Rolvenden Neighbourhood Plan

Background and Designation 

In April 2013 Ashford Borough Council received an application from Rolvenden Parish Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area. The area requested to be designated was the entire Parish of Rolvenden. The application and map of the area went out for public consultation for six weeks until Friday 21 June 2013. Three comments were received and they can be viewed in Appendix 2 of the Cabinet Report below.

On 11 July 2013 the Cabinet approved the designation of the Rolvenden Neighbourhood Area. you can download copies of the Cabinet Report, Neighbourhood Area application and map, which identifies the area, below.

SEA/HRA Screening and Regulation 14 consultation

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) is required under European legislation for all plans which may have a significant effect on the environment. This particularly relates to plans which allocate development sites, including Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans. An SEA is a mechanism for considering and communicating the likely significant effects of a draft Plan, and reasonable alternatives, with a view to avoiding and mitigating negative environmental effects and maximising the positives.

A Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) is a process which looks at the potential impact of proposals within a plan on internationally designated wildlife sites. For the purpose of the HRA, internationally designated wildlife sites are Special Protection Areas (SPA), Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Ramsar wetland sites, often together referred to as ‘Natura 2000’ sites.

Does a Neighbourhood Plan require an SEA/HRA?

Not every plan needs an SEA and/or HRA. To determine whether the neighbourhood plan requires an SEA/HRA it is necessary to screen the proposals in the plan to determine whether it is likely to result in significant environmental effects. Ashford Borough Council has undertaken this Screening and the determination report can be found below:

Consultation on draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan group intend to consult on their draft plan (Regulation 14) in late 2017 but as Neighbourhood Plans are led by the parish, all information regarding the progress of plans, and details of how to get involved can be found on Rolvenden Parish Council website.

The group also has a dedicated Rolvenden Neighbourhood Plan facebook page.