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
(tbc) - Village referendum to seek endorsement of the plan from residents
Bradford Council will meet soon and we hope they will formally endorse the plan and instruct Bradford Electoral Services to issue voting slips to residents. Residents living in Burley who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum. This will be a simple vote (yes or no) for the plan. 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.
While there’s no obligation on a Parish Council to undertake this work, given the opportunity to help shape our future, a Neighbourhood Plan is something the Parish Council feels would best serve the village in the long term, and will be recommending that residents approve it.