Sherington Neighbourhood Plan

  'Making' the Plan

  • 3 October 2017 - Milton Keynes Council Cabinet Meeting Agenda Item 14 - Cabinet is expected to recommend that Council should make the Plan.
  • 18 October 2017 - Milton Keynes Council Full Council Meeting - Council is expected to make the Plan, and it comes into force.

  Referendum Result

  • YES: 392 (97%) - NO: 12 (3%).
  • Turnout: 49% (404 out of 823 electors)


  • The date for the Referendum will be Thursday 21 September 2017.
  • The Polling Station is Sherington Village Hall. Voting hours are 7am to 10pm.
  • The question is: 'Do you want Milton Keynes Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Sherington to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?'       Yes/No
  • The Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum version) is available here: Neighbourhood Plan (Referendum version)
  • Note: this version of the Plan is different from that originally prepared by Sherington Parish Council, as it includes the Examiner's modifications.
  • Voting arrangements are similar to those for local/national government elections. Postal/proxy votes are available. All electors resident in the parish are eligible to vote. The election is run by Milton Keynes Council.
  • More details are available on the MKC web site

  Examiner's Report

  • The Examiner, Mr Andrew Ashcroft, has prepared his Report and has now submitted it to Milton Keynes Council. Read it here
  • He has accepted the main principles of the Sherington Neighbourhood Plan but has recommended detailed changes to the wording of 8 of the 9 policies (i.e. all except NP3 - Biodiversity Enhancement) to bring it into line with the legal requirements. He has also recommended that the Plan, as modified by his recommendations, should proceed to a Referendum of the Sherington electors.
  • If MKC accepts the Examiner's recommendations, MKC will need to make the necessary modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan. They will also give notice of the Referendum and issue the required Information pack. Details on the MKC web site

  Current Status and Timescales

  • It is fairly unusual for there to be a hearing (details below). It is a hearing held in public, not a public meeting, and merely addresses the relevant factual evidence that had not been provided sufficiently adequately in the previous written submissions.
  • The timescales given in the April issue of SCAN for future activities are too optimistic - more realistic estimates are given here. Following the hearing, the Examiner will prepare his formal Report with his recommendations, which is submitted to MKC (possibly end of April).
  • MKC will review the Report and decide whether to accept or reject the recommendations. If MKC rejects any recommendations, it will need to publicise the reasons for doing so, and hold another public consultation, followed by a new Examination. A considerable delay may be expected. This has happened in Castlethorpe, where there is a similar controversial Local Green Space proposal. The Examiner's Report there was published in July 2016, but 8 months later, the matter is still unresolved.
  • If MKC accepts the Examiner's recommendations, MKC will need to make the necessary modifications to the Neighbourhood Plan. They will also give notice of the Referendum and issue the required Information pack (possibly late May).
  • Approximately 6 weeks notice is required, so the Referendum might be expected in July.
  • If a simple majority votes Yes, MKC will then 'make' the Plan at a Council meeting. This has to be done within 8 weeks, so the likely date for the Plan to come into full force for assessing Planning Applications will be September 2017.


  • Mr Andrew Ashcroft has been appointed to carry out the examination of Sherington Neighbourhood Plan. As part of the examination, a hearing will be held on Wednesday 12 April 2017 between 10.30 and 13.00.
  • The hearing will start at 10:30am and will take place in the Sports Pavilion, Perry Lane, Sherington.
  • The hearing is open to the public, but participation in the discussion is at the invitation of the Examiner only. Invited participants have been contacted individually.
  • The examination will focus on;
    • Paragraph 77 of the NPPF comments that 'Local Green Space designation will not be appropriate for most green areas or open spaces'. In this context is it appropriate for the parcel of land concerned to be designated as Local Green Space in the submitted Plan?
    • Is the parcel of land demonstrably special to the local community and does it hold a particular local significance?
  • For the avoidance of any doubt the hearing will not address the proposed designation of land to the south west of St Laud's Church as a local green space.

  The Public Consultation has now finished. The Plan is now to be reviewed by the Examiner.
Details on MKC website

  Current Status

  • Sherington Parish Council has completed the compilation of the Neighbourhood Plan and has submitted it to Milton Keynes Council for Examination.
  • The following 3 documents were submitted:
  • MKC are publicising the Plan for an 8 week period during which the public may make comments. Comments must be received by MKC by 5pm on Thursday 9 February 2017.
  • MKC will then appoint an independent Examiner who will consider the submitted Plan, plus any comments, for compliance with the following conditions:
    • 1. Satisfies the Basic Conditions:
      • a. Complies with national policies
      • b. Contributes to sustainable development
      • c. General conformity with MKC strategic policies
      • d. Compatible with EU regulations
    • 2. Satisfies legal requirements
    • 3. Identifies an appropriate area for the referendum
  • The Examiner may just use the written submissions, but has authority to also hold a Public Hearing if he/she considers it appropriate. The Examiner will determine whether the Plan is acceptable or if changes are required. The Examiner determines if the Plan can proceed to the Referendum Stage
  • MKC will consider the Examiner's Report and, if appropriate, will organise a Referendum of all Electors in Sherington Parish who have the final say. A simple majority of those voting will determine if the Plan is to be accepted or rejected.
  • If the referendum result is 'Yes', MKC will formally 'make' the Plan. It will then be used (in conjunction with National and MKC's own policies) by MKC in the consideration of all future Planning Applications for the Parish. Until then the Plan is considered to have 'little' or 'limited weight'.

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