Scotton Neighbourhood Plan has reached referendum stage at a date to be confirmed. The Government has stated that no neighbourhood plan referendums should be held until May 2021 in response to the COVID-19 situation.
An examination of the plan was carried out by an independent examiner in April/May 2020 by written representations. Subject to a series of recommended modifications set out in their report (see below) the examiner concluded that the examination of the Scotton Neighbourhood Plan had been successful and the plan should proceed to referendum.
West Lindsey District Council has determined that the examiner’s recommended modifications to the Scotton Neighbourhood Plan meet the ‘basic conditions’ as set out in Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. West Lindsey District Council has agreed with Scotton Parish Council that all of recommended modifications made by the independent examiner be included and revised in the original Neighbourhood Plan in order for it to proceed to public referendum.
Given that neighbourhood plan referendums have been delayed, the Government has updated current planning guidance to set out that where a decision statement (see below) has been made detailing the intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum (such as for the Scotton Neighbourhood Plan) that plan can be given significant weight in planning decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.