CASSOP CUM QUARRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

PRE-SUBMISSION DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

MARCH 2020

 

For the past 4 years, the Parish Council has been preparing a Neighbourhood Plan to guide future development in the Parish. Once adopted, this will be part of the Development Plan for County Durham and must be considered and applied in respect of all planning applications in our Parish. The first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan has now been

completed. Known as the ‘Pre-Submission Draft’, this is being publicised in order to invite comments, as detailed below.

 

Drawing upon comments received from the community, The Neighbourhood Plan has been developed to address issues which are specifically applicable to the area of Cassop cum Quarrington, including policies to -

 

  1. protect the integrity and rural settings of settlements within the Parish,

  2. protect important green spaces,

  3. protect important heritage assets, and

  4. ensure that new development enhances our environment

 

The Parish Council has published a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan called the “Pre-Submission Draft” which was to have been open to public consultation during May and June 2020, however these plans have been overtaken by the significant disruption caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Parish Council believes that it would be inappropriate to be engaging in widespread public consultation during the current crisis and for that reason it has been decided to delay the six weeks statutory consultation period until later in the year.

In the meantime, the Plan is available to read and/ or download - simply click on the icon on the right.  

 

SUMMARY OF THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN’S PROPOSALS

 

The final content of the Neighbourhood Plan has been guided by two overriding aims:

1) to focus upon issues which represent the greatest priority to address (as identified in public feedback during preparation of the Plan);

2) to ensure that the issues are those can be meaningfully addressed through the Plan.

 

These are encompassed in the Plan’s overall Vision, its 3 Objectives and its 4 Policies, which collectively set out a clear

framework for these priorities, which are:

  • to safeguard the rural settings of our rapidly growing main settlements,

  • to identify and protect valued environmental assets,

  • to ensure new development contributes to making our built-up environment more attractive, appealing and successful for those that live and work here.

 

The Plan’s Vision, Objectives and Policies are summarised here: -

 

Vision

Our vision is to tangibly improve the Parish as a place to live and work. The rural setting around and between our settlements will be protected and enhanced, together with the local green spaces and valued assets within the Parish

 

Objective 1

To carefully manage new development to ensure that the rural setting around and between settlements is protected and enhanced

 

Objective 2

To identify, protect and enhance the local green spaces and other valued features of the Parish for the various roles they fulfil

 

Objective 3

To ensure that any new development in the Parish is carefully designed to enhance the quality of the environment’

In order to implement the above vision and objectives, the Plan contains the following policies:

 

POLICY CCQ1 - PROTECTED RURAL SETTINGS

This Policy seeks to protect the rural setting around the major built-up areas of Bowburn and Parkhill

 

POLICY CCQ2 – LOCAL GREEN SPACES

This Policy identifies 17 sites throughout the Parish that warrant special protection. By designating them as “Local Green Space”, they will receive protection similar to that enjoyed by Green Belt land

 

POLICY CCQ3 - LOCALLY VALUED HERITAGE ASSETS

This Policy identifies 6 assets of local historical interest for special protection.

 

POLICY CCQ4 – ACHIEVING BEAUTIFUL AND SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT

This Policy seeks to build on the National Design Guide to enhance the quality of the built environment of the Parish.

 

YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THE CASSOP CUM QUARRINGTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

 

During the six weeks consultation period you will be invited to submit your comments in writing, should you wish to do so either by:

- posting your comments into the ‘NP Comments’ boxes at either Bowburn or Cassop Community Centres, or

- emailing your comments to the Council at ccqneighbourhood@gmail.com or to the Clerk at gilliankelly.ccqparish@yahoo.com, or

- completing the contact form on the Parish website at: https://www.ccqparishcouncil.org/form__map, or

- posting your comments to the Parish Council Clerk at: CCQ Parish Council, Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn. DH6 5AT

 

Should you have any queries you are welcome to contact the council at the email addresses mentioned above, or in writing to the Parish Clerk at the postal address. Further details and confirmation of the official consultation period starting will be released when available.

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