West Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan

[estimated] Ended on the 5 March 2019
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11. Statutory and Non-Statutory Aspects

11.1 Components of the Neighbourhood Plan

It is realised that Neighbourhood Plans although part of the planning system must also inspire the wider community, and so each of our strategy elements has been examined in terms of how it affects three important aspects:

  • Matters affecting land use: aspects of the plan which change "place" through new land uses are a statutory planning matter in the main and so these are shown on our plans and maps and articulated in each section.
  • Matters which may or may not affect land use but which certainly require formal discussion are covered by the Planning Policies, again articulated in each section.
  • Projects and Initiatives: those activities which are largely Community Ambitions are listed in each section separately.

This Neighbourhood Plan will thus contain development and use of land policies, but that, as part of that process and through engaging with the community, many other matters have emerged and these are captured as Community Ambitions.

11.2 How the Plan takes the strategy in action

In the chapters that follow each of the elements is examined to ascertain what Planning Policies are needed to guide either development proposals or what Community Ambitions are needed to bring about improvements to people or place aspects where the emphasis is what the community can achieve in concert with others rather than with developers.

In ascertaining the policy basis, the following thought process has been employed:




What the base line situation is. This evidence base is crucial to understand the starting point for assessing needs. The evidence comes from a number of sources:

  • Databases, inventories and reports already in existence and readily available.
  • Surveys which have been undertaken during the Neighbourhood Plan's production, these may be factual or public perceptions.


With the evidence base established the Strategy then passes through the following stages:

  • Define issues & opportunities
  • Define options
  • Define priorities


Produce a robust set of policies. There will be two types of policy

  • Planning Policy and/or
  • Community Ambition

* See SWOTs under each Policy section

11.3 Sources of Information

The Plan is evidence led, through each stage. In order to signpost and document the route, the following reports and summaries are available in the Appendix 2 to the Neighbourhood Plan document. These are listed below under the same headings of the table:




Baseline Information

West Bergholt Village Appraisal 1998

Parish Plan 2008

Village Design Statement 2009

RCCE Community Profile of West Bergholt

West Bergholt Position Statement

Consultation Report 2018 (Baseline Surveys)

Other useful background evidence


Opportunities, Options and Priorities

Consultation Report 2018 (Issues and Options)

West Bergholt Housing Needs Survey 2015

Housing Sites Allocation Appraisal 2018

Emerging Infrastructure Priorities


Compliance and Policy Formulation

Consultation Report 2018 (Draft Neighbourhood Plan)

Consultation Report for Reg 15/16 (incorporates responses to Reg 14 consultation) 2018

Basic Condition Statement 2018

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