Decision details

Making of Helpston Neighbourhood Development Plan Following Successful Referendum Outcome - NOV22/CAB/46

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


The purpose of this report is to seek Cabinet approval to recommend that Council ‘makes’ (adopts) the Helpston Neighbourhood Plan and thereby make it part of the Development Plan for Peterborough.?? 


Cabinet considered the report and RESOLVED to:


1.    Notes the outcome of the Referendum on the Helpston Neighbourhood Plan, which took place on 15September 2022: the outcome being 277 votes in favour of the Helpston Neighbourhood Plan, versus 14 votes against the Neighbourhood Plan.?? 


2.    Recommends to Full Council that the Helpston Neighbourhood Plan, as set out at Appendix 1, be ‘made’ (which means to all intents and purposes ‘adopted’) and thereby form part of the Development Plan for Peterborough for the purpose of making decisions on relevant planning applications within the Helpston Neighbourhood Area (the Helpston Neighbourhood Area is the same area as Helpston Parish).? 


Reasons for the decision:

This recommendation is in accordance with the Localism Act 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations (as amended).? The Plan has been assessed by an independent examiner and officers agree that the plan meets the basic conditions and other requirements of legislation. The Plan has subsequently passed a referendum. As such, the Plan should be ‘made’ part of the Development Plan.? 

Alternative options considered:

There are no known alternative options for the Council to consider, given the content of the legislation, the content of the Helpston Neighbourhood Plan and the process followed in its production. The alternative of not ‘making’ (adopting) the Plan could only be taken if a legal process failure has been identified. Amending the content of the Plan is not a legal possibility at this stage.? 

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Publication date: 14/11/2022

Date of decision: 14/11/2022

Decided at meeting: 14/11/2022 - Cabinet

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