The original BBEST ‘designation’ was for 5 years, to January 2020. In common with other Forums, it has taken BBEST longer than intended to prepare the Plan and send the documentation to Sheffield City Council. This means that we need to apply for ‘redesignation’ for another five years. This process is underway, and this is to let you know that the Council will be consulting on this in the coming weeks, from week commencing 28 October 2019. If you’d like to respond to the consultation, keep an eye on the Council’s consultation page, or watch this space for the link to the consultation when it’s available.
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.
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.
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! http://www.reading.gov.
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.