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Boughton Aluph And Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan

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The Referendum for the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parishes Neighbourhood Plan was held on 29 July 2021. The referendum result was as follows: 

368 Total Votes. 341 (92.67%) Yes and 27 (7.33%) No.

The Plan will now proceed to adoption through Cabinet and Full Council in September and October 2021.

Latest Version of the Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum Version)

View the Neighbourhood Plan (with modifications as proposed by Examiner) May 2021 [pdf] 18MB

View Appendix - Character Area Assessments [pdf] 24MB

Regulation 18 - Council's Decision Statement

Ashford Borough Council has now considered the contents of the Examiner’s Report and have prepared a Decision Statement setting out the actions to be taken in response to the recommendations of the Examiner.

The Decision Statement confirms that the Boughton Aluph And Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan, with modifications, can proceed to referendum.

Decision Statement - Boughton Aluph And Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan [pdf] 1066KB

Public Notice [pdf] 253KB

Due to current restrictions around Covid-19, hard copies of these documents will not be available in public libraries. However, if a copy if required please contact planning.policy@ashford.gov.uk.

Independent Examination of the Neighbourhood Plan

Ashford Borough Council appointed Mr. Derek Stebbing B.A. (Hons), Dip. E.P., MRTPI as the Independent Examiner of the Boughton Aluph And Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan 2013-2030 in December 2020.

The Independent Examination has now been completed. The Council received the Examiner’s report on 1st April 2021. The Examiner’s report recommended that he Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parishes Neighbourhood Plan 2013-2030 has been duly prepared in compliance with the procedural requirements and that the Plan, subject to a number of modifications (set out in Appendix 1 of the Examiners report below), meets the Basic Conditions and should proceed to referendum.

Boughton Aluph And Eastwell Parishes Neighbourhood Plan Examiner Final Report [pdf] 697KB.

Ashford Borough Council  has a duty1 to respond to the Examiners Report and the proposed modifications within it, in a formal 'Decision Statement' to indicate whether they agree to the Examiners recommendations and if the plan will progress to public Referendum within the parishes. This is located above.

1 Under Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended)

Examination Correspondence 

View Correspondence from the Independent Examiner 18 Jan 2021 [pdf] 637KB.

Response to Examiners Questions  [pdf] 436KB.

Neighbourhood Plan and Supporting Documentation 

You can view the submitted Neighbourhood Plan and all other background documents by following this link to the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Portal

Consultation on Regulation 16 version of the Plan

Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council  submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to Ashford Borough Council.  As part of the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012,  a six-week consultation was held on the submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation closed on 6 November 2020.

Consultation on Regulation 14 version of the Plan

As part of the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Parish Council undertook a six week Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14 Stage) on the draft Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parishes Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation closed on 19 May 2019. More information can be found on the parish's Neighbourhood Plan page.

Area designation - 2014

On 10 March 2014 Ashford Borough Council received an application from Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area. The area requested to be designated is the entire Parishes of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell. The application and map of the area was open for public consultation for 6 weeks from Monday 24 March to Friday 2 May.

On 12 June 2014 the cabinet approved the designation of the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Neighbourhood Area. A copy of the cabinet report, Neighbourhood Area application and map, which identifies the area, is attached below.

Download cabinet report 12 June [pdf] 550KB

Read application from Boughton Aluph and Eastwell PC [pdf] 70KB

View map of Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Area [pdf] 3MB

Contact the Neighbourhood Plan Group

Further information can be obtained at the dedicated neighbourhood plan website.

Neighbourhood Plans are led by the Parish Council and information about them can be found by visiting the Boughton Aluph and Eastwell Parish Council website

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