The purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) - in our case the Ivers Parish NP - is to set out the vision of the strategies and policies for the future development of the Neighbourhood. This plan has meaning in law and must be consulted and referred to in any future proposed developments.
The importance of a Neighbourhood Plan has long been recognised by the IHRA and is the reason why our consultations during 2018/19 were carried out and our Iver Heath Village Plan was published in June 2019. This report was presented to and acknowledged by South Bucks District Council, The Ivers Parish Council and recently by the consultants who are advising the IPC in drawing up the Neighbourhood Plan for the Ivers. Needless to say, we're keen to see all the "objectives" as set out in our Village Plan to be eventually reflected as "policy" within a draft Neighbourhood Plan.
Meanwhile the recently formed Unitary Authority, Buckinghamshire Council, is bringing forward its own Buckinghamshire plan. This, in our view, makes the need for a Neighbourhood Plan even more important.
To date we have attended two Zoom meetings (via the internet) of the Ivers Parish Council Neighbourhood Planning Sub-Committee on behalf of our members and Iver Heath residents. We are pleased to confirm that IPC has appointed Planning Consultants Oneill Homer to help deliver the Neighbourhood Plan for the Ivers. They have done a great job for the residents in Denham who reached the pre-application consultation stage in July.
As agreed with IPC, IHRA has set up a Task Team to assist in the consultation of residents and to support the IPC in formulating a Neighbourhood Plan. The other two Residents’ Associations for Iver and Richings Park are setting up their own Task Teams so that the consultations are carried out across the whole Parish.
We are awaiting a briefing document from IPC with clearly agreed and defined roles and responsibilities and a defined process to deliver this outcome in the best interests of residents of the whole Parish.
Having a sound Neighbourhood Plan, as Cllr. Wendy Matthews, Chair of IPC, has stated in the past is "a once in a lifetime opportunity" for Ivers’ residents and we have made clear that IHRA is 100% committed to helping shape a representative and robust Neighbourhood Plan.
We will keep members and residents posted as the Plan progresses.
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