Communities can now prepare neighbourhood plans to influence the future of their areas. These allow communities to set out their vision for their local area and general planning policies to guide development in their neighbourhood.
We realise that neighbourhood planning and the rules that communities need to follow can be complex so we have prepared a protocol to help communities decide whether to get involved in neighbourhood planning and help them in preparing a plan if they do.
You should contact us before the submission of details about the plan area and forum.
As part of preparing a neighbourhood plan, you will need to collect facts and figures about your area. Facts and figures can be found by visiting the Humber Data Observatory.
Neighbourhood plans progress
Neighbourhood plans are being produced in Hull, in a way that helps local communities deliver local projects and proposals. This includes at Thornton, but this plan was rejected at the referendum. In Newington part of the city a plan is being progressed by the local Forum, with the support and involvement of the local community and groups. A link to the Forum website
Newington neighbourhood plan
An application was made by the Newington Area community representatives requesting the agreement of the Council to designate the Newington Neighbourhood Area and a constituted Neighbourhood Forum, agreed in July 2015. Given the pandemic and legal requirements about the life of the Forum it was agreed by the Council to re-designate it in September 2021.
The Neighbourhood Forum brought forward their proposal to establish the Newington Neighbourhood Plan. This was subject to wide ranging public involvement over a number of years and then consideration at public meetings of the Riverside Area Committee and the Planning Committee and endorsed for consultation in October/November 2019.
The plan has now been submitted for further public comments to be received by the 4 November and examination. An independent planning inspector will consider the plan and any comments received. The plan is made available for consideration at the Wilson Centre, Alfred Gelder Street, Hull, HU1 2AG, and at the Lonsdale Community Centre, 8 Lonsdale Street, Hull, HU3 6PA and link to it can be found below, along with the related Statement of Community Involvement:
Comments on the plan can be made on the attached form to be returned by the 4 November 2022 to the Council (Hull City Council, Planning Services, Newington Plan Consultation, The Guildhall, Alfred Gelder Street, HU1 2AA), and for the examiner to consider, or by return of email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The examiner will consider these comments and if the plan can be progressed to a Referendum or not. An update will be provided here including the Examiners Report and the Council response to this, once this stage is completed, anticipated around December 2022.
The Examiner has raised a series of queries about the plan. The Newington Plan Forum and the Council have responded to these, as detailed below:’
Thornton neighbourhood plan
An application was made to the Council by Thornton Area community representatives in August 2015 requesting the agreement of the Council to designate the Thornton Neighbourhood Area as a Neighbourhood Area and that they become a constituted Neighbourhood Forum for that Area.
The proposal was subject to consultation at public meetings of the Riverside Area Committee on 9th September 2015 and the Planning Committee on 20th October 2015 before being supported at a meeting of the Council’s Cabinet on 26th October 2015.
The Neighbourhood Forum brought forward their proposal to establish the Thornton Neighbourhood Plan for the area. That proposal was subject to consideration at public meetings of the Riverside Area Committee and the Planning Committee on 14th June and endorsed for consultation on 26th June 2017.
The submission version of the plan was made available on the Council’s website along with the Policies Map and made available for inspection at -
- The Octagon
- Walker Street
- The Wilson Centre
- Alfred Gelder Street
- HU1 2AG
and can be found below -
Following the period of consultation the Thornton Plan was subject to examination by an Independent Examiner in February 2018. The Examiner commented upon the Consultation Statement submitted by the Forum as follows -
'The Consultation Statement (December 2017) provides the detail of the community engagement setting out who was consulted, how they were consulted, the main matters raised by those consulted and the steps taken to consider and, where appropriate, address those main matters. It is clear from this that extensive attempts have been made to engage with the community and stakeholders. Methods utilised included community engagement in the form of face-to-face consultations during June/July 2017; a neighbourhood plan letter to stakeholders; a leaflet and newsletter and conversations with the community up to May 2017. The consultation required by Regulation 14 was carried out between 16 May and 30 June 2017 and included targeted community engagement, letters sent to previous stakeholders and a newsletter sent to all households. Following submission of the Plan for examination on 1 December 2017, the consultation required by Regulation 16 was also carried out, concluding on 31 January 2018. It attracted 7 responses, including one objection.'
In his report the Examiner endorsed the plan, subject to changes, and agreed that the plan progress to a public Referendum to determine whether it can be used to help determine planning applications within the area. The Examiners’ Report is provided below for information, along with the Council’s Decision Statement.
Following the Examiner’s recommendation the Council’s Cabinet also endorsed the plan on 23 July subject to the local referendum
The local Referendum took place on the 6 September, and the outcome of this will be reported in due course