Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

Referendum Results 

At the referendum held by Thanet District Council on May 6 local people voted overwhelmingly in favour of supporting the neighbourhood development plan for the whole of the Broadstairs and St Peter’s area.

The neighbourhood development plan was produced by a sub-committee comprising of Broadstairs & St. Peter’s Town Councillors and members of the community, using data from extensive community surveys, and was impartially examined by an Independent Examiner.

Cllr Bob Bayford, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Working group explains, “Having a neighbourhood development plan will really benefit the local area as it contains policies setting out how development should be in the local area. It has been produced by the community for the community.”

Now that the result of the referendum is overwhelmingly Yes, Thanet District Council will use the Neighbourhood Development Plan to help it decide planning applications in Broadstairs & St. Peter’s and once adopted the Neighbourhood Development Plan will then become part of the Development Plan for Thanet.

Broadstairs & St. Peter’s Town Council Neighbourhood Plan document

Thanet District Council website for more information


The Broadstairs and St.Peter's Neighbourhood Development Plan

A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It can contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development. It can also deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area. Thanet District Council designated the area for Broadstairs and St. Peter's Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) as all of the Parish of Broadstairs and St. Peter's in 2015.

The Broadstairs & St. Peter's Neighbourhood Development Plan was approved for submission to Thanet District Council on the 5th November 2018 and was submitted on the 7th November 2018.

The Regulation 16 Submission Neighbourhood Development Plan was examined during April and May 2019 and the Independent Examiner, Derek Stebbing B.A (Hons), Dip E.P, MRTPI, published his final examiner report on the 14th June 2019 and underwent a second examination in April 2020, by the independent examiner Mr T  Kemmann-Lane JP DipTP FRTPI MCMI.,following concerns raised by Thanet District Council over the inclusion of two Local Green Spaces. The second Examiners report was issued on the 8th July 2020. 

Thanet District Council has now issued its Decision statement that recommends that the Neighbourhood Plan, along with recommended Modifications from this Examination and the Examination held in 2019 can proceed to referendum. 

National Planning Policy Guidance states that in order to help combat the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) neighbourhood planning referendums are unable to take place until 6 May 2021.  However, where a Decision Statement has been issued detailing an intention to send a neighbourhood plan to referendum, the plan can be given significant weight in determining planning applications.

View the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum version.


Evidence Base:

1. 2011 Census Data for the Parish of Broadstairs & St. Peter's
Office for National Statistics Census Data.

2. Stage 1- Survey Establishing the boundary and key themes
A resident questionnaire was undertaken in late 2014 and early 2015, which was used to gauge the views of the residents of the town and ideas for the town moving forward. 

3. Stage 2- Housing Needs Survey
Work was undertaken in the latter part of 2015 and early 2016 to ascertain any housing need or requirement the town might have, and whether this could be addressed in the Neighbourhood Development Plan

4. Stage 3a- Issues and Options Survey

5. Stage 3a- Issues and Options Survey Results
An 8 week consultation was held on the Neighbourhood Development Plan Issues and Options Report between the 28th July and 22nd September 2017 to set out the issues and options for what could be included in the final NDP. 

6. Stage 3b- Short  survey for 'hard-to-reach' groups
A short 'snap' survey was undertaken at the same time as the Issues and Options Survey to establish if the earlier consultation data was still relevant and to gain comments and opinions from hard-to-reach groups.  

7. 2011 Design Statement 

8. Significant Routes and Views
A background document setting out all of the key views and routes in the Broadstairs & St. Peter's area.

9. Strategic Environmental Assessment and Habitats Regulation Assessment:
SEA and HRA Screening Determination
SEA and HRA Screening Report August 2017 
Thanet District Council undertook a screening assessment on the Neighbourhood Plan Issues and Options Report during the summer of 2017. Following responses from Natural England, the Environment Agency and Historic England, it was concluded in November 2017 that the final Neighbourhood Development Plan is unlikely to have significant environmental effects and therefore a full Strategic Environmental Assessment is not needed. It also concluded that the plan will not have an adverse effect on the integrity of internationally designated sites and therefore a Habitats Regulation will not be needed.

10. Local Green Spaces in Broadstairs & St. Peter's
A background document setting out the methodology and results for assessing which local green spaces should be allocated in the Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

11. Housing Data
A background document setting out background planning information from Thanet District Council for the Broadstairs & St. Peter's area, includes housing completions and key housing and economic statistics.

12. Regulation 15 Consultation Statement
A consultation statement that sets out all of the consultation that has been undertaken on the plan, including the statutory bodies and organisations that have to be consulted in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012).

13. Town Council Planning Committee- reasons for planning application refusal
A background document setting out the main reasons for Planning Application refusal since May 2016 made by the Town Council Planning Committee 

14. An Economic Plan For Broadstairs 2016 

A DCLG funded report, which provides evidence and strategy to bring jobs, growth and prosperity back to the resort town of Broadstairs in light of the social and economic challenges the area is facing.

15. Broadstairs & St. Peter's  Neighbourhood Development Plan 2018-2031 pre-submission version (Regulation 14)

16. Response to comments on the Regulation 14 Neighbourhood Development Plan

17. Basic Condition Statement
This document explains how the Regulation 16 submission version of the Broadstairs & St. Peter's Neighbourhood Development Plan meets the basic conditions set by the Localism Act 2011, with which all neighbourhood plans must comply. 

18. Basic Condition Statement Review (2019)
The regulations on how a Basic Condition Statement should be drafted changed on the 28th December 2018. An independent Ecology firm has reviewed the Basic Condition Statement November 2018 (background document 17) to establish if it is now in accordance with the Conservation of Habitats and Species and Planning (Various Amendments) (England and Wales) Regulations 2018.

Examination Documents 

1. Procedural Matters

2. Response to questions asked by the Examiner (2019)
Response to Questions
Map of TDC Housing Sites 

Neighbourhood Plan Sub-Committee Minutes