In August 2017 Poringland Parish Council submitted a Neighbourhood Area application to South Norfolk Council. A copy of the application as well as a map showing the extent of the Neighbourhood Area and the accompanying statement can be downloaded below.
The Poringland Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to South Norfolk Council in May 2019.
Following an initial examination of the Neighbourhood Plan, which was completed in January 2020, South Norfolk Council proposed to accept each of the examiner’s recommendations apart from that relating to Policy 2 ‘Housing-scale’. Following a further consultation on this proposal and a subsequent examination of the Council’s alternative modification to Policy 2 (in which the second examiner recommended a modification to the Council’s proposal), South Norfolk Council proposed to make a further amendment to the second examiner’s modification. This was in order for the policy to achieve the clarity required by the National Planning Policy Framework. This proposal was subject to a further consultation in February/March 2021.
Following consideration of the representations received, South Norfolk Council has now published its final Decision Statement in relation to each of the recommendations by both examiners and this is available to view below. Also available to view is the submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan, the reports of the first and second examiner, and a summary of representations received during both consultations on the Policy 2 issue.
Subject to these modifications being made, South Norfolk Council has approved that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to a referendum in the parish. Further details will be available once a referendum date has been announced.
In the meantime, the Government has also updated guidance to state that, where a local planning authority has made a decision detailing its intention to send a Neighbourhood Plan to referendum (as in this case), that Plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the planning application being considered.