Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas and Cann Neighbourhood Plan | Key Dates
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Key Dates

  • 2012
  • 6 April

    The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 come into force giving every community in Britain the right to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan (NP) under the aegis of its local planning authority (NDDC in our case).

  • 25 April

    First public NP meeting in Shaftesbury town hall, introduced by Cllr Tim Cook. This meeting followed three preliminary meetings held in February and March in anticipation of the new regulations coming into force. Diana West appointed first chairman and Rachel Caldwell secretary. ‘Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan Group’ adopted as the group’s name. Cllrs Tim Cook and Lester Dibben nominated as STC “liaison”.

  • 16 May

    First formal meeting of Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan Group (SNPG). The group adopts terms of reference (snpg-terms-of-reference) adapted from Gillingham Neighbourhood Plan Group. The group agrees to “autonomous status”, i.e. it is not part of Shaftesbury Town Council (STC) and not controlled by the council although the council remains the ‘responsible’ body and has ultimate responsibility for delivering the plan under the regulations. ToR forwarded to STC’s town clerk (Nikki Merefield) for information.

  • 6 June

    Sue Minshaw elected SNPG chair in place of Diana West.

  • 2013
  • 19 January

    Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish Council vote unanimously to become part of SNPG.

  • 5 February

    Shaftesbury Town Council formally resolves to include Melbury Abbas & Cann within the boundary of Shaftesbury’s Neighbourhood Plan (Policy 0213/FC/115B).

  • 19 February

    Melbury Abbas and Cann Parish Council resolves to be part of the Shaftesbury Neighbourhood Plan area (minute 2012.99).

  • 28 May

    Shaftesbury’s town clerk (Nikki Merefield) submits formal application to North Dorset District Council (NDDC) for the designation of Shaftesbury and Melbury Abbas & Cann parishes as a Neighbourhood Area. The application is made in the name of Shaftesbury Town Council as the relevant lead body under the 2012 regulations.

  • 14 June

    Formal six-week consultation on the Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas and Cann NP area launched by NDDC in the local press and online.

  • 26 July

    Consultation period ends without objections.

  • 16 Sep

    NDDC formally adopts the Shaftesbury and Melbury Abbas & Cann NP area. The term ‘SNPG’ automatically comes to mean ‘Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas & Cann NP Group’ from this date.

  • 7 November

    Locality UK awards £7,000 to SNPG to produce a NP for the Shaftesbury and Melbury Abbas & Cann area (initial payment £6,300).

  • 5 December

    Cllr Richard Tippins replaces Sue Minshaw as SNPG chair who steps down.

  • 2014
  • 19 May

    Richard Tippins and Karen Tippins re-elected STC’s representatives to SNPG.

  • July-October

    Presentations to key community groups including Shaftesbury & District Task Force (SDTF), Shaftesbury & District Chamber of Commerce, and Shaftesbury Civic Society.

  • Nov-December

    Community survey-questionnaire on issues affecting development in the NP area prepared and produced. 10,000 copies printed.

  • 2015
  • 6 January

    Survey questionnaire-survey distributed to all households and businesses in the NP area with 25 January deadline.

  • 12 January

    NP website launched. Survey placed on website.

  • 26 January

    Final survey workshop held at Shaftesbury town hall.

  • 30 June

    First cut’ analysis of interim survey results presented to SDTF annual meeting.

  • 1 August

    Town centre working party formed to discuss issues affecting Shaftesbury town centre.

  • 24 September

    SNPG membership re-shuffle including appointment of lead officers and facilitators of 5 ‘theme’ groups (environment, housing etc). Richard Tippins confirmed as chair, Karen Tippins as project coordinator.

  • 2016
  • 27 May

    Planning consultant Jo Witherden commissioned to draw up a NP framework document.

  • 31 May

    Richard Tippins and Karen Tippins re-elected STC’s representatives to SNPG.

  • 29 June

    NP framework document issued.

  • 6 September

    Jo Witherden commissioned to prepare first draft of NP from available documented evidence.

  • 18 October

    First draft of NP document issued.

  • 20 October

    SNPG meets to confirm adoption of first draft document and May 2012 terms of reference.

  • Target date for completion of draft NP document
    31 March 2017
  • 11 January 2017

    Richard and Karen Tippins resign as chairman and project manager. Replaced by Cllr William Keneally, chairman of Melbury Abbas & Cann parish council, as chairman and Jackie Upton King as secretary.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
From now to the finish (all dates indicative only)
2017
 
June             Draft plan published 6 week consultation
late July     Comments collected and collated and NP amended as appropriate
September  Final draft plan sent to NDDC. NDDC allow themselves up to  6 months to check, assess, consult and examine the plan as follows:
                   – NDDC check final document and if satisfied it meets the
                      requirements open it to statutory 6-week public consultation
                   – Further adjustments made to the Final Plan in response to public
                      comments
                   – NDDC appoint independent examiner
                   – Final plan sent to independent examiner who carries out examination and reports back to NDDC and SNPG/STC
                   – Final adjustments made to NP if any
2018
January    Public referendum held on the final NP. More than 50% of local voters must say ‘yes’ to it for it to
                      be adopted.
February  Result of referendum announced. If more than 50% vote ‘Yes’ NP accepted for inclusion in Local
                      Plan.
February  Shaftesbury, Melbury Abbas & Cann Neighbourhood Plan formally incorporated into Local Plan
                      with legal force.