The Neighbourhood Plan was "made" by North Somerset Council at its meeting on July 23rd, 2019. It will now be adopted into the main local development plan. This represents the end of a long process that started with a meeting on June 22nd, 2015.
A referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan was held on April 11th, 2019. The total number of votes cast was 1103 (representing a turnout of 23%); there were 1015 votes in favour (92%) and 88 votes against (8%).
The village will now be eligible to receive an extra 10% of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funds. The CIL is a system of payments made by developers to reflect the impact of new developments on local infrastructure and facilities: areas without an approved Neighbourhood Plan receive 15% of the funds, whereas those with an approved plan receive 25%.
The Neighbourhood Development Plan is about the use and development of land and is part of the statutory development plan for the area. 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.