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11th October-Referendum Cancelled

The Norton St Philip Referendum due to take place on 17th October 2019 relating to the adoption of the Norton St Philip Neighbourhood Plan will no longer take place for the following reasons:

  1. The Council must comply the injunction granted on 7th October.
  2. A referendum will not take place on 17th October.
  3. No referendum can take place until a judicial review into the neighbourhood plan is decided.
  4. The council has sought leave to appeal the injunction and is awaiting a decision.

Injunction

The Court judgement to cancel the referendum can be found here:  Icon for pdf Norton St Philip Injunction document [160.59KB]

 

9th October -Injunction

It appears from the link below that Lochailort Investments Ltd have been granted an interim injunction postponing the NP Referendum.

https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/housing-developer-wins-legal-challenge-3405251

This has not been confirmed to us by Mendip DC; we understand however that they will be issuing a statement soon. It will appear on this website as soon as possible after its release.

Referendum Date Set-17th October 

The referendum has now been cancelled. Please see the item for 11th October above.

Mendip Cabinet Meeting 2nd September 

On 2nd September 2019, Mendip District Council’s Cabinet agreed to proceed to referendum on the draft Neighbourhood Plan. As required by the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations a decision statement has been published and can be viewed here.

All the documents relevant to the forthcoming Parish Referendum are available on the NSP NP page of Mendip’s website at https://www.mendip.gov.uk/nortonstphilip

Forthcoming MDC Cabinet Meeting (2nd September)

Following receipt of legal advice, the consideration of whether the NP should proceed to referendum is on the MDC Cabinet Agenda for 2nd September. The Agenda item is here https://www.mendip.gov.uk/media/22842/Item-06a-Norton-St-Philip-Neighbourhood-Plan-Advancement-to-Referendum/pdf/Item_06a_Norton_St_Philip_Neighbourhood_Plan_-_Advancement_to_Referendum.pdf?m=637020821806630000
The summary of the lawyer’s advice is on page 9 but is :
“ The challenge to NSP Neighbourhood Plan on the basis that it fails to meet the basic conditions is unwarranted. Such a challenge is baseless and any judicial review challenge based on this will not have any merit. The recommendation of the Examiner remains sound and Members ought to proceed to referendum.
Mindful of the relevant provisions cited above, and what was recommended by the Examining Inspector as set out below, once the Council is satisfied that the basic conditions have been met, it ought to proceed to a referendum ”.

The note concludes that;

“ In summary , the challenge which seeks to suggest that The Plan fails to meet the basic conditions is unfair and unsustainable. The Examining Inspector in her report stated,

“I am satisfied that the North S t Philip Neighbourhood Development Plan subject to the modifications I have recommended, meets the basic conditions and the other  statutory requirements outlined earlier in this report. I am therefore pleased to recommend to Mendip District Council that, subject to the modifications proposed in this report, the Norton St Philip Neighbourhood Development Plan can proceed to a referendum.”

This is a sound recommendation and Members should follow it.”
 
 
The decision to defer the consideration of the Examiner’s report at last month’s Cabinet was as a result of representations received shortly before the Meeting. These representations were:

 

 

MDC Cabinet Meeting 5th August

Following the Examiner’s report on the Norton St Philip Neighbourhood Plan (‘the NP’), in which she expressed herself satisfied that the NP had met the ‘Basic Conditions’, the NP was considered by Mendip DC’s (MDC) Cabinet on 5 August. The officer recommendation to the Cabinet had been that it should be endorsed and should then proceed to a parish referendum.

During the course of 5 August, MDC received a number of representations, some of which requested that a decision should be deferred pending MDC consideration of issues raised in those representations. MDC then took external legal advice. Following receipt of that advice, MDC officers then recommended the Cabinet to defer a decision until its next meeting on 2 September. The Cabinet accepted that advice and so decided.

The Chairman of the PC, together with Cllr George Hitchins and Mr Ian Hasell (Chairman of the NP Steering Group) attended the meeting. Speaking briefly in the Public Participation session of the meeting, the Chairman said that the PC, noting that consideration of the NP was to be deferred, looked forward to the matter coming back to MDC’s Cabinet at the beginning of September.

 

Independent Examiners report

The Examiner’s Report was received on 19th July 2019. The Examiner recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to Referendum.  As soon as a date for the Referendum is known this page will be updated.

The Examiner’s report can be seen on this page

 

Appointment of Examiner

Mendip DC have appointed an Examiner who will now begin work on an independent examination of the Draft Plan. The Examiner will prepare a report on whether the Draft Plan meets the legal tests required for it to proceed to referendum.  (12th May 2019)

Regulation 16 representations

The documents submitted to MDC together with further information and representations received during the consultation period can be seen here:

Regulation 16 Consultation

A response to the representations received under Reg 16 was submitted to the Examiner by Norton St Philip Parish Council as the Qualifying Body. This response can be seen here

 

Regulation 16

Mendip District Council, being the Local Planning Authority for the parish of Norton St Philip have published the Draft Plan together with supporting documents on their website. The supporting documents include information on how representations may be made before the Draft Plan is submitted for Examination. The period during which representations may be made runs from Friday 1st March 2019 until Friday 12th April 2019.

Regulation 14

The Pre-Submission consultation period ran from 7th December 2018 to 25th January 2019. Copies of the Draft Neighbourhood plan and character Assessment were displayed in the Co-Op, Parish Church, Village Hall, Fleur de Lys and St Leonards Farleigh Hungerford. Every household in the parish had a leaflet delivered which explained the process and contained a survey form. Both the leaflet and survey were available online available online. The link below directs to a page containing further information and representations received during the consultation period:

Reg 14 Consultation