The Planning Process

Step 1:  Designate Neighbourhood Area

As a parished community, the team proposes that the whole of the East Meon parish be designated as the neighbourhood area for the purposes of the plan.  This includes the hamlet of Frogmore and outlying areas such as Leydene and local farmsteads.

Step 2:  Prepare Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The Leadership Group will work with the Steering Group which shall be the Parish Council along with the parish residents, SDNP and county officials, as well as independent planning consultants to create a draft plan for publication.

Residents of East Meon are encouraged to participate in the planning process; it is our objective to keep the community fully informed of what is proposed and to provide opportunities for residents to voice their opinions throughout the process.

It is particularly important that residents are made aware of issues as they arise and key decisions as they are made.  These will be discussed in community meetings; outside of formal sessions, interested parties can reference the EMNP website for the latest updates.

Step 3:  Pre-submission Publicity & Consultations

The draft neighbourhood plan is required to be publicized for at least six weeks prior to formal submission to the local planning authority.  During this time, consultation with Parish residents will occur.  This can also include, government agencies, public works departments, and local developers.

 Updates will be made to the draft plan as appropriate during this time.

Step 4:  Submit Plan to Local Planning Authority

Once the draft plan is complete and has been sufficiently publicised, the local planning authority will review the plan to make sure it is consistent with the SDNPA local plan and also complies with regulatory statutes.

 If the planning authority agrees that all requirements have been met, it will then publicise the plan for a minimum of six weeks for additional comments from interested parties.  An independent examiner will be appointed for the next stage in the process

Step 5:  Independent Examination

The Independent Examination is a process by which it is determined if a plan meets the basic conditions for referendum.  These conditions include:

  • Does it appropriately consider national policies and guidance as set forth by the Secretary of State?

  • Does it appropriately consider the preservation of listed buildings or any features of special historical or architectural interest?

  • Does it appropriately make consideration for sustainable development?

  • Is it in general compliance with applicable local plans?

  • Is it in compliance with EU obligations?

A report will be compiled and submitted to the local planning authority for review.  The planning authority will review the report and determine if the plan should be set forth for referendum.

Note that the independent examination is not a review of the soundness of the policies contained within the plan; ultimately, this determination is made by the referendum voters.

Step 6:  Referendum

A referendum vote on the proposed plan will be held after approval to proceed is granted by the planning authority.  Those eligible to vote in the referendum are individuals who meet the criteria to vote in a local election and also live in the referendum area.

If approved (50% of votes counted),  the East Meon Neighbourhood Plan will be adopted  by the South Downs National Park as part of their planning policy.