Neighbourhood Planning in Hargrave

Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan

Examination of the Hargrave Plan

Under paragraph 7 of Schedule 4B to the 1990 Act (as applied by section 38A of the 2004 Act),  St Edmundsbury Borough Council have appointed Ann Skippers MRTPI to carry out the examination of the Hargrave Neighbourhood plan proposal.

The Submission of the plan proposal to examination (Regulation 17) of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 will take place after the consultation on the plan proposal has finished.  Further information will be shown here as soon as they are available.

Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan - information note from the Independent Examiner

Submission consultation - Tuesday 6 February (9am) - Tuesday 20 March (5pm) 2018

On the 16 January 2018, St Edmundsbury Council received the submission version of Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents. The council has assessed the Plan in accordance with the relevant legislation and have approved receipt.

St Edmundsbury is keen to hear the views of people who live, work and carry out business in the area. Responses should focus on whether the plan proposal is appropriate to be used for the Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council have commenced a six week consultation following the submission by Hargrave Parish Council. The following documents are available for comment.

What can be commented on?

Comments are invited regarding whether the ‘plan proposal’ fulfils the “basic conditions” (Paragraph 8, Schedule 4B Town and Country Planning Act (as amended)).

The “basic conditions”
Representations received under Regulation 16 regarding the plan proposal will be forwarded to an independent examiner, who will assess the Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents against “basic conditions.” These require that the plan:

  1. Has regard to national policy and guidance from the Secretary of State
  2. Contributes to sustainable development
  3. Is in general conformity with the strategic policy of the development plan for the area or any part of that area
  4. Does not breach or is otherwise compatible with EU obligations – this includes the SEA Directive of 2001/42/EC, and
  5. The making of the Neighbourhood Plan is not likely to have a significant effect on a European site (as defined in the Conservation of Habitats and Species regulations 2010(d), either alone or in combination with other plans or projects.

How to comment on the proposed submission plan

You must submit your comments by 5pm on Tuesday 20 March 2018:

Hard copies of the document can be viewed at:

  • St Edmundsbury Borough Council, West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YU
  • Cocks Head House, Wickhambrook Road, Hargrave, IP29 5JB (Parish Clerk Mrs Antonia King, please contact on 01284 850161 or to view the documents at this location)

What happens next?

St Edmundsbury Borough Council are working with Hargrave Parish Council to appoint an independent examiner who will make recommendations and their report will be published online in due course.

Once the council has received this report, and reviewed whether modifications are required, it can decide that the plan is ready for a referendum.
(Further details can be found under the summary of the key stages in neighbourhood plan at Steps 4-7)

Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulations Assessment Screening Opinion: Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan

The SEA and HRA screening opinion is now available to view.

Hargrave Neighbourhood Plan - Pre-Submission Version

As part of the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 (as amended), Hargrave Parish Council has undertaken a Pre-Submission Consultation on the Hargrave Draft Neighbourhood Plan.

Hargrave neighbourhood area designation

On 18 November 2015 the Portfolio Holder for Planning and Growth formally designated the Hargrave Neighbourhood Area.

The area designation statement, map and responses to the consultation can be found below:

Neighbourhood area consultation

Between 8 October and 5 November 2015, St Edmundsbury Borough Council undertook a consultation following an application by Hargrave Parish Council to identify the area they felt should be covered by a future neighbourhood plan.

As part of the application process, Hargrave Parish Council has produced a map of the proposed neighbourhood area and a supporting statement reasoning why they have chosen the area to be covered. These documents can be viewed below: