CASSOP CUM QUARRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN 2020-2035
FINAL SUBMISSION AND CONSULTATION
The Parish Council has submitted the final documentation to Durham County Council in support of its Neighbourhood Plan for 2020-2035. The documents submitted can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking the images on the right-hand side of this web page.
Final public consultation begins on January 22nd 2021and ends at 5pm on the 19th March 2021. Details regarding this and further information can be accessed on the County Council website at http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/18184/Neighbourhood-planning-what-s-happening-
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.
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 -
protect the integrity and rural settings of settlements within the Parish,
protect important green spaces,
protect important heritage assets, and
ensure that new development enhances our environment
The Parish Council published a draft of the Neighbourhood Plan called the “Pre-Submission Draft” in August 2020, and during a consultation period of eight weeks invited comments to be submitted from all interested parties. Based upon comments received, the plan was updated and the final document is now being submitted to Durham County Council (December 2020). The Plan can be read and downloaded by clicking the icon on the right entitled ''Cassop-cum Quarrington Neighbourhood Plan 2020-2035'.
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: -
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
To carefully manage new development to ensure that the rural setting around and between settlements is protected and enhanced
To identify, protect and enhance the local green spaces and other valued features of the Parish for the various roles they fulfil
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.