EAST MEON NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN
(Updated October 2016)
The period for consultation has now passed and no further comments can be made at this stage. You will find a lot of information using the links below but if you can’t find the answer to a question then please use the email facility on this site and the team would be pleased to respond.
Since 2014 East Meon residents have had their opportunity to have their say on special landscapes, which green and recreation spaces should be preserved, where homes should be built, or not, and other issues. Many volunteers have been involved and the Parish Council as sponsors oversaw a lengthy mandatory process also requiring the plan to be supported by a robust evidence base.
Although an NDP has many components, perhaps not surprisingly housing, landscape and traffic have been the hot topics, with residents asked where their preferred new sites for housing types and density would be. Residents’ meetings have fully supported the need for a NDP and expressed that they would like to see small pockets of development and support for building small homes for couples, young families and older. Given East Meon’s special location all sites have landscape issues, and some more than others. Of the 20 initial sites suggested by residents, owners of 6 sites advised them as unavailable, 9 were subsequently assessed as unsuitable (the criteria were published in the draft plan). This left 5 potential sites for some 15-17 homes.
Although there is no immediate deadline the recent pause in the SDNP Local Plan timetable has allowed more time for what has been a lengthy and sometimes complex process which has to be approached objectively with reference to planning policies/plans and the National Planning Policy Framework in addition to other factors.
- Final Parish Consultation (6 weeks) – now closed.
- All consultation responses from residents, statutory bodies & developers are reviewed and any considered changes made.
- All responses, including changes resulting from the consultation to be posted on the parish web site (late October/early Nov.). All registered users of org.uk will automatically be notified. Leaflets will also be distributed and also check the parish notice boards. For non internet users some copies will also be available in the village shop.
- Submission Draft issued to South Downs National Park for legal and compliance check.
(dates to be advised by SDNP)
- SDNP 6 week further public consultation on NDP Submission Draft.
- Any required changes made.
- SDNP forwards the NDP and any comments received during the consultation to the Independent External Examiner.
- The independent Examiner will assess the plan and comments received during the consultation and prepare a report which sets out any necessary changes.
- SDNP issues decision statement which sets out how any changes proposed by the examiner will be made. The Decision Statement will state that the amended plan can go forward to referendum.
- Parish Referendum (date to be determined/advised by SDNPA in consultation with EHDC)
The question that the referendum has to ask is: “Do you want the South Downs National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood plan for East Meon Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” Anybody registered to vote in the area covered by the East Meon Neighbourhood Plan will be entitled to vote. A simple majority of votes (over 50% of those voting) in favour of our Neighbourhood Plan is sufficient for it to succeed. The date will be decided by EHDC who also pay for the referendum.
To browse the Neighbourhood Plan pages on this website, please click on the picture above.
WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?
The Localism Act, which received Royal Assent on November 15 2011, introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape new development by coming together to prepare Neighbourhood Plans. This is a community-led framework for guiding future development and growth of an area. All Neighbourhood Plans must meet basic conditions and be aligned with the strategic objectives and policies of the South Downs National Park ‘local plan’ and the National Planning Policy Framework.
Note: For the Neighbourhood Plan to be approved it has to be robustly evidence based, credible and consistent and then must be passed by a majority vote at a parish referendum.
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The historic parish of East Meon is located six miles to the west of Petersfield, Hampshire. It lies in a wide valley, bounded on its southern and eastern sides by the South Downs. The River Meon rises from a source to the south of the village and then flows through the village centre.
East Meon was an important Minster and Hundred in Saxon times. Both before and after the Norman Conquest it was a Manor of the Bishops of Winchester, who built the magnificent parish church of All Saints and the mediaeval manor house, The Court House. The village contains a number of ancient hall houses. It was chosen to be the ‘Domesday Village’ in 1986. For information on the history of East Meon click here.