Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
The Cabinet was invited to agree that the Meriden Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan can be ‘made’ following a successful referendum.
Members were advised that a referendum was held on 6 May 2021, and those residents who were eligible to vote were asked to answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the following question as set out in the regulations:
Do you want Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Meriden Parish to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood Area?
The Regulations required that if the majority of those who voted in the referendum were in favour of the neighbourhood plan, then the neighbourhood plan must be ‘made’ (i.e. formally adopted as part of the statutory development plan for the Borough) by the Local Planning Authority within 8 weeks.
The turnout in the Neighbourhood Area for the referendum was 36.6%. The referendum result showed clear support for the Neighbourhood Plan with a total of 756 votes cast in favour and 127 votes against. That equated to 83.3% voting ‘yes for the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
The Regulations state that a neighbourhood plan comes into force as part of the statutory development plan immediately after it had been approved at referendum, whether it is ‘made’ or not. However, it must be formally ‘made’ by the local planning authority within 8 weeks.
On receiving the report Members once again recognised the work done by the Parish Council and local communities to develop the plan. It was also recognised the support and work Officers do to make sure plans are aligned to the Council’s Local Plan.
(i) That the result of the Meriden Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan Referendum held on 6 May 2021 be noted;
(ii) That as a result of a successful referendum, the Neighbourhood Development Plan now forms part of the Borough’s statutory Development Plan be noted; and
(iii) That it be agreed that, in accordance with the statutory requirements, the Meriden Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan be formally ‘made’.
Report author: Joanne Wort
Publication date: 18/06/2021
Date of decision: 17/06/2021
Decided at meeting: 17/06/2021 - Cabinet
Effective from: 26/06/2021