Where and when

Where & When

  We will try to put as much information about where and when things are happening

Look out for updates in the Village magazine


Steering Group Meetings

Notice will  be given here when these will take place


Future events

The draft document is being assessed by the planning department at the moment and will be amended to address any concerns they have regarding any conflict between Bromsgrove policies and the policies of the Alvechurch Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

When the NP has passes all the relevant basic regulation conditions it will then go the main District Council executive committee to be ratified and progressed to an Independent Examiner…prior to examination the Local authority will publicise the NP for a further 6 week consultation.


A summary of the key stages in neighbourhood planning 

Step 1: Designating neighbourhood area and if appropriate neighbourhood forum

  • Relevant body (parish / town council, prospective neighbourhood forum or community organisation) submits an application to the local planning authority (LPA) to designate a neighbourhood area 
  • local planning authority publicises and consults on the area application for minimum 6 weeks (or minimum of 4 weeks where the area to which the application relates is the whole of the area of a parish council and is wholly within the area of one local planning authority) 
  • local planning authority designates a neighbourhood area within the statutory timescales 
  • In an area without a town or parish council a prospective neighbourhood forum submits an application to be the designated neighbourhood forum for a neighbourhood area 
  • local planning authority publicises and consults on the forum application for minimum 6 weeks 
  • local planning authority takes decision on whether to designate the neighbourhood forum

Step 2: Preparing a draft neighbourhood plan or Order

Qualifying body develops proposals (advised or assisted by the local planning authority)

  • gather baseline information and evidence 
  • engage and consult those living and working in the neighbourhood area and those with an interest in or affected by the proposals (e.g. service providers) 
  • talk to land owners and the development industry 
  • identify and assess options 
  • determine whether a plan or an Order is likely to have significant environmental effect
  • start to prepare proposals documents e.g. basic conditions statement

Step 3: Pre-submission publicity & consultation

The qualifying body:

  • publicises the draft plan or Order and invites representations 
  • consults the consultation bodies as appropriate 
  • sends a copy of the draft plan or Order to the local planning authority 
  • where European Obligations apply, complies with relevant publicity and consultation requirements 
  • considers consultation responses and amends plan / Order if appropriate 
  • prepares consultation statement and other proposal documents

Step 4: Submission of a neighbourhood plan or Order proposal to the local planning authority

  • Qualifying body formally submits the plan or Order proposal to the local planning authority
  • Local planning authority checks that submitted proposal complies with all relevant legislation 
  • If the local planning authority finds that the plan or order meets the legal requirements it:
    •  publicises the proposal for minimum 6 weeks and invites representations
    • notifies consultation bodies referred to in the consultation statement
    • appoints an independent examiner (with the agreement of the qualifying body)

Step 5: Independent Examination

  • local planning authority sends plan / Order proposal and representation to the independent examiner 
  • independent examiner undertakes examination 
  • independent examiner issues a report to the local planning authority and qualifying body 
  • local planning authority publishes report 
  • local planning authority considers report and reaches own view (save in respect of community right to build orders where the report is binding) 
  • local planning authority takes the decision on whether to send the plan / Order to referendum

Steps 6 and 7: Referendum and Making the neighbourhood plan or Order (bringing it into force)

  • relevant council publishes information statement 
  • relevant council publishes notice of referendum/s 
  • polling takes place (in a business area an additional referendum is held) 
  • results declared 
  • subject to results local planning authority considers plan / order in relation to EU obligations and Convention rights 
  • If the plan / Order is compatible with EU obligations and does not breach Convention rights – local planning authority makes the plan or Order.