Burley-in-Wharefdale Neighbourhood Plan
Neighbourhood Plan - Background
The Localism Act 2011 gives parish councils and other relevant bodies new powers to prepare statutory neighbourhood plans to help guide development in their local area. These powers give local people the opportunity to shape new development as planning applications are determined in accordance with national planning policy and the local development plan. A Neighbourhood Plan forms parts of this local planning framework
Once made (adopted), Neighbourhood Development Plans have statutory weight, because they become part of the development plan for the area. Decision makers have to take what the Burley-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Development Plan says into account when making decisions on planning applications
Although neighbourhood planning gives more power to local communities to say what goes on in their area, there are limitations. Neighbourhood plans must take account of national planning policy; and be in line with the strategic planning policy set out in the City of Bradford’s development plan
Engaging Residents, Businesses and Stakeholders
All Neighbourhood Plans have to be prepared following the procedure set out by government. Central to this procedure is the community engagement which is necessary to a) ensure the key community issues are identified and b) ensure that the plan has been prepared by taking in to account the views of those who live, work and carry out business in the area.
Timeline of events
Data and information was been gathered from several local organisations, focus groups, individuals, voluntary and charity groups such the Community Trust, Burley and District Chamber of Trade, Wharfedale Greenway, landowners and developers and Bradford Council. These initial proposals were then refined through wider public consultation:
Mar 2014 - A two day public engagement complemented by an exhibition that was held in the library during the following week. Over 500 people attended the exhibition and over 400 written comments were received.
Oct 2014 - A second public consultation exercise with over 400 attending and returning 170 questionnaires.
Dec 2015 - Informal Consultation with Bradford on the contents of the draft plan
Jan 2016 - A third village consultation was held. Around 230 people attended and around 80 written comments were submitted.
Sept / Oct 2016 - Pre-Submission consultations with Bradford Council
Apr 2017 - The Parish Council submitted the proposed Neighbourhood Plan to Bradford Council as the plan we wish to see adopted.
June / July 2017 - District wide consultation run by Bradford Council
Sept 2017 – Proposed plan submitted for examination to an independent planning inspector
Oct 2017 - Independent planning inspector site visit to Burley
Nov 2017 - Inspector issues his report that recommends “the plan, once modified, proceeds to referendum on the basis that it has met all the relevant legal requirements”
Feb 2018 - Bradford Council Executive meet to endorse the proposal to proceed to referendum
3rd May - Village referendum held when 80% of residents voted in favour to adopt the plan
May (tbc) - Bradford Council endorse the decison for Burley to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan
High Level Summary
Burley is the first parish council in Bradford to put forward a Neighbourhood Plan, so the process has been somewhat protracted since we have had to forge new processes within Bradford that will help the nine other councils that are following on behind.
The plan itself enables residents to have a greater say over how Burley should grow in the years to 2030. While it doesn’t permit Burley to define the number or location of new developments, it does enable residents to vote in favour of a positive vision for the future. The Neighbourhood Plan sets out policies and guidelines for future development which everyone wanting to make any changes in the village will have to observe.
Our vision is to ensure that over future decades, Burley retains the attractive conservation area centre, and green belt surrounding border, which includes Ilkley Moor and its link down to the River Wharfe. Whilst the village will grow, this must be proportionate to its infrastructure and Burley will remain separated from neighbouring communities by green spaces. New developments will be designed to conserve and enhance the character of Burley, and to ensure that development needed to sustain the village is well located and designed and sympathetic to the distinctive local character. Such developments will be integrated into the community, benefiting both existing and new residents while enhancing the Wharfe Valley. Open spaces and community services will be improved and new ones created when needed – so that the village and its facilities work well for all its residents and visitors.
The Burley-in-Wharfedale Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documents are available on the Bradford website here.
While there was no obligation on a Parish Council to put together a Neighbourhood Plan, it has been an opportunity to help shape our future. The Parish Council has consulted widely and on several occasions and is unanimously of the belief that it will serve the village in the long term.