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2.1 A Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for an area and the
planning policies for the use and development of land. It forms
part of the statutory planning framework. The policies and
proposals contained within it will be used as a basis for the
determination of planning applications. The Plan must be in
conformity with the Government's National Planning Policy
Framework and must satisfy the Basic Conditions which are:
2.2 The Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared with regard to the
2012 National Planning Policy Framework
as well as guidance set out in the National Planning Practice
Guidance. The policies in the Neighbourhood Plan are in general
conformity with the strategic policies in the adopted development
plan which consists of the Core Strategy adopted in 2008 and
amended in 2014, the Site Allocations Development Plan Document
(DPD) adopted in 2010 and the Development Policies DPD adopted in
2010 and amended in 2014. Colchester Borough Council is currently
preparing a new Local Plan 2017 - 2033. The general direction and
policies of the emerging Local Plan have also been taken into
account in preparing this Neighbourhood Plan.
2.3 In accordance with the notice given by the Eight Ash Green
Parish Council to the Local Planning Authority on 15th
June 2015, the area contained within the Parish boundary is
designated as the formal Neighbourhood Area. The Parish Council is
able to confirm that this is the only Neighbourhood Plan for the
2.4 A Neighbourhood Plan ensures communities play a greater role
in determining the future of their area. Once it is adopted
following a successful result at a local referendum, it becomes
part of the statutory development plan. Together with the Local
Plan prepared by Colchester Borough Council, the policies in the
Neighbourhood Plan, which relate to the development and use of
land, will provide the statutory basis for the determination of
planning applications (by Colchester Borough Council) in the Eight
Ash Green Neighbourhood Area. Neighbourhood planning policies only
affect development that requires a planning application. The Plan
cannot therefore include policies that fall outside the remit of
planning control. In the course of consulting the residents about
the Neighbourhood Plan, a number of other issues arose that could
not be included in the Plan as planning policies. These are dealt
with in the 'Projects' section of the Neighbourhood Plan and
although policies dealing with these cannot be delivered by a
Neighbourhood Plan, they are considered by the Parish Council as
equally important to pursue.
2.5 In support of the Neighbourhood Plan, there are a number of
documents which are available on line at www.eightashgreen.net.
They include the Project Plan; the Basic Conditions Statement; the
Consultation Statement; the Regulation 14 Process – Consultation –
Outcomes document; the Evidence Base; the Village Settlement
Boundary; the Site Selection process; and the Neighbourhood Plan
Objectives and Policies - Supporting Evidence.
(March 2012) National Planning Policy Framework