Neighbourhood Development Plans are about the use and development of land. The Yatton Neighbourhood Plan will be part of the statutory development plan for the area, if successful at referendum. This statutory status gives the Neighbourhood Plan considerable weight, though it must comply with legislation, must have appropriate regard to national policy, and must be in general conformity with existing strategic local planning policy.
A Steering Group, working on behalf of the Parish Council, has drawn up the Neighbourhood Plan. This was approved by the Council at its meeting on September 11th 2017, and was then approved by North Somerset Council on December 5th 2017.
The Plan has now completed its public consultation and is being scrutinised by an Independent Inspector, who may decide to hold a Public Hearing. Once it receives the Inspector’s approval – which will probably involve making revisions – it goes to a public referendum of all Yatton residents within the Neighbourhood Plan area.
If it is approved by residents, the Plan is “made” by North Somerset Council and becomes part of the planning regulatory framework in our village.