Blunsdon East Neighbourhood Plan (BENP) Update, May 2020.
Following the public consultation of the draft BENP, organised by Swindon Borough Council, from 6th November to 18th December 2019, the draft BENP, supporting information and a copy of any comments received during the 6 week consultation period were submitted on 29th January, to the Borough’s appointed independent examiner, Deborah McCann, for examination to consider if the Plan
- meets the basic conditions;
- has appropriate regard to national policy;
- contributes to the achievement of sustainable development;
- is in general conformity with SBC’s Local Development Plan;
- is compatible with human rights requirements;
- is compatible with EU obligations.
The examiner issued a report on 5th May that concluded that the BENP, subject to the recommended modifications could proceed to Referendum.
The next stage is for the Plan to go to full Council and the Planning Committee. Then the Borough will arrange and publicise for the Referendum to take place in the Parish. If more than 50% of those voting, vote ‘yes’, then the Borough will bring the plan into force.
Although no date can yet be set for the Referendum due to the possibility of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), the regulations state that where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.
The detailed report can be found on the Borough’s Web Site:
I would personally like to thank all the residents of Blunsdon Parish for their continued support with this Plan.
Chairman BENP Steering Group
A Steering Group of Parish Councillors and volunteers has been established to draw together a Neighbourhood Plan for Blunsdon. Its contents will be legally binding on the Local Planning Authority and concerned with future land use (housing, employment, open spaces, leisure and infrastructure). This is a formal process as it is led by legislation and means that the needs of the community will be legally recognised.
The current composition of the Steering Group is - Trevor Morton-Holmes (Chairman), Ian Jankinson (PC), Peter McSparron-Edwards, Andy Marshall, Simon Clarke, and Stuart Boyd (PC), Sandra Keates, supported by PC Clerk Tracey Judd and Rachel Smith.
There are also over 20 volunteers to help out when needed on specific projects. For the latest news please click on “News” at the top of this page, where regular updates will be provided. So what exactly is a Neighbourhood Plan? To find out more click on ‘FAQ’s’ at the top of this page.