CASSOP CUM QUARRINGTON PARISH COUNCIL

PRE-SUBMISSION DRAFT NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

JULY 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 were overtaken by the significant disruption caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

As elements of the lock down have begun to be eased The Council has decided to proceed with the public consultation with some minor adjustments which are listed at the end of the page.

The Plan is now 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

In accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, the Parish Council are undertaking a formal ‘Pre-Submission’ Consultation on the Plan, during which time comments are being invited upon its proposals.

 

This consultation period will last for 8 weeks and will run from Monday 20th July to Monday 14th September 2020. 

 

For further details, and to view a copy of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan, please click on the icon at the top right of this page

 

A copy of the Plan is also available on the County Council’s website:

http://www.durham.gov.uk/article/18184/Neighbourhood-planning-what-s-happening-

 

All comments on the Neighbourhood Plan should be made in writing. You can send your comments, by email to:

•         ccqneighbourhood@gmail.com

Or alternatively they can be posted to:

•         CCQ Parish Council, Neighbourhood Plan, Durham Rd, Bowburn, Durham DH6 5AT.

 

Given the current restrictions connected to Covid 19, the County Council can help with the collection of written comments for those who are shielding and unable to leave the house to post them. Please get in touch with the Parish Council (contact details below) if you wish to access this service, or if you wish to request a hard copy of the Neighbourhood Plan document.

 

Finally, if you have any queries regarding the Plan, you can contact the Parish Council either at ccqneighbourhood@gmail.com or by telephone on 07834 363444

 

Please note that comments should be received no later than 5pm on Monday 14th September 2020

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