April 2017 update
The South Downs National Park (SDNPA) 6-week consultation concluded in early March, during which time their planning committee members also visited East Meon. Subsequently, at their 8th March monthly meeting in Midhurst the committee approved the NDP, with minor changes, for submission to the independent Examiner.
The examiner will now consider responses, the NDP’s underlying evidence base and the four primary documents submitted;
- The Neighbourhood Development Plan
- The Village Design, supporting the NDP
- The Consultation Statement
- Basic Conditions Statement (compliances)
All these documents are available to view at www.eastmeon.org.uk
It is anticipated that the ‘examination’ will be concluded by the end of May when the Parish Council will make any further required or suggested changes as a pre-requisite for the final version of the NDP to be approved for a residents’ referendum. The date for this is decided by East Hampshire District Council and will be advised when known, but could conceivably be late summer.
The Plan has now been submitted to the South Downs National Park (SDNPA)
Here’s what happens next….
- The SDNPA will now hold their own 6 week public consultation, commencing on 27th January 2017. This consultation is open to the public and all relevant statutory bodies.
If you wish to submit comments to the SDNPA go to their website; https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning/neighbourhood-development-plans/east-meon-neighbourhood-plan/
- After the SDNPA consultation process, an Independent Examiner will determine any further required changes, prior to approving the Neighbourhood Plan for a residents’ referendum which is organised and paid for by our local planning authority. (probably unlikely before June)
- The referendum question is simply;
“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?”
Building upon the 2013 updated parish plan, since 2014, East Meon residents have had further opportunities to have their say on our landscape and green spaces, where homes should be built or not, and other issues affecting development in the village. Although a neighbourhood development plan (NDP) has many components, perhaps not surprisingly housing, landscape and traffic have again been the topics most frequently raised by residents. Residents have been asked where their preferred new sites for housing types and what they should look like.
The importance of the NDP has been to select the most sustainable sites for development and to ensure the policy framework will mitigate the impact on the landscape setting to an acceptable level and ensure the form, layout, housing density of these sites will form locally distinctive development clusters reflecting the character of the village and the National Park.
To access please click on;
- Neighbourhood Plan (includes links to supporting evidence bases)
- Pattern Book
- Responses to Consultation
Other Useful Links:
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.