After months of discussion, the Burton Joyce Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan Referendum began on the 29th November. Covered in the plan are the following…
Ensuring that any developments in the village take account of the density of the number of existing buildings – which is higher in the village centre – and appropriately reflects the character of those properties surrounding the proposed development.
It also ensures the character of the landscape is either conserved or enhanced and important nature habitats are protected.
Focusing on the landscape surrounding the village that give it its soft edge.
Developments from Mill Field Close, for example, are required to have trees and hedges along their boundaries to maintain the rural village character and replacement planting in any development should be of native species.
Proposals should demonstrate a high design quality that will contribute to the character of the village and any major developments must conform with national design standards.
New development proposals should demonstrate how they will reinforce the character of the area as defined in the Burton Joyce Village Appraisal.
Particular attention should be given to boundary treatment – native trees and hedgerows – that reflect the surrounding character and the views afforded by the development.
A need for smaller houses of one to three bedrooms in the village has already been identified, so planning applications for new schemes are required to demonstrate how the housing mix addresses this local need.
The provision of smaller houses, especially those suitable for older people, should be encouraged in locations up to a 10-minute walk from the village centre.
Footpaths and Public Rights of Way
Depending on how big and where the development is, proposals which aim to enhance walking, running, riding and cycling in the area will be encouraged.
As well as statutory-listed buildings, the retention of locally important heritage assets is encouraged in this policy and development proposals affecting these will need to fit in with Gedling Borough policies.
In addition to these, planning permission will only be granted for development proposals affecting locally important heritage assets in Burton Joyce.
The Village Centre
Environmental improvements to the village centre will be supported where they enhance the existing rural village character of the centre by enhancing pedestrian movement between the Co-op and the shops and improving access to the shops on Main Street.
The redevelopment of community facilities for non-community uses will be resisted unless it can be demonstrated to the satisfaction of Gedling Borough Council that the operation of the facility is no longer financially viable or necessary, or that a replacement facility of equal size and quality is provided in an equally accessible location.
All development proposals within the village will be required to demonstrate that the development and its access arrangements have been designed to improve pedestrian and highway safety in the immediate vicinity of the site.
Results of the referendum were with the majority voting yes to the Neighbourhood Plan.
This means that the plan will now come into force as part of the Statutory Development Plan for the area and will be effective until 2028.
The next step is for Gedling Borough Council to decide whether to formally ‘make’ the neighbourhood plan in accordance with the regulations.
This process is to effectively confirm the status of a Neighbourhood Plan as a Development Plan document.
The regulations set out that the council has eight weeks to make this decision and they intend to take it to cabinet on 10th January, which is a public meeting.
The Gedling Borough Council will then inform the parish council of the outcome.