by Ed Dade
Once a Parish Council has finished writing its Neighbourhood Plan, it must submit it to its district or borough council (the local planning authority).
The district council will check the plan meets certain legal requirements. For example, the district council will check if the plan was submitted by the relevant parish council / neighbourhood forum for the neighbourhood area, and whether all the necessary documents have been provided.
The submission documents are:
The district council will then publish the plan, and supporting documents, for a period of at least six weeks. As a minimum, the plan will be published on the Council's website, and the district council will notify any groups and organisations listed in the Consultation Statement.
During the publication period, people can make comments on the plan. The district council will pass any comments it receives to the Independent Examiner for consideration during the examination.