Sarratt Neighbourhood Area
On 22 July 2019 the Policy and Resources Committee of Three Rivers District Council designated the whole of Sarratt Parish as a Neighbourhood Area. A copy of the Designation Notice and a map of the Designated Area can be accessed below.
An application to designate Sarratt Parish as a Neighbourhood Area was submitted by Sarratt Parish Council to Three Rivers District Council and was subject to a six week period of public consultation between 31 May 2019 and 12 July 2019.
As part of the public consultation details of the application, consultation period and how to make written representations were published on the Three Rivers District Council website; copies of the application were made available at the Council offices in Three Rivers House; and details of the application were published in the Watford Observer on the 31 May 2019 to provide all those who live, work and carry on business in the Parish the opportunity to comment on the designation. No representations were received by the Council.
Following the end of the consultation period, a report was prepared for the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee recommending that a Neighbourhood Area be designated for the whole of Sarratt Parish. The report considered the application in the context of the relevant Legislation (Town and Country Planning Act 1990, Localism Act 2011 and Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012).
Next step – Producing a Neighbourhood Plan
The Parish Council are now able to begin work on a Neighbourhood Plan for the Sarratt Neighbourhood Area. A Neighbourhood Plan, which can become part of the statutory development plan for the designated area, can assist local communities in shaping how their locality develops by establishing general planning policies for the development and use of land within a defined area. The content of a Neighbourhood Plan can be adapted to reflect the local situation but it is likely to include development management policies (e.g. design policies).
To become part of the development plan, a Neighbourhood Plan must receive a majority ‘Yes’ vote in a local referendum organised by the Local Planning Authority. To reach the referendum stage a Neighbourhood Plan needs to progress through several stages:
- Completed Neighbourhood Plans are submitted to the Local Planning Authority who need to be satisfied that the submitted plan complies with the strategic priorities of the local development plan.
- Following a period of public consultation, the submitted plan will be examined by an independent inspector who is required to ensure the plan meets a set of basic conditions and legal requirements.
- Following a successful examination, a submitted Neighbourhood Plan can continue to a Local Referendum (in this case within Batchworth) and, if successful, be adopted as part of the development plan.
For more information on Neighbourhood Plans please see:
- https://www.threerivers.gov.uk/Default.aspx/Web/Neighbourhood-Planning (Three Rivers District Council)
- http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning (Locality)