Neighbourhood Plan – A Timeline


April –  Steering Group meets to review the draft Neighbourhood Plan, and further consider the policies in it.  Areas of open space were agreed for Policy 5: Protection of Open Green Space. The draft Housing and Design policy was discussed and agreed to restructured into 2 separate policies covering development design and setting/landscape. It was agreed to add a policy on parking requirements. The next steps were discussed – the 6-week statutory consultation, dates and communication.

January to  March  –  responses received from Statutory Consultees  who confirm their agreement to the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report.  Development of policy wording and analysis of supporting data including Environmental issues, traffic from Spixworth’s SAM2 speed monitor and the History of Spixworth.


December –  the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report, following approval by Spixworth Parish Council, is sent to Statutory Consultees (Environment Agency, Historic England and Natural England).

November – Steering Group considers an amended draft of policies for inclusion in the neighbourhood plan,  additional consultation feedback received including views of staff children at Spixworth Infant School and approves the Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report – a technical document giving a detailed analysis of Spixworth.

October –  Steering Group reviews initial draft of the policies, considers whether there are  any additional policy areas needed and reviews the policy intent statements to ensure these give a clear understanding of what each policy is trying to achieve. Suggestions are received and the document will be updated.

August to September –  following the policy workshops work began in earnest to draft policies for the neighbourhood plan, grouped by 5 themes – covering infrastructure, housing, environment, community facilities and local economy.

June to July – Steering Group attend two policy writing workshops and meets  to  consider ways of encouraging further community involvement including visits to local groups, contacting the local schools,  a neighbourhood plan stall at the Church Fete and further use of social media.

May –  Steering Group meets to consider consultation feedback, to review sustainability issues for Spixworth and possible emerging policies for inclusion in the neighbourhood plan.

March –  A busy time analysing all of the feedback from the recent consultation event ready to be discussed in detail at the next Steering Group meeting.

February – community consultation event  in Spixworth Village Hall.  It was great to have the opportunity to chat with a number of residents at our consultation event on Saturday 24th February.  All of the comments and views we received  are appreciated  as these will be used to inform the Neighbourhood Plan.

January –  Steering Group meets to finalise the Vision and Objectives in preparation for the next community consultation event planned for February.


December – Steering Group meets to consider the feedback received at the launch and starts to develop the vision and objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan.

November –  Parish Council secures grant funding from central government towards the cost of preparing the Neighbourhood Plan.

Launch Event – Saturday 11th November launch event in the village to mark the start of the plan process …At the launch event we received very helpful comments about what is liked/least liked about Spixworth and what residents would like to see change. We were also pleased to receive views and suggestions on a vision for Spixworth and objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan to focus on.

October – Broadland District Council approves application to designate the civil Parish of Spixworth as the Neighbourhood Area.  Map of Designated Neighbourhood Area.

Steering Group formed to oversee the production of the Neighbourhood Plan. At its first meeting the Group elects residents Peter Holdroyd as its Chairman  and Paula Harkin-Perry as Vice Chairman.

September – As one of the first steps the Parish Council applies to Broadland District Council, the local planning authority, to designate the neighbourhood area for the Spixworth Neighbourhood Plan.