Last month the Neighbourhood Planning Group and the Parish Council approved the latest version of the draft Plan. Since then, Thanet’s new draft Local Plan has been published to include modifications proposed by government inspectors and considered by Thanet District Council’s Cabinet. Their Plan will be subject to further scrutiny with final adoption likely to be in July, but it will then be subject to another review over the following six months. The Neighbourhood Plan has, therefore, been updated to make sure that references to the policies contained in the published Local Plan are correct.
The draft Neighbourhood Plan has been sent to a local examiner for comment, but this does not form part of the formal consultation process. It should just help to us to make sure that the Plan has been properly drafted and can go forward to the formal consultation stage.
The coronavirus will impact on our planned timetable as the government has issued new Regulations that prohibit the holding of a referendum until May 2021. This means that the date for holding the Neighbourhood Plan referendum will be deferred from late 2020 until May 2021. It also means that we will need to work closely with Thanet District Council planning officers so that any modifications to the Local Plan over the period July 2020 to January 2021 are reflected in the Neighbourhood Plan. We will also want to ensure that our draft policies carry some weight in the planning process even though our referendum has been delayed.
Information about the next stage of consultations will be published in due course.