Neighbourhood Planning - East Langton Neighbourhood Plan Review 2021

Record details

Current Neighbourhood Plan Stage Examination
Neighbourhood Plan Review

Submission

The Review of the East Langton Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the Council on 29 November 2021. 

The Qualifying Body (QB) considered the amendments to be material amendments that did  affect the nature of the Plan and required examination and referendum.

The Council must also consider  the changes and agree whether they are material modification that change the nature of the Plan and required an Examination and referendum

The Council and Qualifying Body are in agreement that the changes require both examination and referendum.

After Regulation 16 Consultation an Independant Examiner will be appointed to consider the East Langton Neighbourhood Plan review. The Examiner is  obliged to consider whether the amendments to the East Langton Plan are:

  • Minor (non-material) modifications to a neighbourhood plan or order are those which would not materially affect the policies in the plan or permission granted by the order. These may include correcting errors, such as a reference to a supporting document, and would not require examination or a referendum.
  • Material modifications which do not change the nature of the plan or order would require examination but not a referendum. This might, for example, entail the addition of a design code that builds on a pre-existing design policy, or the addition of a site or sites which, subject to the decision of the independent examiner, are not so significant or substantial as to change the nature of the plan.
  • Material modifications which do change the nature of the plan or order would require examination and a referendum. This might, for example, involve allocating significant new sites for development.

 The Examiner  must also consider whether the Plan met the Basic Conditions which are that the Plan must:

  • have regard to national planning policy and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State (e.g. National Planning Policy Framework);
  • contribute to the achievement of sustainable development;
  • be in general conformity with strategic policies in the development plan for the local area (i.e. Core Strategy); and
  • be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.

Where material modifications do not change the nature of the plan (and the examiner finds that the proposal meets the basic conditions, or would with further modifications) a referendum is not required. A local planning authority will be required to make the modified plan within 5 weeks following receipt of the examiner’s report, or such later date as agreed in writing between the local planning authority and the qualifying body.

Where material modifications do change the nature of the plan, the local planning authority must publicise and consider the examiner’s report in line with the procedure for making a new neighbourhood plan. A decision may be made whether to proceed to referendum so that, if the referendum is successful, the neighbourhood plan becomes part of the development plan.

Examination

The East Langton Review Neighbourhood Plan Examination took place between March and May 2022. Examiner, Barbara Maksymiw, considered that the Plan, with modificaitons, met the Basic Conditions and shdouel proceed to a referendum based on the neighbourhood area approved by Market Harborough District Council in October 2013.

The Examiners recommendations will be considered by Cabinet on 4 July 2022. The provisional date for the referendum is 27 October 2022, subject to approval of Cabinet.

Examination

The East Langton Review Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the Council on 29 November 2021.

After validation checks the Plan will be made available for Regulation 16 Consultation from 19 January 2022 to 2 March 2022. Details of the consultation can be found at www.harborough.gov.uk/consultation  after 19 Jan 2022.

Read the submission documents for the East Langton Neighbourhood Plan Review:

The evidence base can be found on the East :Langton PC website here

Harborough District Council will appoint a suitably qualified Examiner to carry out an examination into the East Langton Neighbourhood Plan. Please note that all representations received during the consultation period will be forwarded to the appointed Examiner and be publicly available.  

In completing the representation form, please be aware that the Examiner will only be testing whether the proposed Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions and other relevant legal requirements. The Examiner will not be testing the soundness of the plan or looking at other material considerations but checking that the plan:  

  • Has regard to national policy and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
  • Contributes to the achievement of sustainable development;
  • Is in general conformity with the Local Plan;
  • Does not breach, and is otherwise compatible with, EU and human rights obligations;
  • Meets prescribed conditions and complies with prescribed matters;
  • Meets the legal requirements;   

Examination

The Examiner has forwarded a number of quesitons to clarify elements of the Neighbourhood Plan. For transparency these documents are provided below.

Examiners Report

The examiner recommends that the East Langton Review Plan proceeds to referendum with recommended modificaitons and the referednum area should be the Neighbourhood Plan Area designated on 9 October 2014

Strategic Environmantal Assessment

A screening report was undertaken for the East Langton Neighbourhood Plan review in March 2021 and December 2021 to assess the requirement for a Strategic Environmental Assessment. The Council considered a full SEA was not required. 

The statutory consultees were consulted in Jan 2022 and confirmed that a full SEA was not required. The Council issued its determination in Feb 2022

Approval of Neighbourhood Area

East Langton Parish Council, as the relevant body, applied for the designation of the East Langton Neighbourhood Area. The application was publicised for a six week period ending on 4 October 2013 and was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning Services on 9 October 2013. View a map identifying the Neighbourhood Area (JPG, 1.67MB).