A Neighbourhood Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan for Riding Mill

Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council is considering whether to prepare a neighbourhood plan for the parish. Neighbourhood Plans were introduced by the Localism Act and can be a powerful tool for communities to have their say over how and where they want development in their areas to take place. As well as directing development, they can also identify and protect things which are important to the community, such as local green space, community facilities or heritage. Once a neighbourhood plan is brought into force, it will be used to help determine planning applications in the area it covers.

In Northumberland, neighbourhood plans are created by parish or town councils and set out planning policies for the development and use of land in their area. These can be either general or site-specific policies but cannot block development already agreed through the Northumberland Local Plan.

The Neighbourhood plan process

The process of preparing a neighbourhood plan is set out in legislation and there are a number of steps that a plan must go through for it to be ‘made’ (brought into legal force). These are set out below:

  • Stage one: area designation
    Neighbourhood planning activity can only take place in areas specifically designated ‘neighbourhood areas’. The Parish Council must submit an area designation application to the County Council.
  • Stage two: preparing a neighbourhood plan
    The way in which neighbourhood plans are prepared will be decided by the Parish Council. In most cases, a steering group will be established to lead preparation of the plan. This would typically involve: gathering information about the neighbourhood area and engaging with the community to identify local aspirations and priorities; identifying a vision for the neighbourhood area;  setting out a clear purpose for a plan including identifying objectives to be achieved through the plan; and drafting planning policies to help deliver the objectives of the plan

Once prepared, the draft plan must be subject to a six-week period of consultation. This will include consulting national bodies as set out in legislation.

Following the consultation period, all comments received must be considered and any amendments thought to be necessary must be made to the plan before it is submitted to the County Council.

  • Stage three: submit the plan
    Once the plan has been submitted to the County Council, it will be checked to make sure it meets legal requirements.

This information will be publicised for a minimum of six weeks and any comments submitted will be sent directly to an independent examiner.

  • Stage four: independent examination
    The independent examination will consider whether the plan meets a set of ‘basic conditions’ set out in legislation. They will produce a report detailing their findings and make recommendations about the draft plan including whether it should be put to referendum in the local area.
  • Stage five: referendum

The County Council will publish the examiner’s report and, where recommended, will organise a local referendum. For the plan to be adopted, it must receive majority support from the local community. If more than 50% vote in favour, the County Council must bring it into force.

The Parish Council is keen to find out if any members of the community would be keen to get involved, whether it’s getting involved in consultation with the community, coming up with ideas of what we would like to see in the Plan, or even helping write the plan itself.

There are already a number of successful Neighbourhood Plans in Northumberland and preparing a plan for Riding Mill could be a real opportunity to try to shape the area for the future.

For more information or to register your interest, please contact Catherine Harrison, the Parish Clerk, via email: ridingmillclerk@gmail.com

Parish Council Meeting – Monday 14th September 2020

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 14th September 2020 at 7.45 p.m.

This meeting will now be held on Zoom only (no physical meeting will be held at the Parish Hall as previously advertised).

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.

To view the supporting papers please click below:

Paper A – amended

Paper B

Paper C

To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held on Monday 13th July 2020, please click here.

County Councillor Anne Dale will take questions from 7.15 pm and questions to the Council will be taken from 7.30 – 7.45 pm.  In case of technical difficulties with Zoom, it would be helpful if anyone wishing to speak during the public question and answer session could notify the the Clerk in advance and not later than 12 noon on Monday 14th September.  Anyone asking a question much clearly identify themselves on Zoom.

Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting on Monday are given below or can be found on the agenda.  Alternatively, please contact the Clerk informing her you wish to observe the meeting and she will send you the link (ridingmillclerk@gmail.com).

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FOLD HOUSE PLANNING APPLICATION

Proposal to build a house on land south of Church Lane – Application number 20/01932/FUL

FOLD HOUSE

The planning application for Fold House is now available online.

To view the application please click on the following link and search using the application number above:

https://publicaccess.northumberland.gov.uk/online-applications/

The Parish Council does have one paper copy of the application and if you are unable to view it online please contact the Clerk (682348) to arrange to borrow the documents for a period of 24 hours.

We would encourage people to respond with valid planning framework comments (see below), and if you would like to submit anything by way of a response, either in support or objection, then you should comment in the following ways:

  • via the planning portal website as detailed above
  • by sending an email to planningcomments@northumberland.gov.uk
  • by writing to The Planning Department (West Area Team), Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF

Comments should be received by Wednesday 26th August although we understand that there is a little flexibility with that date should residents be away.

Please note: The Parish Council has been given an extension and is able to submit its comments on 15th September following the Parish Council meeting on Monday 14th September when it will be discussed.

 

NOTES TAKEN FROM NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY COUNCIL’S WEBSITE

GROUND FOR OBJECTION OR SUPPORT

The council can only take land use planning issues into account when it makes a decision on an application. These will vary depending on the proposal and the site circumstances, but may include:

  • The council’s planning policies
  • Central government planning guidance
  • The size, appearance, layout and density of the proposed development
  • Daylight, sunlight and overshadowing
  • Overlooking or loss of privacy
  • Means of access, parking, servicing, traffic generation, highway safety
  • Impact on landscape and ecological habitats
  • Effect on listed buildings, conservation areas and archaeology
  • Noise and disturbance
  • Air quality and odours
  • Contamination
  • Flood risk
  • Renewable energy, sustainability of proposed development
  • Crime prevention and community safety

The following are matters which the council cannot take into account, these include:

  • Private property matters such as boundary and access disputes, rights to light, restrictive covenants, capacity of private drains, damage to property during construction
  • Effects on property value
  • Trade competition
  • Loss of view
  • Building regulations matters such as structural safety and fire prevention and matters covered by other laws such as alcohol or gaming licences
  • The applicant’s personal conduct, history or motives

 

Annual Parish Meeting 2020

Unfortunately, it was not possible to hold the annual Parish Meeting this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The annual Parish Meeting allows various organisations in the village to update parishioners about their activities and plans.  These organisations have still prepared their reports and they can be read by clicking on the links below:

Parish Council – report by Cllr. Andy Dunhill

Village Hall Trust – report by Janet Padgett

Broomhaugh First School – report by Jennifer Ainsley

County Council – report by Cllr. Anne Dale 

 

Meeting of the Parish Council – Monday 13th July 2020

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 13th July 2020 at 7.45 p.m.

This meeting will be a hybrid meeting.  Councillors have the choice of attending in person at the Parish Hall, Millfield Road or online via Zoom.  Due to the need for social distancing, 10 residents can observe the meeting in person by booking a place with the Clerk (ridingmillclerk@gmail.com/682348) or alternatively residents may observe the meeting via Zoom.

For a copy of the agenda, please click here.  The agenda displays the link to the Zoom meeting or alternatively, if you contact the Clerk, she will email the link.  To view a copy of the draft Minutes from the meeting held 8th June 2020, please click here.

Questions to the Council will be taken from 7.30 – 7.45 pm.  It would be helpful to receive these in advance in case of technical difficulties with Zoom.  Please therefore email any questions to the Clerk by 12 noon on Monday 13th July.  Questions to County Councillor Anne Dale should also be emailed to the Clerk who will forward them to Councillor Dale and she will respond directly to the resident.

* Notice of Vacancy in Office of a Councillor *

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF A COUNCILLOR

BROOMHAUGH & RIDING PARISH COUNCIL

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Janet Padgett formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.

If, within 14 days (*) after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 6th July 2020), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to The Returning Officer, Elections Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF by TEN electors for the Parish (Ward), an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

By virtue of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 if a by election is requested this will not take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the next election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date of the Ordinary Election of Councilors due to be held on 6 May 2021.  However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances.  Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

Dated: 16th June 2020

Catherine Harrison

Clerk to Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council

 

(*) In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.

Notice of Vacancy in Office of a Councillor

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF A COUNCILLOR

 

PARISH OF BROOMHAUGH & RIDING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

Pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972, that Janet Padgett formerly a Member of the above named Parish Council, has ceased to be a Member of the Parish Council, and that a vacancy now exists in the office of Councillor for the Parish.

If, within 14 days (*) after the date of this notice (i.e. no later than 6th July 2020), a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made to The Returning Officer, Elections Office, Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF by TEN electors for the Parish (Ward), an election will be held to fill the vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

By virtue of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 if a by election is requested this will not take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the next election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by election to take place on the date of the Ordinary Election of Councilors due to be held on 6 May 2021.  However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances.  Any election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

 

Dated: 16th June 2020

Catherine Harrison

Clerk to Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council

 

(*) In computing any period of time for this purpose, a Saturday or Sunday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a bank holiday or day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning must be disregarded.

Meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 8th June 2020

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council via Zoom on

Monday 8th June at 7.30 pm.

This will be the first formal electronic meeting so please bear with us if there are any IT problems.  Parishioners are welcome to observe although they may not ask questions either before or during the meeting. Instead, please email any questions to ridingmillclerk@gmail.com by 12 noon on Monday 8th June and these will be answered during the meeting.  Questions for County Councillor Anne Dale should also be emailed to the Clerk who will forward them to Councillor Dale and she will reply directly to the resident.

For a copy of the agenda please click here.  You can also download a copy of the draft Minutes from the previous meeting by clicking here.

To view a copy of the Income and Expenditure Summary from 2019/20, please click here.

 

Instructions for joining the Zoom meeting on Monday are given below or can be found on the agenda.  Alternatively, please contact the Clerk informing her you wish to observe the meeting and she will send you the link (ridingmillclerk@gmail.com).

Topic: Broomhaugh & Riding Parish Council Meeting
Time: Jun 8, 2020 07:15 PM London

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Video conference meeting of the Parish Council

It has been agreed to hold a meeting of the Parish Council via Zoom on Monday 8th June at 7.45 pm.

This will be the first formal electronic meeting so please bear with us if there are any IT problems.  Parishioners are welcome to observe although they may not ask questions either before or during the meeting. Instead, please email any questions to ridingmillclerk@gmail.com by 12 noon on Monday 8th June and these will be answered during the meeting.  Questions for County Councillor Anne Dale should also be emailed to the Clerk who will forward them to Councillor Dale and she will reply directly to the resident.

An agenda will be displayed on this site by Wednesday 3rd June which will include the link and meeting password for Zoom.

May meetings – Postponed

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Parish Council’s Annual General Meeting (Monday 11th May) and the annual Parish Meeting (Thursday 14th May) have been postponed.  The Parish Council is exploring the possibility of holding electronic meetings and once a date for the next meeting has been agreed, details will be published on the website and notice board.

If in the meantime you have any issues you wish to raise with the Council, please contact the Clerk at ridingmillclerk@gmail.com

 

 

Fold House, Church Lane, Riding Mill

Some people in the village have now received correspondence relating to a consultation for the proposed new ‘country house’ on the edge of the village south of Church Lane & Long Rigg. The planning consultants, Cundall Johnson, “have tried to focus the letter drop towards the residents around Church Lane and those that may be able to view the site from their properties although due to the topography of the site we expect those able to view the dwelling itself will be limited.” A copy of the letter has been placed on the Parish Hall notice board in the village.

This online consultation, in lieu of a face to face meeting due to Covid 19, is to provide feedback from the village in order to provide a Statement of Community Involvement which will be included in the planning application. All residents are encouraged to comment on the online feedback form on

https://fold-house.com/

Should any resident wish to comment and not have access to the internet the planning consultant’s details (Cundall Johnson) are on the Parish Hall noticeboard and they will provide paper copies on request.

In order to be able to provide an informed comment, please note that planning permission for a single dwelling within the green belt can be granted but only if it complies with the conditions of paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). as follows:

“Planning policies and decisions should avoid the development of isolated homes in the countryside unless one or more of the following circumstances apply:

  1. a)  there is an essential need for a rural worker, including those taking majority control of a farm business, to live permanently at or near their place of work in the countryside;
  2. b)  the development would represent the optimal viable use of a heritage asset or would be appropriate enabling development to secure the future of heritage assets;
  3. c)  the development would re-use redundant or disused buildings and enhance its immediate setting;
  4. d)  the development would involve the subdivision of an existing residential dwelling; or
  5. e)  the design is of exceptional quality, in that it:

–  is truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture, and would help to raise standards of design more generally in rural areas; and

–  would significantly enhance its immediate setting, and be sensitive to the defining characteristics of the local area.”

Comments at this stage are for the designers and their consultants. Planning permission has not yet been applied for. When it has, comments should be made on the NCC web site.

The Parish Council (PC) has no powers to approve or otherwise the planning application when it is made. The PC is only able to make informed comments in the same manner as individuals.

 

Broomhaugh and Riding Parish Council

9th April 2020