutory consultees, the Local Planning Authority has determined that a full SEA is not required as part of the preparation of the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the SEA screening report and determination of the LPA


Mrs Rosemary Kidd was appointed as Independent Examiner for the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Plan on 23 November 2017. All representations and other documents were forwarded to the Examiner by the LPA.

Read the Correspondence between the LPA and the Examiner.

Read the Questions from the Examiner to the Qualifying Body and LPA in January 2018.

The Great Bowden Examiners report will be presented to 9 April Executive Committee for approval to proceed to referendum on 21 June 2018.

Read the Great Bowden Independant Examiners Report (389KB)

Approval of Neighbourhood Area

Great Bowden Parish Council, as the relevant body, applied for the designation of the Great Bowden Neighbourhood Area. The application was published for a 6 week period ending on 27 November 2015 and was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning Services on 5 December 2015.

View the submitted Great Bowden Neighbourhood Area (PDF, 12.4MB).

Regulation 14 Consultation

The community Regulation 14 consultation was undertaken for a 6 week period ending on 26 July 2017.