The Government encourages town and parish councils to produce their own Neighbourhood Plans enabling local people to have a say in how their neighbourhood grows and develops. In 2016 the Town Council agreed to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan. Since then a Working Group of volunteer residents has undertaken surveys and consultations.
Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Plan finished on 4th January 2021, having been extended becuase of the COVID-19 restrictions
We are reviewing the comments received, will make any necessary amendments to the Plan and then submit it to Colchester Borough Council in order that it can proceed to examination and referendum next year (~May 2021).
The Neighbourhood Plan preparation process includes a number of stages that have to be completed before the Plan is adopted. These are:
1 – Designation of Neighbourhood Area
In 2016, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations, Colchester Borough Council
formally designated the whole parish as a Neighbourhood Plan Area
2 – Information Gathering
Surveys and consultation events
3 – Pre-Submission Consultation on Draft Plan
This is the stage we’ve now reached
4 – Submission of Plan to Colchester Borough Council – Early 2021
5 – Further Consultation by Colchester Borough Council - Early 2021
6 – Independent Examination of Plan - Spring 2021
7 – Referendum - Subject to the stages above and potential COVID-19 restrictions
8 – Making (adoption) of Plan by Colchester Borough Council - at a Borough Local Plan committee meeting
West Mersea Town Council has agreed to prepare a neighbourhood plan. A working group of volunteers has undertaken surveys and consultation.