Leader of the Council – Minutes – 26 September 2018
3 (3) APPLEBY PARISH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – CONSULTATION ON SUBMISSION DRAFT (‘REGULATION 16 CONSULTATION’) – The Director of Business Development submitted a report informing the Cabinet Member that the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the council for the purposes of Regulation 16 Consultation, and seeking approval to advertise and publish the draft plan for a six-week consultation and subsequently submit it for examination.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new opportunities for local communities to get involved in planning their areas by preparing neighbourhood plans, neighbourhood development orders, and community right to build orders. The Act and associated neighbourhood planning regulations provided town/parish councils and neighbourhood forums powers to shape and encourage the delivery of new development.
Before a town/parish council or neighbourhood forum could begin the work of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan they must apply to have the area they wish the plan to cover to be formally designated.
As soon as a Neighbourhood Area had been designated the local planning authority was under a duty to support and obliged by law to help local communities draw up their neighbourhood plans.
Full details of the method for pre-submission consultation and the publication of the plan proposal was set out in the report.
Results of the six week consultation would be collated and reported to the Parish Council and the Cabinet Member as soon as possible following the consultation period. Once any amendments had been made, the council would arrange an examination of the plan led by an impartial planning examiner. If the plan was recommended for adoption a referendum giving local people the opportunity to vote on whether they think the plan should be adopted would take place. If it is supported by the local community the policies in the Appleby Parish Neighbourhood Plan would then be used by the council when determining planning applications in Appleby Parish.
Resolved – (a) That the report be noted, and (b) that Option 1, set out in the report at paragraph 3.2 of the report, that the proposal to advertise and publish the Appleby Parish Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan for a six-week consultation and submit the plan for examination, be approved.
4 (4) KIRTON IN LINDSEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN – APPLICATION FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA STATUS – The Director: Business Development submitted a report informing the Cabinet Member that Kirton in Lindsey Town Council had applied to have its area formally designated for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan and seeking approval to advertise and consult the town council’s application for neighbourhood area status.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced new opportunities for local communities to get involved in planning their areas by preparing neighbourhood plans, neighbourhood development orders, and community right to build orders. The Act and associated neighbourhood planning regulations gave town/parish councils and neighbourhood forums powers to shape and encourage delivery of new development.
Before town/parish councils or neighbourhood forums could begin the work of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan they must apply to have the area they wish the plan to cover to be formally designated.
The council was responsible for receiving and determining applications for the designation of a neighbourhood area. The Neighbourhood Planning (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 prescribed time limits for the determination of a neighbourhood area application. They required the application to be advertised for a consultation period of not less than six weeks.
Once the application for designation was publicised and comments invited, a decision must be issued within 13 weeks. Thereafter, the designation must be publicised. If the application failed to be determined within 13 weeks the council must designate the area as a neighbourhood area.
Kirton in Lindsey Town Council wished to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for its area. An application to have the area formally designated was submitted on 17 July 2018. The council now needed to consult with the community and others on the application.
Resolved – (a) That Kirton in Lindsey Town Council’s application for neighbourhood area status be advertised, and (b) that a six week public consultation on the application be undertaken.
5 (5) APPLICATION FOR GRANT ASSISTANCE WINTERTON AND SAFFRE TOWN TWINNING ASSOCIATION – The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report seeking consideration of an application for financial assistance for an exchange between the Winterton and Saffre Town Twinning Association and Saffre, France.
The council’s former Policy Committee agreed that the council’s approach in respect of twinning/linking should be to adopt an ‘arm’s length’ relationship (minute 946 refers). That committee also agreed that the former Tourism and Linking Sub Committee should consider applications for informal linking activities deemed beneficial across North Lincolnshire. The maximum grant available was set at £200 and it also approved criteria in respect of grant applications for linking activities which demonstrated and encouraged mutual, cultural and social awareness (minute 978 refers).
An application had been received from the Winterton Town and Saffre Town Twinning Association for assistance towards the cost of events held for guests from Saffre during their visit in August 2018. There were approximately 40 guests from Saffre including adults and young people with ages ranging from 12 to 80 years. Alongside 32 local hosts during the visit members of the community were also invited to join several of the events. The Association continued to have regular fund raising events, and continued to develop educational, cultural and social links with members of the Saffre association. A Skype link was soon to be introduced to enable playgroups and schools in Winterton and Saffre to interact with each other and provide vital communication links between the two associations.
This remained a long standing twinning arrangement involving a local community, which the council had continued to support over the years. The application met the criteria set out in minute 978 referred to above.
Resolved – That a grant of £200 be made to the Winterton and Saffre Town Twinning Association.
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