Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans (often referred to simply as Neighbourhood Plans), Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
Neighbourhood Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders allow communities to grant planning permission either in full or in outline for the types of development they want to see in their areas.
Policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.
A statement on the status of the ARPC Neighbourhood Plan
In 2017 the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Joint Core Strategy (JCS) was altered significantly following the uncertainty surrounding the availability of the Ashchurch MoD site in the short to medium term. Following the modifications to the JCS published in October 2017, we have been working to establish how this will affect the Ashchurch Rural Neighbourhood Plan.
In early 2018 Tewkesbury Borough Council (TBC) provided feedback on our analysis of the JCS main modifications and our review of the previous Regulation 14 public consultation representations. The suggested changes have now been reviewed and implemented within the draft Ashchurch Rural Neighbourhood Plan allowing TBC to decide on whether or not the consultation process must be repeated or whether we can press forward to the next stage.
An update will be provided once TBC have made their decision.
Statement dated 14/05/2018