Dorstone Neighbourhood Plan

Time Table

The entire process is estimated to take between 18 and 24 months. Below is a detailed diary of tasks by stages, together with estimated dates. Please note that these dates should act as guides and may be subject to change.

Stage 1 - Defining The Area (Done)

The Plan will cover the entire Parish. An application to carry out NDP has been accepted by Herefordshire Council. The Parish Council is responsible for its production with the help of the Steering Group and the Neighbourhood Planning Forum, both made up of volunteers from the parish.

Stage 2 - Preparing The Plan (March 2013 - May 2014)

This stage begins the Consultation phase and involves the entire community. Building on our 2010 Parish Plan. We will collect views and opinions from parishioners together with collating relevant policies and data from Herefordshire Council. This will incliude discussions with key groups, community organisations, landowners etc. and production of a questionnaire to focus plan objectives. Based upon this consultation we will prepare a Vision for the parish laying out our Objectives in the form of a Draft Plan

Stage 3 - Submission of the Plan (June 2014)

We are required to submit our Draft Plan to Herefordshire Council. It must include:

  • a Proposals Map showing the area covered
  • a consultation statement
  • a statement showing how the Plan meets all legal and procedural requirements

Following a six week consultation period, Herefordshire Council will then decide whether our plan is ready to go forward to the Examination Stage

Stage 4 - Independent Examination (July - August 2014)

Draft Plan will be examined by an Independent Examiner who will decide:

  1. Plan can move to referendum
  2. or need Minor modifications before proceeding to Referendum
  3. or, Refusal Confirmation by Herefordshire Council

Stage 5 - Referendum (September - November 2014)

The Referendum will be arranged and paid for by Herefordshire Council. All those on electoral roll and living within the parish will be eligible to vote. The Plan will requires a simple majority of those voting to be in favour before adoption.

Stage 6 - Adoption (December 2014)

Becomes part of Local Development Plan having Equal force with Herefordshire County's Local Plan

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