Woore Neighbourhood Plan
The emerging Woore Neighbourhood Plan has reached the examination stage. The plan is being prepared by Woore Parish Council.
Woore Parish Council submitted a draft version of the plan to us in May 2018. We then consulted on the draft version (known as the Regulation 16 stage) in June 2018. We received a number of representations to the draft, which are attached to this page. The draft version and associated documents are also included on this page. Please note that the consultation has now closed and we're not accepting any further comments.
We've appointed John Parmiter as the independent examiner for the plan. It's the role of the examiner to assess the plan and to decide if it has met the basic conditions and can proceed to a referendum.
Mr Parmiter will rely on the submission plan and other supporting documentation in his examination, together with the representations that were made to it.
Mr Parmiter will prepare his written report into the plan in the next few weeks. If he considers that it has met the basic conditions, or is capable of doing so with some amendments, the plan will proceed to a referendum. If the plan is agreed at referendum we'll proceed to agreeing it, at which point it will become part of the statutory development plan for the area. More information on the referendum will follow.
Update on the Woore examination
John Parmiter, the independent examiner appointed currently assessing the Woore Neighbourhood Plan, has informed us that the plan should be informed by a habitat regulation assessment (HRA) screening assessment. Whilst the impact upon environmental assets has been considered as part of the SEA screening assessment carried out by Woore Parish Council as part of their preparation of the plan, it is now considered necessary for us, as the responsible body, to undertake a specific HRA screening assessment to provide further certainty about the plan’s likely impacts on protected sites.
Mr Parmiter has therefore agreed to suspend the examination for a short period to allow us to undertake this process. An HRA screening assessment has therefore been prepared and is being consulted until Friday 7 December.
Following the consultation we'll consider any comments made and adjust the assessment if required. The final version of the assessment will then be sent to Mr Parmiter for his consideration, after which he will finalise his report. It's likely therefore that the examination process will be concluded by mid-December.