We are pleased to say that the Independent Examiner of our Neighbourhood Plan (Jill Kingaby of Intelligent Plans) has now submitted her Report. It is highly supportive of our efforts and her approach is neatly summed up in her final paragraph:
“I appreciate that the members of the Highgate Neighbourhood Forum have put in considerable time and effort over a number of years to produce the Neighbourhood Plan for Highgate. I commend the Forum and those who have assisted the NP preparation for their hard work and the achievement of a well-structured and readable plan. The Regulation 16 responses reflect a high degree of local support for the NP. Although my report seeks a number of modifications to it, this is unsurprising in view of Highgate’s particular circumstances. The Forum has had a difficult job because the designated area includes parts of two London Boroughs with different adopted and emerging Local Plans. The NP policies, however, must apply equally across all of Highgate. Many of the modifications proposed in my report are designed to ensure that development management decisions will not be unduly delayed or made difficult because of differences in higher level strategic policies.”
The Councils now have to make the required amendments to the Plan and pass it through their internal procedures. There will be a referendum on the Plan (to be voted on by all those on the Electoral Register within the Plan Area) on Thursday 29 June, 2017.