As you are aware, Barby and Onley Parish Council is reviewing its neighbourhood plan. Thank you to all of you who attended the open events in the Parish on 18 March. There was an excellent turn out with 91 people attending from our two villages and a further 55 comments made electronically by those who were unable to attend on the day making a total of 149 contributions.
As part of this process, we are considering taking advantage of new Government powers which ensure that the policies in the neighbourhood plan remain active and will continue to be used by West Northamptonshire Council to determine planning applications in the Parish, even in circumstances where the Local Plan cannot offer any protection.
To utilise these powers, the neighbourhood plan is considering allocating land for small-scale and locally appropriate residential development within the Parish. This may, for example, be for bungalows to meet the needs of older residents, or small family homes for young couples. Whilst it was clear from the open events that residents are opposed to large scale development in the Parish, there was support for smaller more locally appropriate house building where it meets a local need.
Before the Parish Council makes a decision about this, it is making contact with all landowners in the Parish with land within or close to the built-up area to invite expressions of interest for small-scale and well-designed development which is in keeping with the character of Barby and Onley. If you know of any local landowners, we would be grateful if you could bring this notice to their attention so that we don’t miss anyone out. If you are a landowner yourself and are considering developing a part of your land for small-scale housing, then please let the Parish Council know and we will explain the process to you.
Once this exercise has been completed and we understand better the aspirations of local landowners, we will consider whether or not to formally assess each site with a view to making a small-scale allocation of the most suitable site through the neighbourhood plan. It remains a possibility at this stage that no suitable site will come forward and if so, the process will not be taken any further.
The extra powers available to the neighbourhood plan would apply where West Northamptonshire Council cannot demonstrate that it has sufficient new homes to meet its independently assessed need over a period of 5 years. Whilst this is not currently the case, there is no guarantee that this will continue to be so in the coming months and years.
We will let you, as residents, know how this process unfolds in the coming months and you will have further opportunity to comment on this and all neighbourhood plan policies prior to finalising the document and submitting it to West Northamptonshire Council.
For any further information on the neighbourhood plan review or if you would like to make any comment then please email firstname.lastname@example.org