This report sought approval to publish the draft Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Neighbourhood Plan for formal consultation and to arrange an independent examination, in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning regulations. The draft Neighbourhood Plan had been prepared by Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council and had been submitted to Medway Council as the local planning authority to progress through to adoption.
The report advised that Cliffe and Cliffe Woods had been the first Neighbourhood Area designated in Medway, in 2015, for the purpose of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. Further plans were in preparation for High Halstow, Arches (Chatham) and Hoo St Werburgh, while Frindsbury Extra Parish Council was anticipated to start work shortly.
A Diversity Impact Assessment (DIA) had been completed in relation to the Plan, as set out in Appendix 5 to the report.
The Cabinet approved the publication of the Submission Draft Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Neighbourhood Plan (as set out at Appendix 1), for an eight week period of formal consultation.
The Cabinet approved that the draft Neighbourhood Plan be sent to independent examination, following the completion of the consultation.
To meet the requirements of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) to progress the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan for Cliffe and Cliffe Woods.