BBEST Neighbourhood Plan submitted to Sheffield City Council – 12th August 2019

We are delighted to announce that this major stage in the development of the Neighbourhood Plan has been completed! 

Thank you for your all your help and support during the time since we began, in 2015.

You can view the documents which have been submitted on the BBEST website here.

What happens next?

The documents submitted to the Council will now follow the next stage of the Neighbourhood Planning process.  An outline of this process is given below.

(Full details can be found in the document here)

The Council has 6 weeks to review the documents to ensure that they meet the criteria.

The Council will then carry out it’s own consultation on the Plan – similar to the one BBEST  carried out in Autumn 2018.

Following the consultation, the Plan and all comments will go to an External Examiner.

The Examiner may recommend some changes and these would need to be accommodated in a final revision of the Plan.

A referendum, including all residents in the are who are on the electoral register, will then be carried out by the Council.

The question will be:
Do you want [insert name of local planning authority] to use the neighbourhood plan for [insert name of neighbourhood area] to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?

If successful at referendum, a neighbourhood plan comes into force as part of the development plan for the area alongside the local plan. Local planning authorities and planning inspectors considering planning applications or appeals must make their decisions in accordance with the policies of the development plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise. 

So it’s still a long road, but with a following wind, we expect the referendum to take place later at some point in 2020.

Meanwhile, BBEST business goes on as usual! Come and celebrate with us and hear about the next stages in the process in more detail at The BBEST AGM and Forum meeting will take place on Saturday 30th November, 3-5pm, Fulwood Room, Beacon Methodist Church, Fulwood Road, Broomhill. 

More details later.

BBEST Update – January 2019

On 1st December a lively BBEST meeting was attended by 17 members.  Draft minutes of the meeting and the annual report for 2018 are available on the web from this page:
A discussion of To Let signs has led BBEST to consider putting photographs of streets with many signs on the web pages – the signs for September 2019 are now up, so this is probably ‘peak to let sign’.  Please email your photographs to

Legal criteria for the signs can be found in this document from Reading Council on Estate Agent boards – do let me know if you find a more relevant site!

Houses in multiple occupation (HMO) were discussed and it was noted that there are numbers of unregistered HMOs in the area, and SCC has acknowledged its own figures may be an underestimate. The council is reviewing its data and it may be that we can in due course help with that, and put a link to the data on our website.


The consultation papers are now on the website again under the Plan information heading at the top. Please remember that these are now pre-current, as they will change in the light of comments.

BBEST: Development and AGM, Saturday 1st December, 2pm to 4pm

The BBEST Development Meeting and Annual General Meeting will take place at the Scout Hut, Spooner Road, Broomhill, from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Development Meeting
As well as a discussion of responses to the consultation, there will be an opportunity to press for action on To Let signs and highlight streets where there are lots of signs.  We’ll also be asking for your views on two green spaces.
Annual General Meeting
Please send nominations for Officer roles (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary) and Steering Group members to me ahead of the meeting.  Do contact me if you want more information.
2pm Development Meeting
  1. Outline of consultation responses and our view of changes needed
  2. New timetable
  3. To Let signs.
  4. HMO registrations
  5. Local Green Space assessment
3.30pm Annual General Meeting
  1. Apologies
  2. Last Year’s meeting
  3. Annual Report
  4. Nominations for Steering Group
  5. Nominations for Officers