Eaton & Cringleford

Neighbourhood Development Plan update

Just Regional
Oct 31, 2013 2 mins read

A special hearing into the Cringleford Neighbourhood Development Plan took place in October, following a request from independent examiner Timothy Jones QC.

The plan allocates land for 1,200 homes and sets policies to guide future housing, employment and community development in the parish and help ensure future planning applications are determined in accordance with the aspirations of the local community.

Having read through all the representations received during the publicity period on the examination version of the plan, Mr Jones concluded that he wished to hold a hearing to receive views on four main issues, which can be viewed in the Examiner’s Guidance and Direction Note by scanning this page using your Clickable Paper app.

The two-day hearing was held at Park Farm Hotel, Hethersett, on October 21-22, with an accompanied site visit on the afternoon of the second day, attended by Timothy Jones QC, examiner, Professor Malcolm Wagstaff, head of the Neighbourhood Plan team, Anne Barnes, plan team member and clerk to Cringleford Parish Council, Robert Vestentoft and John Symington, representing Land Fund, and Kevin Cooper and his associate representing Barratt Homes.

The site visit included the areas allocated in the plan for housing. Mr Jones will now produce his report on the plan by November 18. If the plan is recommended to be accepted but with amendments it can be passed for referendum in the new year.

Cringleford’s Neighbourhood Development Plan team of Professor Wagstaff, Gerry Mole, Annette Howlett and Anne Barnes all attended the two-day hearing and were delighted at how it went.

Mrs Barnes said: “Although the hearing was less formal than a public inquiry, the examiner was very thorough in his questioning and allowed all parties equal time and opportunity. The Parish Council was very pleased with how the hearing went and eagerly awaits the examiner’s report.

“This has been the culmination of two years of very hard work for the team and we are very proud of our plan. We could not have done this without the help and support of the parishioners whose views have been reflected in developing the plan. If we are successful in getting to the referendum stage we will be the first in Norfolk and we hope this will lead the way for other Neighbourhood Plans to follow.”

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