CVNP Referendum: 16th Feb 2017

The Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan has passed referendum.
Thank you to everyone who has helped with the plan and to everyone who went out to vote for it!
We are absolutely delighted!!!
Our result compares well with other Neighbourhood Plan results nationally.

Printed Documents available to view…

The following documents can be viewed in printed form:

  • The draft Neighbourhood Plan
  • The report of the independent examiner into the draft Neighbourhood Plan;
  • A summary of the representations submitted to the independent examiner;
  • The statement of the local planning authority (Bath & North East Somerset Council) that the draft Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions specified by statute and complies with the relevant legislation;
  • A statement that sets out general information as to town and country planning (including neighbourhood planning) and the referendum;
  • A map of the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan area
Copies of the documents listed above are available for public inspection during normal office opening hours via:
  • The Council One Stop in Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JG
  • Bath Central Library
  • Chew Magna Millenium Hall
  • Chew Stoke Store
  • Compton Martin Parish Clerk
  • East Harptree Village Store
  • Hinton Blewett St Margaret’s Church Porch
  • Ubley Village Hall
  • West Harptree Parish Clerk

CVNP Passes Examination!


It’s official, Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan has passed examination!

Thank you to everyone who has helped in any way!

The independent examiner found the plan ‘sound’ subject to a few modifications. These have now been incorporated and the Plan. 

The steering committee have sent the Referendum Draft Plan to Bath & North East Somerset Council, who will arrange for a referendum in the New Year.

Click here to see the Referendum Plan: cvnp-referendumversion2lowres


(We hope the Neighbourhood Plan will receive the backing of 51% of voters, to enable it to be ‘made’ and brought into force, so the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan policies will be used in addition to existing planning policies in the National Planning Policy Framework and in the Bath & North East Somerset Council ‘Local Plan’ when determining planning applications.)

The Plan is now at Examination

We have been notified by B&NES that the CVNP is now with the examiner.

All comments that went to B&NES during the regulation 16 consultation have also been submitted.

The B&NES website page for our plan is here:


It is a large plan to consider and it may well be a month before we have any more news.




CVNP – Examiner chosen

Four CVs for Neighbourhood Planning examining inspectors were forwarded to CVNP Steering Group in August 2016 via B&NES by the Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service (NPIERS).

There was a majority view that Mr Chris Collison was the preferred candidate especially because his specialities cover historic and rural settings.  The steering group is delighted that NPIERS have confirmed to B&NES that Mr Chris Collison has agreed in principle to conduct the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Development Plan examination.  He is currently scheduled  to started on or around Monday 3rd October 2016.

We hope that our Plan is found to be Sound, or Sound with modifications.

B&NES Consult on the CVNP

The B&NES consultation started on Tuesday 26th July 2016 at 5pm and responses must be received no later than 5pm on Tuesday 20th September 2016. Please be aware that all representations will be publicly available.

Their webpage for the CVNP with full information and supporting documents is here:



Thank you for your comments!

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the DRAFT plan.


  • Following this six week public consultation, there will be a period of two weeks during which time the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will review the feedback from the community and make any appropriate amendments to the draft Plan.
  •  Towards the end of June the Chew Valley Neighbourhood “pre-submission draft” Plan will be submitted to B&NES for review. B&NES will review the document and around mid-July they will hold a further six week public consultation of the pre-submission draft Plan. Making allowances for holidays, the consultation will end mid-September
  •  The steering group will then select an Examiner (a planning inspector) and the “submission draft” Plan will be sent to them for examination.
  •  Time scales become less clear here, however it is hoped that the examination will be completed by mid- October. On the assumption that the examiner finds the Plan “Sound” it can be taken forward for public referendum within the seven parishes. The Referendum on the Chew Valley Neighbourhood Plan requires a lead time of six week and is expected to take place either late 2016 or early 2017.