District Council Delays on Reg16

UPDATE: The Plaistow and Ifold Parish Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Chichester District Council on the 31 August 2018 but the District Council has not proceeded to Regulation 16 (a six-week public consultation), citing lack of staffing.

The District was reminded of the regulations in this process:

Does the local planning authority consider whether a neighbourhood plan or Order meets the basic conditions when a neighbourhood plan or Order is submitted to it?

When a draft neighbourhood plan or Order is submitted to a local planning authority the authority is considering the draft plan or order against the statutory requirements set out in paragraph 6 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). A local planning authority has to be satisfied that a basic condition statement has been submitted but it is not required to consider whether the draft plan or order meets the basic conditions. It is only after the independent examination has taken place and after the examiner’s report has been received that the local planning authority comes to its formal view on whether the draft neighbourhood plan or Order meets the basic conditions. The local planning authority should provide constructive comments on an emerging plan or Order before it is submitted.
Paragraph: 053 Reference ID: 41-053-20140306 Revision date: 06 03 2014

CDC have now informed the Parish Council that they are to sign a Service Level Agreement with the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to cover their Neighbourhood Planning responsibilities. The Parish Council is waiting for further advice from the District Council.