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Battle Town Council

Neighbourhood Plan

Overview:

The Localism Act (2011) introduced several new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development, including the provision to prepare a 'Neighbourhood Plan' for their area. A neighbourhood plan can set out policies for the location of houses, shops, and offices, or set design standards for new development.

In "parished" areas, Neighbourhood Plans can only be undertaken by the relevant Town or Parish Council. Elsewhere, they may be prepared by a duly constituted 'neighbourhood forum'.

Preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan is optional; it is effectively an alternative to a Parish or Town Council working in partnership with the District Council.

Responsibility for preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan rests with the relevant Town/Parish Council (or combination of Town/Parish Councils if the area straddles boundaries). At the same time, the District Council will provide advice and assistance.

Like Local Plans, Neighbourhood Plans are statutory plans, the process for which is legally prescribed, and, when made, form part of the formally adopted 'development plan'. All Neighbourhood Plans must be in general conformity with the strategic policies for an area (which is generally taken to be a Council's Core Strategy or equivalent Local Plan) as well as the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and European Legislation.

As with a Local Plan, a Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to an independent Examination. However, it additionally requires a local referendum to be held to ensure that the community has the final say on whether the plan comes into force or not.

Any correspondence received by Battle Town Council will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the Steering Group unless a specific request is made not to.

Battle Civil Parish was designated by the District Council by resolution CB14/80 on the 13th April 2015. The area, being that of the Parish boundary is shown on the attached map. The Battle Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has been set up and holds regular meetings.

Further information about Battle's Neighbourhood plan can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.rother.gov.uk/article/10907/Battle-Neighbourhood-Plan

Response to the Public Consultation held at the Memorial Hall 27-29 April

292 feedback forms have been received from members of the public. We are very grateful for the helpful comments and clarifications provided. Two maps have attempted to include revisions based on the advice we have received from the preliminary public consultation but they must not be seen as the final version as more data is currently being collected. 

The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) map is based on the work completed by Rother District Council : http://www.rother.gov.uk/SHLAA.

Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA ...

www.rother.gov.uk

A Strategic Housing Land Availability assessment (SHLAA) has been prepared for Rother District in accordance with Government policy and guidance, and with the Council ...

A further third map showing additional potential building sites offered by developers and landowners, so far received, for consideration by the Neighbourhood Plan process in response to our call for sites, will be published and available online by the end of July. Again information from the public, landowners and developers has been used where possible.