Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan
Adoption of Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan
Following a positive referendum result, Ashford Borough Council has adopted the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan 2016-30 as part of Ashford Borough Council’s Development Plan in accordance with Regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
The Adopted Neighbourhood Plan and formal Regulation 19 Decision statement as required under Neighbourhood Planning Regulations is included in the key documents set out below:
Hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan and Decision Statement above can be found at Pluckley Butchers, The Street, Pluckley, and the Civic Centre, Ashford during their usual opening times.
Parish Boundary Change
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) conducted a review of Ashford’s borough ward boundaries in 2016/17 and made The Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017 on 5 November 2017 giving effect to new borough warding arrangements for Ashford. The LGBCE Order also made consequential changes to parish warding arrangements in parishes affected by the new borough ward boundaries. The new ward and parish boundaries, as set out in The Ashford (Electoral Changes) Order 2017 and The Ashford Borough (Reorganisation of Community Governance) Order No.1 2016, took effect in April 2019.
Pluckley Parish boundary was amended as part of this change (minor change) which has led to a consequential change to the Neighbourhood Plan Designated Area. Under section 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning Act 2017, The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 is amended and a designation ceases to have effect if there is a change in the area of a parish council.
Ashford Borough Council has re-designated, under section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the neighbourhood area of Pluckley, upon the request of the designated body Pluckley Parish Council. The revised neighbourhood area is identified on the map below and applies to the adopted Neighbourhood Plan above.
Following the Examination into the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan (PNP), the final PNP will now proceed to referendum on Thursday 9 March 2017.
The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations 2012 require the local planning authority to produce an information statement relating to the full details of the referendum procedures and a statement which sets out general information as to the context of the town and country planning (including neighbourhood planning) and the referendum - known as a 'context statement'. Both documents can be viewed below:
The Referendum Version of the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan is available here:
Other relevant documents can be located within the Information Statement above, or through the links in sections below.
The result of the Pluckley Neighbourhood Planning Referendum:
Votes cast for yes 239 - 88.2%
Votes cast for no 32 - 11.8%.
Turnout was 31%
Examiner’s Report and Regulation 18 - Council's Decision Statement
Ashford Borough Council appointed Mr. Richard High as the Independent Examiner of the Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan (PNP).
The Examiner assessed whether the PNP meets certain legal requirements, known as the ‘basic conditions’ as well as giving consideration to representations made on the draft PNP.
The council has received the Examiner’s Report dated 21 December 2016 which recommended that, subject to certain modifications, the plan can proceed to referendum.
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 Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan, with modifications, can proceed to referendum.
The Examiner’s Report and the council’s Decision Statement can be viewed in hard copy at the following locations:
- Pluckley Butchers, The St, Pluckley
- Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL
These documents can also be accessed below:
- Public Notice - Pluckley Parish [pdf] 145KB
- Regulation 18 Decision Statement Final - Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan [pdf] 45KB
- Pluckley Examination Final Report [pdf] 1MB
- Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan Draft Submission Document [pdf] 6MB
Draft Neighbourhood Plan - 2016
The Regulation 16 consultation on the draft Pluckley Neighbourhood Plan was completed on 24 October 2016. Nine comments were received and they can now be viewed below:
Strategic environmental assessment - screening
In some limited circumstances, a Neighbourhood Plan may require a strategic environmental assessment to determine if the plan is likely to have significant environmental effects and draft neighbourhood plan proposals are assessed to determine this. This process is commonly referred to as a “screening” assessment, and can be found below for Pluckley's Draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Area designation - 2015
On 5 January 2015 the borough council received a request from Pluckley Parish Council for the designation of a Neighbourhood Area. The area requested to be designated was the entire Parish of Pluckley. The application and map of the area went out for public consultation for 6 weeks, and closed on Monday 2 March 2015.
On 10 March the planning policy manager, through delegated powers, approved the designation of the Pluckley Neighbourhood Area. The application and a report which outlines the application detail and the responses received to the consultation can be viewed below:
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 the Pluckley Parish Council website.