CASSOP CUM QUARRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN 2020-2035

FINAL SUBMISSION, CONSULTATION, AND EXAMINATION

Following the submission by Cassop cum Quarrington Parish Council of all documentation relating to its Neighbourhood Plan, Durham County Council conducted an eight weeks period of consultation beginning on January 22nd 2021.

Thereafter the County Council appointed an External Inspector to examine the updated plan, and the Examiner's response in June 2021 contained a number of recommended modifications. Those modifications have been made and the final version of the plan which will go to a referendum was submitted to the County Council on the 24th June 2021.

On the 14th July Durham County Council agreed to the modifications made by Cassop cum Quarrington Parish Council and the date for referendum is now confirmed as being 23rd September 2021.

The documents submitted, and the decision by Durham County Council to proceed with the referendum can be viewed and/or downloaded by clicking the images on the right-hand side of this web page. A full description of the meeting and decision can be viewed here: https://democracy.durham.gov.uk/ieDecisionDetails.aspx?Id=18535&LLL=0

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.

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