Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Development Plan
In April 2011, Balsall Heath was chosen by the Government as one of the first areas in the country to pilot Neighbourhood Planning.
Designation of the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Area and the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Planning Forum
In 2012 Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Planning Forum formally applied to BCC to be recognised as the legitimate body to prepare a NDP for their area. BCC publicised the application on this webpage for a 6 week period between the 12th September - 24th October 2012.
A copy of the Forum’s original application is below,which contains a copy of its written constitution.
A number of representations were submitted on the application, and these were considered by BCC. The extent of the proposed Neighbourhood Area was amended to take account of the comments received, and the area to the north of Highgate Road removed, BCC was satisfied that the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Planning Forum met the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, and as such, the Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Area and Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Planning Forum were formally designated by the City Council on 12th February 2013.
Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Plan - Progress
The draft NDP was and consulted upon for 8 weeks from the 20th September to 15th November 2013. Comments received were taken into account and the NDP amended accordingly. The document has recently been submitted to the City Council for publication.
Publication of Plan
Balsall Heath Neighbourhood Planning Forum (BHNPF) submitted its draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to us, together with supporting documents, including a map identifying the area to which the proposed NDP relates, a consultation statement, and a statement explaining how the proposed NDP meets the requirements of paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The council is satisfied that the matters and requirements referred to in paragraph 6(2) and 6 (3) of Schedule 4A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 have been met or complied with.
Under s16(a) of the Neighbourhood Planning General Regulations 2012 (the Regulations), the Council publicised the draft NDP together with the above mentioned supporting documents and Sustainability Appraisal for a six week period, from 14th October until 25th November 2014.
An independent examiner has now been appointed to assess the policies and proposals within the draft NDP. Depending on the outcome of the examination, as well as the Council’s consideration of the Examiner’s recommendation, a referendum may be held to enable local people to vote on the NDP.
Any comments that were received from the publication stage (along with the draft Plan and its supporting documents), have now been submitted to the independent examiner for consideration, in determining whether the NDP should be submitted for referendum, should be modified before being submitted for a referendum, or should be refused. The examiner’s report is anticipated towards the end of January 2015.
The draft submission plan and its supporting documents are available below. The plan can also be viewed at https://sites.google.com/site/balsallheathplan/home
Provided the NDP is supported at examination, a referendum will be held to enable local people to vote on the document See details of the process here.
The Forum identified a number of development options within the draft NDP and a Sustainability Appraisal (SA) has been prepared to look at the social, economic and environmental effects of emerging proposals. For example, where a site is identified for potential housing growth, the potential impacts of this type of development have been assessed, including the effect on the existing highway network, the loss of open space, the impact on air quality etc..
The SA Scoping Report was consulted upon for 5 weeks between Wednesday 17th October- Thursday 22nd November 2012, and was sent to the statutory consultees and key stakeholders in Balsall Heath for comment. A number of representations were received which informed the final SA Report, which was consulted upon at the publication stage.
A copy of the Sustainability Appraisal is below.
Sustainability Appraisal Documents
Last Updated : 16th January 2015