Newport and Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan
The Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan was formally made by Council on 28 June 2021.
The Newport and Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the two parish councils of Newport and Quendon & Rickling. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of the two parishes. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.
The parishes of Newport and Quendon & Rickling are located in the middle of the Uttlesford District and are home to some 2,900 people. They are within the M11 corridor, set in a rolling landscape of valleys and open areas along the route of the old A11.
The made plan
Neighbourhood Area designated Uttlesford District Council (UDC): 16 February 2017
Pre-submission Public Consultation (Regulation 14): 2 May 2018 - 15 June 2018
Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Submitted to UDC: 12 September 2019
Submission Public Consultation (Regulation 16): 17 September 2019 - 29 October 2019
Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan sent for examination: 31 October 2019
Examiner appointed: 18 September 2019
Examination (Regulation 17): 11 November 2019
Consultation in relation to Policy NQRHA1 Coherence of Villages (bullet point 5): 7 December 2020 - 25 January 2021
Examiner appointed for a focussed (partial) examination of Policy NQRHA1 Coherence of Villages: 1 March 2021
Decision to proceed to referendum on 6 May: 22 March 2021
Referendum: 6 May 2021
Neighbourhood Plan Made: 28 June 2021
The Parishes of Newport and Quendon & Rickling were designated as the Newport and Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Area by Uttlesford District Council on 16 February 2017.
Uttlesford District Council prepared a Strategic Environmental Screening Determination Statement for the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Draft 12.
Newport and Quendon & Rickling Parish Councils undertook consultation on its pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan for the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan 2 May 2018 - 15 June 2018.
Newport and Quendon & Rickling Parish Councils submitted its Neighbourhood Plan to Uttlesford District Council on 20 April 2018, along with its supporting documents. Uttlesford District Council has confirmed that the Neighbourhood Plancomplieswith all the relevant statutory requirements.
Comments made during submission consultation are available to view collectively as Representations on the submission version of the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan.
Newport and Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents
The Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan was been submitted to the Examiner and the examination started on 11 November 2019.
The independent examiner appointed to carry out the examination is Mr. John Slater, has recommended that the modified Plan should proceed to Referendum and that this should be held within the Neighbourhood Area.
However, the Coronavirus Act 2020 and the Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 delay a referendum until 6 May 2021or such other day as is fixed by the Secretary of State by order.
Additional comments invited - Following the publication of the on 10 January, the Independent Examiner of the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan invited the District Council, the Qualifying Body and the organisations and persons who sent in comments at the Regulation 16 stage, to submit any further representations as to what they believe are implications of the Inspectors' letter for the Neighbourhood Plan.
On 24 November 2020 Uttlesford District Council, having considered each of the recommendations made by the Examiner resolved to approve the changes proposed Appendix 3 of the Cabinet Report, and that the submitted Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan:
a. be modified as set out in Appendix 3, subject to a seven-week consultation period in line with Regulation 17A of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) and Development Management Procedure (Amendment) Regulations 2016;
b. that the Plan is progressed to Referendum covering the area of Newport, Quendon and Rickling Parishes subject to no substantive objections being lodged to the modifications proposed; and
c. that authority to be delegated to Director of Public Services, in consultation with the Planning Portfolio Holder, to consider responses to consultation on the proposed decision relating to the departures from the Examiner's recommendations, and to determine the final changes to be made to the neighbourhood plan before it proceeds to the referendum.
Uttlesford District Council has decided to approve all of the recommended modifications, apart from one. The council proposes to take a different view to that of the examiner in relation to Policy NQRHA1 Coherence of Villages (bullet point 5). Table 1 in the decision statement outlines the alterations made to the draft Plan under paragraph 12(6) of Schedule 4B to the 1990 Act (as applied by Section 38A of 2004 Act) in response to each of the examiner's recommendations and the justification for this. The table in the decision statement also includes some further modifications agreed by the council with the consent of the parish council.
Given Uttlesford District Council's proposal to make a decision which differs from that recommended by the examiner (in relation to Policy NQRHA1 Coherence of Villages (bullet point 5) ( ), there will now follow a seven-week period of consultation (this should be six weeks but is extended to seven week to take account of Christmas and New year holidays) during which Newport Parish Council, all those who submitted representations to Uttlesford District Council during the Regulation 16 publication stage, and any consultation body that has previously been consulted on the Neighbourhood Plan will be invited to make comments on Policy NQRHA1 Coherence of Villages Submission Neighbourhood Plan version (bullet point 5) (in accordance with section 13 of Schedule 4B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990). This seven week period took place from 9am Monday 7 December 2020 to 5pm Monday 25 January 2021.
Following the aforementioned seven-week period, Uttlesford District Council may refer the issue to a further independent examination, if it considers it appropriate to do so.
A seven week consultation ran from 9am Monday 7 December 2020 to 5pm Monday 25 January 2021.
Update to the consultation
Following the seven week consultation on the council's proposed additional modification recommendations and having considered the issues raised in the representations received a decision was made on 25 February 2021. The decision is to appoint an Examiner to undertake a focussed (partial) examination on Policy NQRHA1- Coherence of Villages.
Mr. John Slater was appointed as the Examiner on 1 March 2021.
Comments received from the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group are provided.
The council awaits instructions from the Examiner on any steps to be followed in the focussed (partial) examination.
Final Decision Statement following receipt of Examiner's report on Partial Re-examination on Proposed Modifications
Following the receipt of the Examiner's report on 21 March 2021 with regards to the partial re-examination of the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan, Uttlesford District Council has decided that the plan, as modified, should proceed to a referendum on 6 May 2021.
A Referendum relating to the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan was held on Thursday 6 May 2021.
Results from the referendum, specified documents and legal notices relating to the poll are available on the Newport, Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - 6 May 2021 webpage.
The question asked in the Referendum was "Do you want Uttlesford District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Newport Quendon & Rickling to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"
A person was entitled to vote in the Referendum if:
- he or she is entitled to vote in an election of any Councillor of Uttlesford Council whose area is in the Referendum area; and
- his or her qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum area. A person's qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be so registered.
At Council on 28 June 2021 the Newport Quendon & Rickling Neighbourhood Plan was formally made (the Neighbourhood Plan legislation's term for adopted) by the District Council as part of the Statutory development plan. The Felsted 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.
Press release - Newport, Quendon and Rickling Neighbourhood Plan is formally 'made'.
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