Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan
The Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan was formally made by Council on 6 December 2022.
The Parish of Ashdon is a small rural community set in rolling open countryside on the Essex Cambridgeshire border. It is a uniquely situated village with two historic cores, namely the primary centre grouped around the Rose and Crown pub and secondly the smaller settlement of Church End focused around the Grade I All Saints Church.
The made plan
Pre-submission public consultation (Regulation 14): 17 September - 31 October 2021
Examiner appointed: 9 February 2022
Submission public consultation (Regulation 16): 14 April - 30 May 2022
Examination (Regulation 17): Commencing June 2022
Referendum: Thursday 20 October 2022
Plan made: 6 December 2022
The Parish of Ashdon was designated as the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan Development Area under an Executive Decision by the Leader on 1 May 2019.
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Determination
Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Determination Statement (under Regulation 9 and 11 of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes 2004)
Uttlesford District Council has determined that the draft Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan is unlikely to result in significant environmental effects and therefore, does not require a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This statement also includes the reasons for this determination (in line with Regulation 11 of the SEA Regulations).
Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan Group and Ashdon Parish Council ran a consultation on the Pre-submission (Regulation 14) Draft Neighbourhood Plan for Ashdon. The consultation ran from 17 September to 31 October.
You can read the Pre-submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website. They were also consulting on a Draft Design Code for Ashdon.
Ashdon Parish Council submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to Uttlesford District Council on 31March 2022.Uttlesford District Council confirmed on 11 April 2022 that the Neighbourhood Plan submission complies with all the relevant requirements.
Uttlesford District Council ran a consultation on the submission version of the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan from 14 April to 30 May 2022.
Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan submission documents
Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents
Supporting evidence documents for the neighbourhood plan area
Ashdon Character Assessment on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan Landscape Appraisal on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
- Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan Landscape Appraisal extract for Steventon End on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
- Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan Landscape Appraisal extract for Water End on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan footpath survey on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Ashdon path by path survey on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Flooding in the Parish of Ashdon: Report by the Ashdon Flood Group on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Ashdon Business Survey Summary on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Natural Environment and Biodiversity in the Parish of Ashdon on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
Review of Ashdon Indoor Community Spaces on the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan website
An Independent Examiner has been appointed for the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan.
Name of examiner: Andrew Ashcroft
Date of appointment: 9 February 2022
The plan will be examined by the independent examiner who will take the representations made during the public consultation into account.
Normally the independent examination will be conducted by written representations. However, if it is considered necessary, the examiner may invite interested parties to a public hearing to present their comments. This might be necessary to examine an issue in more depth or to ensure fairness.
The independent examiner will only consider whether the proposed Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions set out by law. The examiner will be considering whether the plan:
- has appropriate regard to national policy
- contributes to the achievement of sustainable development
- is in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
- is compatible with human rights requirements
- is compatible with EU obligations
Following the examination, the examiner will issue a report. If the plan meets the basic conditions the examiner will recommend the plan proceed to referendum stage, or may suggest further modifications are needed. The examiner may conclude that the plan does not meet the basic conditions and therefore would recommend it does not go to referendum.
Following an independent Examination, Uttlesford District Council recommended that the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum.
Result of the referendum
In response to the question, "Do you want Uttlesford District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ashdon to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?", the votes were:
The turnout was 29.6% from 712 registered electorate.
Find detailed results from the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan Referendum including specified documents and legal notices relating to the poll.
At Council on 6 December 2022 the was formally made (the Neighbourhood Plan legislation's term for adopted) by the District Council as part of the Statutory development plan.
The Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan now sits alongside the Uttlesford Local Plan Adopted 2005. Should planning permission be sought in areas covered by the adopted neighbourhood plan, the application must be determined in accordance with both the neighbourhood plan and the Local Plan.
Read the press release; the Ashdon Neighbourhood Plan is formally 'made'.