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Marden Parish Council

MNP Regulation 15 & 16

The next consultation of the Marden Neighbourhood Plan takes place from 14th June to 26th July.  Hard copies will be available to view at the Big Musical Picnic on 8th June and from the Parish Office after this date.  Further details will be available nearer the time.

Neighbourhood Plans are prepared by members of a community to guide the future development of their community.  Marden Neighbourhood Plan (MNP) has been developed over a number of years by the Parish Council and members of the community to create a forward looking vision for Marden.  Many of you will have attended open days held by MNP, read articles in the Parish Newsletter and seen us at events like Picnic in the Park where you have given us your views.  These have been taken into account in the formulation of our plan, along with the adopted Maidstone Borough Council Local Plan.  Once The Marden Neighbourhood Plan is adopted it will form part of the development plan that must be used when all planning decisions affecting Marden are made.

Marden Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group is now pleased to report that the MNP has been submitted to Maidstone Borough Council for Regulation 15.  Following this MBC will then carry out a 6 week consultation.

Regulation 16 will be the submission of the plan to an independent examiner for examination as soon as possible after receipt with any representations and any other documents submitted with the plan including the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) if required.

Following the recommendations of the Inspector MBC will hold a referendum on whether the neighbourhood plan should come into force.  MBC will then produce and publish a formal decision.

The documents submitted for Regulation 15 can be found below.  There are some small changes since originally submitting this to MBC in April.  These are (1) amendment to the front cover of the Neighbourhood Plan; (2) extension to the SSSI in Annex 3 and (3) more details has been added to the Basic Conditions and Consultation Statements

A letter has been received (19th August 2019) from the Independent Examiner who is assessing Marden's Neighbourhood Plan.  It is envisaged that a report should be completed by mid to late September.  A copy of the letter can be viewed below.