RADFORD SEMELE ONE STEP CLOSER TO ADOPTING ITS OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN


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Radford Semele Neighbourhood Plan March 2021 v3.1.0.2 Final Version


Link to Warwick District Council webpage for the Neighbourhood Plan details 


The 2011 Localism Act allows local communities to come together to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan which sits alongside the Local Plan providing development planning policy for a designated area. 


The Radford Semele neighbourhood Development Plan (RSNDP) is concerned with land use and has an influence on the future development within the local designated area. Radford Semele Parish Council is the qualifying body designated for the RSNDP. The RSNDP designated area was accepted by Warwick District Council on 29th December 2016. 


The Neighbourhood Plan will have effect from the date when it is adopted until superseded by new Local Plan policies or a new RSNDP. The local community has been fully involved throughout the development of the RSNDP via continual feedback, two drop-in events, two informal 6-week consultations, two formal consultations; Regulation 14 consultation (6-weeks), and Regulation 16 consultation (12-weeks), details of these are given in Table 1. The output from these sessions have been used to identify the main issues and planning priorities facing the village and wider parish which are contained in the RSNDP. 


This document sets a Vision, Key Aims for the area, with a set of objectives and planning policies that will seek to: 

  • ensure new housing developments provide a mix of house types and tenures that help meet future housing needs in the area;
  • protect important local green and open spaces;
  • protect and enhance sport and recreation facilities;
  • protect local community facilities such as the churches, shops, Post Office, pub and Sports and Social Club;
  • conserve the parish’s landscape and heritage assets;
  • identify any traffic problems and suggest ways they could be tackled to encourage sustainable transport such as walking and cycling;
  • identify ways in which community life and interactions can be supported and enhanced to make the area a more healthy, inclusive community, and
  • identify an area of open land, an “Area of Separation” that should remain open so that Radford Semele remains a distinct, separate settlement from Royal Leamington Spa, Sydenham and Whitnash.

 A set of planning policies have been put together to shape the development of the designated local area (Section 6).  The draft RSNDP was approved by the Parish Council on 30th March 2020 and then submitted to Warwick District Council.  


We have set up an interactive Policy Map  to show the locations managed by the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.


Following a further period of public consultation, the plan was subject to Independent Examination.  The Examination report was received by Warwick District Council in December 2020.  Warwick District Council issued a decision statement accepting all of the recommendations in the Examination Report on 3rd March 2021.  This plan has been amended in line with those recommendations and will now be subject to public referendum.


Click here for updates and information about the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum.


We would like to that all those who have been involved in getting the plan to this stage and hope to see as many as possible voting to support it on 6th May.


Printed copies of the plan will be made available on request to neighbourhoodplan@radfordsemelepc.org.uk