Neighbourhood Plan Final Stage

Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Plan 
The Localism Act in 2011 gave the power to local communities to adopt a Neighbourhood Plan giving the residents direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. A Neighbourhood Plan covers a geographic area and can be taken forward by Town and Parish Councils or 'neighbourhood forums'.  A Neighbourhood Plan, if approved, becomes part of the statutory development plan for that area and will be used in determining planning applications.

Work began on a Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-on-Crouch in the summer of 2013 with initial groundwork and an agreement for expert planning assistance from Allies and Morrison.
In the autumn of 2013 the views of the public were sought with a stall at Burnham Carnival, a stakeholder event at Burnham-on-Crouch United Reform Church and a Vision presentation and Workshop at Ormiston Rivers Academy.
The views of the public were considered and the existing policy and documents were considered which led to the preparation of the baseline report being made available in February 2014.
A further stakeholder consultation took place in March 2014 which led to the establishment of a Steering Group drawn from local organisations and residents whose aim was to turn the baseline report into a Neighbourhood Plan for Burnham-on-Crouch.

The Steering Group was divided into seven sub groups, listed below, each of which would establish an evidence base and develop a theme within the plan.
Community and Social Infrastructure
Physical Infrastructure
The Economy
The Environment and Character
The River
Heritage and Culture
The work of the Steering Group led to the development of a Draft Plan which was approved by the Town Council and shared with the public in March 2015 as an informal consultation exercise. The resulting comments allowed changes to be made to the plan.  This updated draft Plan was adopted by the Town Council, at an Extraordinary Meeting on Thursday 8 October 2015.

Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Plan consultation
The Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for the Town Council area and establishes the type of development needed to help sustain the community.  Maldon District Council has received the Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Plan Submission documents for publication in accordance with Part 5 Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.  This triggers a six week formal consultation period prior to the plan being examined by an independent examiner.
The submission documents are listed below and can be seen by clicking on the below links:
  1. Burnham-on-Crouch Neighbourhood Plan (NP) draft for regulation 16 consultation, including a map which identifies the Neighbourhood Plan area
  2. Burnham-on-Crouch NP Statement of Community Involvement
  3. Burnham-on-Crouch NP Basic Conditions Statement
Supporting documentation:
  1. Draft screening opinion on the need for a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and a Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)
  2. Public Notice
As well as this website the Plan can be viewed at: Letter from Town Mayor

NP Final Community Involvement Statement

NP Final Basic Conditions Statement

Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Screening Opinions

The Consultation Closed on 15th December and the responses have been reviewed. The subsequent report to the Town Council and Schedule of Responses can be seen by clicking on the below links 

Report To Burnham on Crouch Town Council 17.01.2017

Schedule of Responses to Consultation December 2016

The Neighbourhood Plan now has to be examined by an Independant Examiner.
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