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Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan

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Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Committee

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(December 2016)

Neighbourhood Plan - revised submission draft approved

The revised submission draft of the Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan was a major item on the agenda for the meeting of the Parish Council on 12th December. The meeting was attended by twenty-eight members of the public, several of whom were invited to make comments and ask questions. Click here to see the advisory committee chairman's report. Following intense questioning and lively debate, the Parish Council voted by an overwhelming majority to accept the plan as revised by the Neighbourhood Plan advisory committee. The plan will now be forwarded to Rushcliffe Borough Council to be considered in its deliberations to create the Local Plan Part 2 including the Green Belt Review. This will probably take place in the first few months of 2017. The Borough Council is entitled to further revise the plan before it is placed before the community for approval or rejection via a referendum. Further information will be posted on the Parish Council website as this process and any associated consultation takes place.

Whilst the Neighbourhood Plan advisory committee has completed the task set by the Parish Council, its former chairman, Cllr Nic Seller, will try to deal with any relevant comments or questions that are submitted to him by letter or email up to and including Monday 16th January although, due to the Christmas and New Year holidays, replies over this period may be delayed a little.

Nic Seller, on behalf of Keyworth Parish Council, 13th December 2016

(November 2016)

Neighbourhood Plan - Latest

At the Parish Council meeting on 7th November, Cllr Nic Seller, chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan advisory committee, reported on the committee's progress since it was set up at the Full Council meeting meeting on 26th September. Click here to see Cllr Seller's report in full.

A revised submission draft (subject, at the time of writing, to a number of editorial corrections) will be considered at the meeting on 12th December. Click here for details. Please watch this space for news of further developments.

(September 2016)

Neighbourhood Plan News

After four years of preparation by the Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, the Keyworth Neighbourhood Development Plan Submission Draft was presented to Keyworth Parish Council for approval at the extraordinary meeting on 14th September. The Parish Council declined to support the Submission Draft and voted to set up a Council sub-committee to look at the housing strategy and reconsider the potential housing development sites. Any future information regarding the Plan will come from the new sub-committee, the members of which will be decided at the next Full Council meeting, when terms of reference will also be approved.

Linda Abbey, Tony Grice, Liz Chmara, John Cottee and Keith Barton (Members of Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group).

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(March 2016)

Neighbourhood Plan News

Meetings with Developers: Members of the Steering Group put points and queries, from residents' comments in the formal consultation period last year, to the representatives of each of the sites earmarked for new housing development and for safeguarding in the Draft Plan, to make the community's expectations clear.

Release of Green Belt for Development: As there appears to be no possibility of release of Green Belt Land ahead of Rushcliffe Borough Council's Review, the Neighbourhood Plan will go forward with the Housing Policy as an appendix of recommendations. This will enable us to complete soon. The release of land and allocation of sites would then be done on completion of the Rushcliffe Local Plan Part 2.

Timescale: We hope the Plan will be completed and approved in the next couple of months and passed to Rushcliffe Borough Council, to independent examination in the autumn and then to referendum in early 2017.

Linda Abbey, Chairman of the Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

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(November 2015)

Neighbourhood Plan News

Click here for the latest news from the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.

(July 2015)

Neighbourhood Plan - Consultation Responses

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is pleased to share with you the details of the public contributions from the Regulation 14 Consultation, completed earlier in the year. The Steering Group thanks all those residents who provided responses. Summaries of views in graph form and key issues raised for each policy are listed. To view, please click here.

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(June 2015)

Neighbourhood Plan - further setback

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has just been informed that we are not allowed to recommend any sites for housing development in the plan no matter what evidence or public support we have for any such sites. (You will remember that, some time ago, the Parish Council was told that we would have to plan for 450 new houses in Keyworth). This is because any sites recommended would be on green belt land. Any housing development would, however, have to be on the green belt because that is the only sort of land available on which to build 450 houses! The Parish Council was encouraged to develop a Neighbourhood Plan and, to that end, a lot of time and money has been spent developing it. We are in a Catch 22 situation where, having been encouraged to develop a plan using green belt land, we are, in actual fact, forbidden to recommend the building of houses on green belt land! We are seeking an urgent meeting with Kenneth Clarke, our MP, to raise this ridiculous situation with him, and to ask him to take it up with the government on our behalf.

Tony Grice (chairman, Keyworth Parish Council)

(May 2015)

Neighbourhood Plan setback

Important notice regarding the Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan

It has been brought to the attention of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group that the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) has declined to make any decision on the release of green belt land for development within a Neighbourhood Plan where the allocation of sites would be ahead of the Local Authority's green belt review. In so doing, it has ignored the recommendation of the Select Committee. We knew that any building development for Keyworth would have to be on green belt and we have made numerous approaches over the past two years, together with Rushcliffe Borough Council, to the DCLG to clarify the position. Our problem is that Rushcliffe Borough Council has yet to carry out its green belt review as part of its Local Plan Part 2. At this point, therefore, we are legally unable to allocate sites, but only recommend them. The sites can be considered fully when the findings of the Rushcliffe Local Plan Part 2 are known.

The process of developing the Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan will continue, but the difference is that it will take longer than previously thought. It could be over two years before any decision can be made on the release of green belt land around Keyworth. We are as sorry and frustrated about this as we know you will be too. See below for previous Neighbourhood Plan items.

(April 2015)

Neighbourhood Plan update

Responses from the community consultation are being professionally evaluated and, as soon as this has been completed, amendments will be considered by the Steering Group in conjunction with the independent planners' findings. When this has been completed, further information will be made public. Click here for previous items concerning the Neighbourhood Plan.

(January 2015)

Neighbourhood Plan - consultation closes

The seven-week public consultation period on the Keyworth Draft Neighbourhood Plan came to a close on 24th January. Thanks to all who participated. Click here for an update from Cllr Linda Abbey, chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, or see below for background details.

(December 2014)

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation

Seven weeks from 6th December

Lots of interest at launch event

Click here to see the Draft Keyworth Neighbourhood Development Plan and questionnaire, plus sundry background documents.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group would like to thank the seventy or more residents who put their Christmas shopping on hold, and came along on a very cold morning to show their interest in the Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan – the culmination of over two years' work to date - at the launch event on 6th December (click here for photographs), and also the residents who attended the drop-in session on 15th December. There was lots of interest in the display boards, and members of the Steering Group were on hand to answer questions.

Policy display boards, on display in the Village Hall foyer until 16th December, will then be at Keyworth Library until 12th January; then on the ground floor foyer of Keyworth Primary Care Centre until 26th January. Consultation is over a period of seven weeks, from 6th December, so please make sure you have your say! If you're a Keyworth resident, you should have received a questionnaire through your letterbox on or around 10th December, along with a summary booklet* but, if you prefer to complete the questionnaire on-line, click here.

*N.B. Unfortunately, there has been a processing error affecting the wording of the summary booklet (the section re Shops & Retail); please click here for the correct wording or here to see the correctly worded document in its entirety.

N.B. We cannot undertake to respond to comments on the Neighbourhood Plan individually, but please rest assured that all comments will be taken into account.

(November 2014)

Keyworth Neighbourhood Plan - Public Consultation

At an extraordinary meeting on 12th November, the Parish Council approved polices for the draft Neighbourhood Plan to go out for public consultation; these included provision for 480 residential dwellings as follows:

  • 200 (including a minimum 80 for the elderly) on land off Nicker Hill.
  • 80 (retirement village or similar) on land off Platt Lane.
  • 200 on land north of Bunny Lane.

The next step is public consultation over a period of seven weeks starting 6th December - click here for further details, and please watch this space for more information in due course.

(October 2014)

Extraordinary Meeting - 12th November

There will be an extraordinary Full Council meeting on Wednesday, 12th November (7.00pm in the Centenary Lounge) to discuss the steering group's recommendations in respect of the Neighbourhood Plan. Members of the public are welcome to attend, but will not be invited to participate in the meeting; however, assuming the Council approves the recommendations, there will be a six-week public consultation period during which residents will be able to make their views known.

(June 2014)

Neighbourhood Plan - Update

The Neighbourhood Plan steering group is making good progress in relation to the Neighbourhood Plan with help from independent planning consultants, BPUD. Click here for an update on the current position and the next steps.

(April 2014)

Neighbourhood Plan - displays come under scrutiny

Some forty residents accepted our invitation (with the April Keyworth News) to the Annual Parish meeting on 28th April, and inspected displays submitted by prospective developers, outlining proposals for sites being considered as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process. The displays were then moved to the Village Hall foyer for the next three weeks, and attracted considerable attention. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments, all of which have been forwarded on the Neighbourhood Plan steering group. Click here to see the relevant display documents if you haven't seen them already.


What is Neighbourhood Planning?

  • Neighbourhood planning is a new right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011.
  • For the first time, local people will have a major statutory say in helping to shape development in the areas in which they live.
  • Much more information can be found on the Communities & Local Government website.

What's the background to Keyworth's Neighbourhood Plan?

  • The Keyworth Parish Profile sets out what residents told Rushcliffe Borough Council about Keyworth in consultations.
  • The Core Strategy in Rushcliffe Borough Council's Local Development Framework sets out the vision and strategy for growth and development in Rushcliffe up to 2026. It covers the broad locations of development and includes strategic policies for housing, business, retail and transport.
  • The Core Strategy proposes that at least 450 new homes should be built around Keyworth by 2026.
  • This would, in all probability, mean development on some part of the green belt.
  • The Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) for Rushcliffe is an assessment of a number of sites to consider whether they could be suitable for housing development.
  • Nine sites have been identified in or around Keyworth, and some of these sites are likely to be the ones where the new homes will be built; click here for map.
  • Under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, which came into force in April, it became necessary for the Parish Council to apply to the Borough Council for formal designation of the neighbourhood area in which possible sites for development could be identified. A Borough Council consultation folllowed during the period 18th July to 29th August.
  • It was resolved at a Borough Council Meeting on 4th December, in accordance with section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, to approve the application to designate the Parish of Keyworth as a Neighbourhood Area.

Why does Keyworth need a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • Rejecting the proposals for new homes is not an option, but a Neighbourhood Plan will enable the community to have a say on where new homes, shops and businesses should be built, and what the new buildings should look like.
  • It should be borne in mind, however, that, if the Neighbourhood Plan is rejected by the community, there will be no opportunity to put forward an alternative plan, and the proposed housing growth would go ahead without regard for the community's views.
  • Accordingly, we need to get it right first time, and we need residents to let us know what they think sooner rather than later.

What's happened so far?

  • The recommendations of the steering group will ultimately require approval by Full Council.
  • No decisions, or indeed recommendations, will be made until after the consultation process is concluded, and, when the Neighbourhood Plan is complete, residents will be able to vote on it in a local referendum.
  • For reasons outlined above, however, it was important that residents didn't leave it until the referendum to make their views known, hence the need for consultation beforehand.

What consultation has taken place?

  • Visioning workshops (for Parish and Borough Councillors, local businesses and other groups) organised by the Borough Council in June and July 2011.
  • Community consultation event at the 2011 Keyworth Show.
  • Workshops for pupils at village schools.
  • Items in Parish Council newsletter (Keyworth News).
  • Residents invited (flyers distributed with Keyworth News) to participate in a consultation exercise at the Annual Parish meeting on 30th April 2012 - some fifty residents attended, along with Parish, Borough and County Councillors.
  • Talks with school governors re likely impact of proposed housing on schools.
  • Consultation with U3A, May 2012.

(Display at 2012 Keyworth Show)

  • Consultation at BGS, 11th July 2012.
  • Council also looking to consult staff from village schools, health service, Police, local small businesses, youth providers, young parents.
  • Touch screen kiosk in the Village Hall on the day of the 2012 Keyworth Show, and then at Keyworth Health Centre until 31st August.
  • Display at 2012 Keyworth Show.

(Touch-screen Kiosk at Health Centre)

  • Questionnaire for residents available on website and from Council office from 30th April until 31st August 2012.
  • Map also on display at the Council office; comments forms available on website and at office from 27th May until 31st August 2012.
  • Focus on Neighbourhood Plan at Annual Parish meeting (advertised in Keyworth News and on separate flyers) on 29th April 2013.
  • Town planning graduate engaged to collate and analyse feedback; results presented to steering group 30th January.
  • Prospective developers invited to submit their ideas for the potential sites by 1st Mar 2013, presented in accordance with strict criteria so as to ensure 'level playing field'. Subsequent face to face discussions with prospective developers.
  • Information and advice sought from the main statutory bodies (County Council Highways, Natural England, Seven Trent Water, neighbouring parishes) on potential sites.
  • Prospective developers invited to submit displays outlining their ideas, to be on show at the Annual Parish meeting on 28th April 2014; Residents attending the meeting (advertised in Keyworth News and on separate flyers) invited to submit comments.
  • Displays subsequently on show at the Village Hall with display documents on the website; residents invited to submit comments prior to 16th May 2014.
  • See homepage for news of recent developments.