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. We have been told that the Inspector's report will be sent to North Somerset Council for fact-checking (for instance that place and street names are correct, and that references to local planning policies are accurate) before the end of August 2018. The Inspector's required changes will then be made, and the final amended Plan will have to be approved by the Executive of North Somerset Council. Once it has passed all these tests, the Plan will be voted upon in a referendum of all residents
within the Yatton 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.