Decision details

Decision Maker: Corporate Director Planning, Growth and Sustainability

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Decision:

To declare that the whole of Beaconsfield Town Council area has now been designated as a Neighbourhood Area in accordance with Regulation 5A of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 as amended.

Reasons for the decision:

On the 10th September 2020 Beaconsfield Town Council submitted a Neighbourhood Area Application to declare the entire Town Council area as a Neighbourhood Area.
The Beaconsfield Town Council application was submitted under the Regulation 5A inserted into the 2012 Neighbourhood Planning Regulations by regulations which came into force on the 1st October 2016.
The effect of Regulation 5A is that if a parish council (note for the purposes of the regulations Beaconsfield Town Council is a Parish Council) submits a Neighbourhood Area Application to include the whole of its parish area within the Neighbourhood Area the Local Planning Authority (Buckinghamshire Council in this case) has to use its powers under the Act to designate the Neighbourhood Area.
In addition, the regulations state that where a parish has submitted a Neighbourhood Area application to include the whole of its parish in the neighbourhood area that the Local Planning Authority is not required to consult or publicise the Neighbourhood Area Application. Therefore, Buckinghamshire Council has not carried out any publicity of the Neighbourhood Area Application.

Alternative options considered:

Because it is a requirement of the Neighbourhood Planning (England) Regulations 2012 as amended that if a parish council submits a valid application to declare the whole of its parish area as a neighbourhood area the local planning authority has to use its powers to designate the area applied for there are no other alternative options. If the neighbourhood area application had been invalid, then the Council could have rejected it

Wards Affected: Beaconsfield;

Details of any conflict of interest declared: Under the regulations no consultation is required as such not aware of any conflict of interest.

Contact: Steve Bambrick Email: steve.bambrick@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Publication date: 11/11/2020

Date of decision: 09/11/2020

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