Consultation opens on Long Stratton Neighbourhood Plan

South Norfolk Council is asking residents to comment on the submitted draft Neighbourhood Plan for Long Stratton as part of a consultation, which runs for six weeks, from 22 March to 5.00pm on 6th May.

The consultation is the last opportunity for the public to comment, before the Plan is examined by an independent neighbourhood plan examiner. The examiner’s role is to test the Neighbourhood Plan against the basic conditions that are set out in national regulations. If approved by the Council, the Plan will then need to be passed by a referendum of Long Stratton residents, before being adopted as part of the planning framework.

The Neighbourhood plan covers the same area as the Long Stratton Area Action Plan, which was adopted in May 2016 and which also includes parts of Tharston and Hapton parish.

Local District Council member, Alison Thomas said: “It’s fantastic that following all the hard work of the Long Stratton community steering group we have now reached the point where we have a fully drafted Neighbourhood Plan and can invite everyone in the community to take a look and share their thoughts on the policies.

“I encourage all local residents to take part in the consultation, building on the local engagement that has already happened. It’s really important that residents have their say, so that the Neighbourhood Plan, once finalised and adopted, is something everyone in Long Stratton can support.”

Kevin Worsley, Chair of Long Stratton Town Council said: I have chaired the Long Stratton Neighbourhood Planning Committee, which is made up of Town Councillors and residents from Stratton, Tharston, and Hapton, for the past 6 years. Our team has given thousands of unpaid hours canvassing local opinions and ensuring that these are reflected in the planning document we have written. This consultation is your last chance to comment on our work before it goes in front of the examiner, who will check it meets all legal requirements. Once this check is complete, there will be a public vote: on behalf of the Long Stratton Neighbourhood Planning Committee, I urge you to vote to ensure that residents’ voices are heard at the planning decisions table for many years to come.

Neighbourhood Plans are developed by local communities with support from the district council. They have an equal status to Local Plans in the development plan hierarchy and can set out where, what and how new development should take place in their designated area.

To find out more about the Neighbourhood Plan or to participate in the consultation, visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/longstrattonnp. Anyone who is unable to access the consultation material online can contact the Place Shaping Team at South Norfolk Council on (01508) 533805 in order to make alternative arrangements to view the documents.