Barnack’s involvement in local planning and development is long-standing. This includes the production of the Village Design Statement in 2001 and publication of the first Parish Plan in 2005. In response to the 2011 Localism Act, Barnack Parish Council decided to revisit these documents, and in 2014 a new Parish Action Plan was drawn up. The Parish Action Plan is reviewed every two years with a hard copy being delivered to every household in the Parish.
In December 2017 Barnack Parish Council held a public meeting to investigate the level of community support for producing a Neighbourhood Plan. In a subsequent poll, 84% of the votes cast were in favour of producing one. In July 2018 the Parish Council decided to go ahead with a Neighbourhood Plan and appointed a Working Group to draft it.
Barnack Neighbourhood Area was formally designated in February 2019, comprising the whole of Barnack Parish excluding Burghley Park and Burghley House.
A draft Neighbourhood Plan emerges
A year’s hard thinking and writing followed, during which the working group organised the 22 objectives into ten policies grouped under four themes, and drafted the policies. Each month, drafts were presented to the Parish Council for approval. A first version of the whole Neighbourhood Plan was finished by January 2020.
In February 2020, Barnack Parish Council launched its required six-week public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan. Unfortunately, this process was overtaken by the COVID-19 emergency and was halted by lock-down. The consultation could not be resumed until September 2020, but this time it lasted for the full six weeks. Small adjustments were made to the Plan and it was presented to Peterborough City Council. Early in 2021, the City Council carried out another six-week public consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Plan.
The final stages
The draft Plan has recently been submitted to an independent Examiner, who checked it for legal compliance and made a recommendation that it should go to referendum, subject to certain minor modifications being made.
Peterborough City Council will shortly organise the referendum. Everyone living in Barnack Neighbourhood Area and on the electoral role is entitled to vote. If the Barnack Neighbourhood Plan gets a majority ‘yes’ vote it will become part of the statutory development plan and thus a key consideration in the determination of planning applications in Barnack..
Margaret Palmer (Chair, Barnack Neighbourhood Plan Working Group)