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Goudhurst


Neighbourhood Plan Proposal

Goudhurst Parish Council submitted the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on 21 December 2020 in accordance with Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

In accordance with Regulation 16 the Borough Council is inviting representations on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan for a six-week period from 9am on Monday 11 January to 5pm on Monday 22 February 2021.

The following documents are available for viewing:

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The submitted Plan, response form and supporting documents can be downloaded from this webpage, or you can view and make comments via the Planning Policy Consultation Portal.

Comments on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan can be submitted to the Borough Council in the following ways:

Following the six-week consultation period, the Borough Council will collate and pass all representations to an independent examiner who will look at them and the Plan documents when assessing whether the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan meets the relevant legislation and can proceed to referendum. In responding to the consultation, you may also request to be notified of the Council’s decision regarding the outcome of the independent examination of the Plan (under Regulation 19 (see Question 2a of the response form).

If the examiner and the Council believe that the Plan meets all the relevant requirements, then a decision will be made to hold a referendum on the Plan, which will allow residents to decide whether the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan should be confirmed and become part of the Development Plan for the borough, carrying relevant legal weight in the determination of planning applications in the parish of Goudhurst.

Further information and background documents on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan are available to view on the Parish Council’s website.

If you require further information on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan consultation process, please contact the Planning Policy Team on 01892 554056 or email neighbourhoodplans@tunbridgewells.gov.uk.

Designation of Goudhurst Parish as a Neighbourhood Area

Goudhurst Parish Council applied to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council for the designation of a neighbourhood area under The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The area proposed covers the whole of the parished area of Goudhurst and is the first step for Goudhurst Parish Council in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan.

The application was approved on 7 November 2016.

The following documents are available for viewing:

Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan consultation

Goudhurst Parish Council started consultation on its draft, ‘Pre-Submission’ Neighbourhood Plan, under Regulation 14, on 5 November 2018, which ran until 14 November 2019.

Copies of the plan were delivered to every property in the parish, and the plan was published on the Parish Council’s website and via ‘drop in’ sessions. This plan is available for viewing here.

For more information on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Plan, please see the Goudhurst Parish Council website.