The Salehurst & Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan is now 'made'.
Following the hugely positive vote in the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum on 31 May, the final act in creating the Plan as a legal entity was in the hands of the Council members at Rother District Council. At their meeting on 9 July, they had to decide on a report from their Cabinet asking them to approve the Neighbourhood Plan, which they did unanimously.
At the meeting Cllr Sue Prochak, who was a member of the NP Steering Group, spoke, welcoming the advent of the Localism Act which made NPs possible - 'with the aim of giving power to the people'. She paid tribute to the Parish Council for backing enthusiastically the venture, especially in terms of its commitment in terms of scale, complexity, time and expense, adding though that in view of the Examiner's decision post the Public Hearing, it was not perhaps entirely all power to the people.
It is worth noting that the Grove Farm 1 application came before the Rother District Council Planning Committee on 21 May and was approved but policies of the Neighbourhood Plan were taken into account in the decision made by the Rother Planning Committee. This was a first as far as Rother District Council is concerned, to acknowledge the impact of a Neighbourhood Plan on a major planning decision.
Chair of the NP Steering Group
Our Plan documents, including all drafts and background documents are available to view on the 'Resources' tab at the top of the page.
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The Referendum on the Salehurst & Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan was held on 31/5/18.
The result was a clear 'YES' (to adopt the plan drawn up by our community).
The voting was as follows:
The official results can be seen here.
Having been supported at Referendum, Rother District Council will now proceed through the formal process of 'making' (adopting) the Salehurst and Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan. Once 'made' it will form part of the Development Plan for the area.
A report will be presented to the (RDC) Full Council on 9 July, when hopefully the decision will be to 'make' the Plan.
Rother District Council has today published a Referendum Information Statement, with details of the Salehurst & Robertsbridge Neighbourhood Plan Referendum to be held on Thursday 31 May 2018.
The document can be seen here; it is also available on the Resources tab, with all the NP documents.
We are delighted to report that, after many hours of discussion with RDC, we have agreed the final version of the Neighbourhood Plan, incorporating the Examiner's recommendations, and it has been approved by RDC to go to Referendum.
Everyone on the Electoral Register for Salehurst & Robertsbridge will be able to vote in the Referendum, which is to be held on 31 May 2018 - further details to follow very soon. (See also the NPSG Report to the Annual Parish Meeting 16/4/18 which is available on the Resources page.)
The Independent Examiner, Mr John Slater, has issued his Report on the Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan (23/1/18). It is available to view on the 'Resources' page.