Monday 29 February was the last day to submit comments on the first draft of the Tanworth NDP. A new draft will be published soon. See above.
Since 2014 a Steering Group of residents,first under John Brougham,then Adrian Fowler of Earlswood and now jointly under Michael Saunders and Jonathan Ashcroft,has been preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for the whole of Tanworth parish.
Both the Coalition government and,more recently,the Conservative government has encouraged local communities to prepare such plans as a way of providing increased local input into the planning process in the future.
There are some things an NDP can do and some it cannot.
An NDP cannot be used to stop all development
It can merely express an opinion on what development should take place,offer suggestions of which locations are suitable –and which are not –and recommend the style of building to be employed. The final document must propose actual sites for development –even in areas like ours that are totally in Green Belt.
None of its conclusions are binding
An NDP is only what is called a “material consideration” in deciding whether any individual planning application in the future is approved. The Local Planning Authority,in our case Stratford District Council,can ultimately decide to ignore the recommendations if it chooses so to do. However,the sites that are identified will inevitably be seized on by developers.
The whole parish has to be offered the opportunity to be involved
The process of drawing up an NDP is being overseen by the Parish Council but the document needs to be the product of as wide a cross section of local residents as possible. It also needs to be compatible with the District Council’s Local Plan and with relevant Westminster and European legislation. The Parish Council has retained the right to reject the proposed NDP and to discontinue the process at any time in the public interest.
Since its first meetings inevitably individuals have lost interest in the NDP process and have drifted away for a variety of reasons.
It is vital,however,that as many residents as possible retain a keen interest in the workings of the NDP Steering Group. The Group has now submitted a first draft of the plan to the Parish Council and is inviting comments on the options it has identified.
These include a number of possible sites that will be very controversial at Wood End and in Tanworth village itself.
There is now no requirement to identify 100 houses in the parish as we were originally told.
It is vital that all residents read this NDP draft and make themselves familiar with its contents – in particular its options for possible housing developments.
This is still a relatively early stage in the process. Residents will eventually have an opportunity to accept or reject the plan in a referendum,but it would be very helpful for the Steering Group to have feedback at this stage –particularly if there is opposition to suggested sites or elements have been overlooked.
To view the draft plan visit the Parish Council website at: