Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Plan 'Made'

At a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, Bromsgrove District Council decided to 'make' the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan 2018-2030, which now forms part of the statutory development plan for determining planning applications in the neighbourhood area.

A copy of the Council's decision statement can be found here;

The 'made' neighbourhood plan approved by referendum can be found here; 

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Result

A referendum was held on the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 12th December 2019. The referendum question asked the following; Do you want Bromsgrove District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area? 

A notice if the referendum result can be viewed here: Notice of result

Examiner's Report, Decision Statement and Referendum

Following an independent examination of the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan, the examiner's report was received by Bromsgrove District Council and the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on the 12th September 2019. A modified version of the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan will now proceed to Referendum.

In addition to the information statement, the specified documents for the referendum period in line with regulation 4 of the Neighbourhood Planning (Referendum) Regulations 2012 and regulations 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) regulations 2012 (as amended), can be viewed below;

Examination

An independent examiner, Mr Andrew Matheson, was appointed at the beginning of April 2019 to undertake an examination of the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan. Correspondence for the examination period can be viewed below:

Independent Examiner's Letter - Procedural Matters and Questions – 23rd April 2019

Independent Examiner's E-mail- 24th April 2019

Steering group response to the Examiners Questions

Regulation 16 Responses

Following the submission to the District Council earlier in 2019, the Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan was subject to a representation period from the 14th February-29th March 2019. A total of 15 representations were received by the District Council, each of which is available to view below:

Regulation 16 Representation Period

The joint Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Bromsgrove District Council. The District Council is satisfied the Neighbourhood Plan is in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended). The plan is therefore being publicised and representations are invited during a six week period from 14th February - 29th March 2019 as part of the Council's obligations under Regulation 16 of the above regulations.

The following documents have been jointly submitted by Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Parish Council (the 'qualifying body') to Bromsgrove District Council:

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan 2018-30

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan - Consultation Statement

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Development Plan - Basic Conditions Statement

In order to provide a clear representation(s) on the plan, it is preferred that you make your comments on this specific representation form (although other responses will be accepted). It is important to specify which part of the neighbourhood plan (by page and/or paragraph and/or policy number) you are commenting on.

SEA and HRA Screening Assessment

A screening assessment was undertaken in to check if the emerging draft Neighbourhood Plan required a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) or a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA). The three statutory consultees were consulted (Environment Agency, Historic England, and Natural England). The SEA and HRA screening assessment and the consultee responses can be viewed here:

SEA and HRA Screening Assessment 2018

Environment Agency Response to Screening Assessment

Historic England Response to Screening Assessment

Natural England Response to Screening Assessment

Area Designation

Bromsgrove District Council approved the designation of the area covering Lickey & Blackwell parish and Cofton Hackett parish as a neighbourhood area in October 2014. The qualifying bodies were Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett parish councils.

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan Area Notice

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Plan Application – 01.07.2014

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Neighbourhood Area Map

Lickey & Blackwell and Cofton Hackett Designation Letter - 13.10.2014 

Lickey & Blackwell Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan pages (External Website)

Cofton Hackett Parish Council website (External Website)

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