Neighbourhood Plan Update August 2020
We are delighted to report that we have almost come to the end of the three years of work and much consultation with the community, to create a Neighbourhood Plan for Reydon. Following its independent examination and some modifications, we now have a complete plan and East Suffolk Council has issued a Decision Notice confirming that our plan meets all the conditions required for a plan to become part of the Development Plan – ie the rules which are used to determine Planning Applications in our neighbourhood area (which is the whole parish of Reydon plus the whole of Reydon Wood and the Hen Reedbeds).
Thanks are due to the Steering Group which was made up of Cllr Pam Cyprien, Cllr Robert Nokes, Cllr Philip O’Hear, Jenny Foot, Dexter Kirk, Ridley Burnett, Jim Elmes and John Holt. Cllr Ted Drake was also a member until he stood down from the Parish Council. Barry Took gave invaluable help in laying out the first draft plan and we were extremely well supported by Officers from Waveney and now East Suffolk Council.
As you may know, a Neighbourhood Plan is subject to approval by a referendum of the electorate in the area it covers. Due to Covid, all elections in the UK are postponed until May 2021, so we have to wait until then for the very last step to make our plan a full part of the statutory planning rules. However, in deciding to postpone elections, the government has ruled that Neighbourhood Plans which receive a Decision Notice such as ours should be given significant weight in all subsequent planning decisions.
Attached are the following documents:
Reydon Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Draft which is our completed plan
RNP Decision Notice, issued by East Suffolk Council, which confirms our plan meets all the requirements and should now be given significant weight in planning decisions for Reydon
RNP Consultation Statement which details the process and outcomes of all our consultation
RNP Basic Conditions Statement which sets out how our plan complies with national and local planning policies as required
Philip O’Hear, August 2020