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 been scrutinised by an independent Inspector, who requested a number of changes. The final amended Plan will be put to the Executive of North Somerset Council for approval. 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. We hope that this will be in the first part of 2019.
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.