Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan

Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish was designated as a neighbourhood area on 2 March 2015. In August 2017, the Parish Council submitted their neighbourhood plan to us for public consultation. The consultation on the publication version of the Longwick-cum-Ilmer Neighbourhood Plan closed on Monday 9 October 2017.

Referendum on the Longwick-cum-Ilmer Neighbourhood Plan

On 15 January 2018, following receipt of an independent examiner's report, we agreed that the Longwick-cum-Ilmer Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum.

The referendum will be held on Thursday 8 March 2018

If the majority of the votes submitted at the referendum are in favour of the neighbourhood plan, then it will be "made". A "made" neighbourhood plan becomes a part of the development plan, and its policies are used to determine applications for development within the neighbourhood plan area, which in this case is Longwick-cum-Ilmer parish.

Examiner's report and decision

Mrs Jill Kingaby was appointed through Intelligent Plans and Examinations Ltd to examine the Longwick-cum-Ilmer Neighbourhood Plan. We have now received the examiner's report on the Neighbourhood Plan, which recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan proceeds to referendum, subject to modifications being made. 

We have issued our Decision Statement in respect of the examiner's report, agreeing that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum.

Examination of the Longwick-cum-Ilmer Neighbourhood Plan

During the examination process, we received questions from the examiner. See the two documents following for the examiner's questions, and our responses to them.

 We received 16 responses to the consultation, and a further three responses after the close of consultation. 

The full text of each of the 19 responses are available below:

Longwick-cum-Ilmer submission neighbourhood plan documents

The following documents were produced by Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council when they submitted their proposed neighbourhood plan for formal consultation in August 2017.

Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan: schedule of evidence

Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council listed the following documents as evidence supporting their neighbourhood plan when it was submitted to us in August 2017.

Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan: previous stages

Withdrawn Longwick-cum-Ilmer neighbourhood plan 2015

Longwick-cum-Ilmer Parish Council submitted a proposed neighbourhood plan to us in June 2015, which was subject to a consultation between 8 June and 21 July 2015. Following this consultation, the plan was submitted for independent examination in December 2015.

The examiner, Mr Nigel McGurk, made recommendations which removed the 2015 neighbourhood plan's limit to development outside of the settlement boundary and severely restricted the ability to control where and how development should take place. He also removed the need for sustainable transport to be provided before new development takes place. 

We took a view that these recommendations, if accepted, would not achieve sustainable development. For this reason, at their meeting on 24 February 2016, Longwick-cum-Ilmer withdrew the 2015 version of their neighbourhood plan, meaning that the neighbourhood plan and the examiner's report does not hold any material weight in the decision process for assessing planning applications.