Lessons that can be learned

Not all NDP developments go to plan. There is the need for specialist knowledge and support throughout our process to ensure that our vision for the parish is supported by a viable plan.

Swanwicks Plan is the latest to be criticised by the Inspectors review and the severe editing proposed caused the PC to recommend rejection in a referendum. This demonstrates how an inexperienced team can easily create a plan that is not viable.


  • Wantage, Vale of White Horse, August 2016. Examiner John Parmiter found that the plan was “overly focused on protecting the locality’s many features, too often without sufficiently robust evidence to do so”.
  • Berinsfield, South Oxfordshire, May 2016. The plan did not have regard to national policies, particularly in relation to policies for the Green Belt, Parmiter found.
  • Storrington, Sullington and Washington, Horsham, March 2016. Examiner Paul McCreery highlighted site allocations that did not qualify as locations for sustainable development.
  • Coton Park, Rugby, January 2015. Examiner Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC found that two plan policies did not meet statutory requirements. In August 2015, Rugby Borough Council agreed modifications, and the plan proceeded to referendum.
  • Slaugham, Mid Sussex, January 2014. Examiner Ann Skippers found that the plan was not compatible with EU requirements as the submitted Strategic Environment Assessment was “not satisfactory in a number of respects”.

Legal Challenges Post Approval

Legal Challenges have been raised against a number of Neighbourhood Plans and this site details these by month.

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