The Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum have submitted a draft Neighbourhood Plan for their area. This has been subject to a public consultation, and is now being considered by an Independent Examiner.
The Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum submitted their draft Neighbourhood Plan to the Council on 14 September 2017. The draft Plan sets out a vision and objectives to help shape the future of the area and includes policies which, once the Plan has been 'made', will be used to determine planning applications within the designated Ham and Petersham area.
The Council and the Forum have collectively appointed Mr John Slater BA (Hons) DMS MRTPI to conduct an examination into the draft Neighbourhood Plan to assess whether it meets the required ‘basic conditions’. To do so, he will consider the following ‘submission documents’:
The draft Plan was subject to a public consultation from 6 December 2017 to 26 January 2018. As part of his examination, Mr Slater will also consider all of the representations received during this consultation, which are available to view below:
The Council has provided Mr Slater with a number of additional documents to aid with his examination, such as the borough’s Local Plan. For reference, the Council has produced a complete Index of the Examination and Supporting documents (pdf, 33 KB), which includes links to the relevant web pages where these are available online.
Having completed an initial review of the submission documents, Mr. Slater contacted the Council and the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum, the qualifying body, on 30 April 2018 with number of questions regarding the Plan. This document can be downloaded and viewed:
The Forum and the Council independently provided responses to Mr Slater on 8 May. These can be viewed below:
Following consideration of these responses, Mr Slater contacted the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum on 16 May with the following further query. This query and the Forum’s response are available below:
In this document, the Examiner also makes reference to his concerns that the required screening of the Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) was not carried out in accordance with the legal requirements. Mr Slater took up this issue directly with the Council, who have prepared a new screening report specifically for the purposes of the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Plan. This was submitted to Natural England on 16 May to ensure that they are satisfied with its conclusions. A copy of the HRA Screening Report and Natural England’s response are available to view below. These documents have been submitted to both the Examiner and the Forum.
The examiner will consider both the submission documents and the representations received during the public consultation to assess whether the draft Plan meets the required ‘basic conditions’. He will then submit a report to the Council recommending whether the Plan can proceed to a local referendum, or whether certain modifications need to be made to the Plan before it can proceed to this stage. When the examiner recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to referendum, he must also recommend whether the referendum area should extend beyond the Neighbourhood Area or not.
At the referendum, the Neighbourhood Plan will require a majority 'yes' vote in order for it to be 'made', meaning it is brought into legal force as part of the Borough's statutory development plan. If the Plan is successful at the referendum, it will be used to determine planning applications within the designated Ham and Petersham neighbourhood area.
The Forum held a public consultation on an earlier draft version of the Neighbourhood Plan (Pre-Submission version) for six weeks from 30 January to 10 March 2017. All comments received by the Forum were collated in a summary table and have informed the Submission version.
The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames’ consultation response and subsequent feedback on the Forum’s proposed revisions are recorded in separate documents. These were submitted to the Examiner as appendices to the Forum’s Consultation Statement, and can be viewed below:
Members of the local community in Ham and Petersham applied to Richmond Council to be formally designated as a Neighbourhood Forum and to set the boundary of their Neighbourhood Area in April 2013. A public consultation on the Forum and Area applications took place from 3 May until 14 June 2013.
On 16 January 2014, the Council approved the designation of the Neighbourhood Area and the Neighbourhood Forum.
The approved application and a map of the area in which the neighbourhood planning powers apply can be viewed below.
Download the applications and all relevant information:
In addition, the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and the Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum have agreed and signed a Memorandum of Understanding(pdf, 1175KB) relating to a strategic approach in respect of the Thames Policy Area adjacent to the river.
For further information or if you have any questions or comments, please use the following contact details:
Telephone: 020 8891 1411
Updated: 22 June 2018