Neighbourhood Planning - Swinford Neighbourhood Plan

Record details

Current Neighbourhood Plan Stage Neighbourhood Plan Adopted
Adopted Neighbourhood Plan

Examiners Report

The Examiners Report for the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan was received by Harborough District Council on 4 May 2018.

Read the Examiners Report for the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan (683KB).

The Examiners Report recommended that, with modifications, the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan proceed to a referendum. The recommended referendum area is the Parish of Swinford.

The recommended modifications was presented to the Executive Committee for consideration on 16 July 2018. Executive Committee approved all of the Examiners recommendations

The date for the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Referendum is 27 September 2018.


At its meeting on 16 July 2018 Executive Committee approved the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to referendum on 27 September 2018, and accepted all of the Examiners recommendations.

Read the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan - Referendum Version (30MB)

Read the Swinford Decision Notice (1.12MB)

Read the Swinford Basic Conditions and Compliance Statement (5.77KB)

Read the Swinford Town and Country Planning Background Information Statement (299KB)

View the Swinford Neighbourhood Area (939KB)

Read the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Information Statement (415KB)

The Swinford 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 Swinford Notice Of Referendum (62KB )

Read the Swinford Notice of Poll, Situation of Polling Station Notice (119KB)

Final Decision Statement

Harborough District Council has assessed that the Swinford 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 Swinford NDP Final Decision Notice (258KB)

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


Referendum Results

The results for the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Referendum are as follows:



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 indentified


(d) Being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty


(e) Rejected in part


Total number of Spoilt Votes


Turnout –    55.7 %


More than  than half of those voting have voted in favour of the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan.


Submission of Swinford Neighbourhood Plan

Swinford Neighbourhood Plan was submitted by Swinford Parish Council to Harborough District Council for examination on 22 September 2017. A consultation in accordance with Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations will take place between 1 November and 20 December 2017.

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

Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Submission version (superseded)(PDF 9.61MB)

Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement (PDF 628 KB)

Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement (PDF 1.43MB)

Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Area map (PDF 940KB)

Read more information and the Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base.

Regulation 16 Consultation

The representations received during the consultation period will be found here after the consultation period is completed. All representations will be forwarded to the Independant Examiner.

Read the redacted Regulation 16 repsonses to the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan (342KB)

Read the Parish Council repsonse to the representations concerning the activities of the Parish Council and NDP Steering Group

All the representations and Parish Council repsonse to them have been forwarded to the Independent Examiner for consideration.

Swinford Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

After submission of the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan a second screening was undertaken by the Local Planning Authority for the requirement of the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan to have a full SEA.

The Statutory Consultees confirmed that they agree with the opinion of the LPA. The LPA has therefore determined that a full SEA is not required for the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan.

Read the Strategic Environmental Assessment Determination for Swinford Neighbourhood Plan.


Read the correspondence between the Examiner, LPA and Qualifying Body as part of the Swinford Neighbourhood Examination.

Read the questions for the Qualifying Body from the Examiner in January 2018

The final Examiners report was submitted to the LPA on 4 May 2018. Teh Qualifying Body was also sent a copy of the Examiners report. The report receommends that with modifications the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum. Teh recommendaiton will be presented to the Executive Committee for consideration on 16 July 2018.

Read the Swinford Neighbourhood Plan Examiners Report (683KB)

Approval of Neighbourhood Area

Swinford Parish Council, as the relevant body, applied for the designation of the Swinford Neighbourhood Area. The application was published for a six week period ending on 27 April 2015 and was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning Services on 6 May 2015.

View the submitted Swinford Neighbourhood Area (PDF, 6.13MB).

Regulation 14 Consultation

The regulation 14 consultation is being undertaken by the community for a six week period from 20 February 2017

The draft Swinford Neighbourhood Plan and the evidence base can be found on the home page of the Swinford Parish Council website