NDP Timeline:

The following timeline walks you through the various stages of the NDP to date.

Timeline – 24-01-23

Next Steps & Timeline – 21-06-21

Next Steps & Timeline – 11-01-21

Notes to support Next Steps & Timeline – 11-01-21

The NDP is currently running behind the timeline.

Status of the Appendices from the 2018 draft NDP

November 2020 – Some of the appendices, specialist consultations, written for the 2018 draft NDP remain valid and some require updating.  To show how we are using these please click here.

Specialist Consultations requiring update – November 2020

November 2020 – The following draft documents were identified as requiring update. The Table provides their status and associated notes. These documents were forwarded to AECOM in November 2020 for their guidance as part of their Evidence Based Review. 

Documents requiring update to support the NDP move forward
Title Author Date Status with Council Comments
New Draft NDP SDNPA. Oct 19 Work in progress Presented to the Steering Group in Autumn last year but Group disbanded before any feedback was provided back to SDNPA or shared with the council. Now provided to AECOM as part of review of work completed to date. Comments will be used to help the next stages in the creation of a final plan by the Council. Document includes the policies and work in progress comments from the now disbanded NDP Steering Group.
Landscape Assessment SDNPA Jan 2018 Draft – Work in Progress. NDP Working Group has concerns with some of the content.

AECOM – EBPD Team engaged to undertake a review and advise what input and amendments are required

Mins. 21/061/FC-d (21/06/21 meeting) – “as no contrary advice has been received from TVBC, the Working Group is comfortable, as per the advice received from AECOM, that no further assessment is required at this stage”.

Housing Need and Sites – Appendix 2.0.  Revision 1c.  Previous Steering Group Final March 2020 Housing Need section approved only. 1c-i. includes track changes – mainly punctuation.  And a few comments e.g. p. 19, 20, 23, 24, 29, 31.

Sites in paper were not signed off by council – amendments may be required to the Sites, further to the Site Assessment Review by AECOM

Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating the Strategic Environmental Assessment)  SDNPA Oct 2019 Draft – Work in Progress (March 2020) Yellow and Green highlighter pen within it.

Questions Outstanding.  Awaiting next phase from AECOM before feeding back as AECOM’s work may require further questions/amendments.


Sequential Test report  SDNPA Autumn 2019 Draft – Work in Progress (March 2020) May need to be revisited after AECOM review.
Flood Risk Study 


Waterco Dec 2018 Final but may need review. Only original sites assessed.     May need to be revisited after AECOM Site Assessments.


Green Space Appendix – Appendix 1.2 


Previous Steering Group March 2020 Revision approved Revision 2.0(a). A couple of typos noticed, to amend.
(need to ensure the revision number is on the document)
Green Spaces in document now under policy review.
Shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment


Ecological Survey and Assessment (ECOSA) 19th Sept 2018 – Final Draft – Work in Progress (March 2020) May need to be revisited after Site Assessments
New Independent Site Options and Assessments – undertaken by AECOM

October 2020 – Locality contracted with AECOM on the Council’s behalf, with the purpose of independently assessing all identified potential sites against national criteria.

Twenty-three sites were identified by AECOM from the 2014 SHLAA, 2017 SHELLA, the 2020 SHELAA and the original ‘call for sites’.  These twenty-three sites can be found in the maps below.  The site address and size of these sites can be found within the NDP Agenda Meeting Notes 07/12/20. 

Site Assessments Map – Parish                                Site Assessments Map – Village Centre 

In addition, a further ‘Call for Sites’ was advertised, with a closing date of 31/12/20.

As a result of the further ‘Call for Sites, the Council received two responses:

  1. A new site, currently referred to as ‘Area B’.  Further information can be found within the NDP Agenda Meeting Notes 07/12/20.
  2. A map and information regarding potential housing numbers in respect to land a Spencer’s Farm, areas 148a and 148b. Further information can be found in the NDP Agenda Meeting Notes 11/01/20.

AECOM independently assessed these sites and provided information alongside the above.

February 2021 – Further to receiving AECOM’s Site Options and Assessment DRAFT Report, the Council consulted with the landowners/managers of the sites, local residents and TVBC’s NDP Officer.  Feedback from this consultation was discussed at the Parish Council meeting held 15/02/21 and forwarded to AECOM for consideration in their final report.

AECOM’s final Site Options & Assessment report was received and adopted by Council on 18/05/21, for use in the continuing development of the NDP.

Independent Evidence Base Reviews – undertaken by AECOM

October 2020 – Locality contracted with AECOM on the Council’s behalf, with the purpose of independently reviewing the ‘Landscape Assessment’ (above table) and the draft policies from the ‘New Draft Oct 2019 NDP’.

This review to advise Council the policies which are and are not sound against the evidence base.  Comments to be used to help in the next stages of the NDP. This review was undertaken by AECOM’s Evidence Base and Policy Development (EBPD) Team.

To support this review AECOM’s EBPD Team were provided with all NDP documents held at this time.  AECOM’s final Evidence Base and Policy Development report was received and adopted by Council on 18/05/21, for use in the continuing development of the NDP.

Documents commissioned and/or updated further to receipt of AECOM’s EBPD report

The Site Assessment Phase II Information is available here:
Site Assessment Phase II Information – May 2021

Further to receiving AECOM’s EBPD report, the following documents have been updated and/or commissioned

Title Author Date Status with Council Comments
Determination of number of sites (Housing paper) KSPC NDP Working Group Sept 2021 Approved – 11/10/21 meeting Most Recent
Sequential Test Oct 2021 KSPC NDP Working Group Sept 2021 Adopted - 11/10/21 Meeting Most Recent.
Highways Access - Highway Authority, HCC Highway Authority - HCC Sept 2021 Received & Accepted 13/12/21 meeting Most Recent
Highways Access - Nick Culhane Nick Culhane, Highway Consultant Sept 2021 Received & Accepted 13/12/21 meeting Most Recent
2.6 Site Access Study – inc. HCC, Nick Culhane & SoW KSPC 06/07/22 Approved 11/07/22 Brings together 2 Site Access Studies
Drainage Report Waterco - 2nd Issue 24th Nov 2021 Received & Accepted 13/12/21 meeting Most Recent
Hydraulic Modelling Report Waterco - 2nd Issue 24th Nov 2021 Received & Accepted 13/12/21 meeting Most Recent
1.2 Local Area of Green Space KSPC NDP Working Group June 2022 Approved 11/07/22 Update - Edition 3.1 most recent
1.3 Habitat Regulation Assessment AECOM 04 July 2022 Adopted Most Recent
2.1 Housing Needs and Sites KSCP NDP Working Group June 2022 Approved 11/07/22 Revision 1f most recent
2.2 Design Guidance AECOM July 2022 Approved 11/07/22 Final from AECOM, waiting for Locality sign-off
3.3 Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report KSPC/AECOM June 2022 Approved 04/07/22 Most Recent
Status of Sites Assessed by AECOM as part of the Neighbourhood Planning Process

As of the 11/10/21 Council meeting, of the 24 sites assessed by AECOM, 18 have been discounted for reasons described in the following table.  The 6 shortlisted sites (marked orange) are considered further in the “Draft” Final Site Appraisal discussed 13/12/21 – minute ref: 21/185/FC-e.

“Draft” Final Site Appraisal

The “Draft” Final Site Appraisal shows the 6 shortlisted sites and their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats against the key criteria in
relation to site location.  It should be noted that all sites are deemed suitable for development. The table is constructed to facilitate the preference of the final four sites to be included in the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

At the Council meeting of 13/12/21, the Council resolved to adopt the four sites identified in the “Draft” Final Site Appraisal, namely SHELAAs 55, 148b, 168 and KS3 for development, with the proviso that should the allotment appeal be successful then only SHELAAs 148b and 168 remain identified to accommodate the balance of the required total of 41 houses, subject to advice received from a Planning Consultant.

Next Steps  – Site Selection Facilitation

Prior to finalising the Site Selection the Council requires a specialist facilitator with a planning background to:

  • Stage 1 – Facilitate a public workshop to ascertain the public view, and advise Council during the final site selection.
  • Stage 2 – Review the available documents and support the Council in preparation for Regulation 14 submission.

A Site Selection Facilitation Scope of Work was approved on 13/12/21.   Further to an application for support from Locality, Locality has agreed in principle the following Technical Support, parts 1 – 6, to cover the identified works, plus some additional support required looking forward.  This was agreed by Council at its meeting of 7th February 2022:

Part 1 – Shadow Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA)

Technical Support has been agreed for AECOM to update the Shadow HRA.

To support this,  AECOM require a ​draft NDP which the NDP Working Group has updated in draft only, Jan 2022, forwarded together with a copy of the above 2018 Shadow HRA, drafted by ECOSA.

Part 2 – Facilitation to deliver an SEA Review 

AECOM will review the draft SEA, updated in draft only by the NDP Working Group, Jan 2022, and amend as required to ensure it is robust for examination.   ​​

Part 3 – Facilitation – Public Consultation

AECOM will support the Council in pulling together the evidence ensuring it is robust and presenting this to the public at a workshop/exhibition event.  AECOM will then work with the Council to consider and resolve any issues raised from the workshop.

Part 4 – Design Guidance

AECOM will draft the Design Guidance.  The purpose of the Design Guidance is to provide a robust and separate part of the evidence base, to inform the relevant policies in the NDP

Part 5 – Masterplanning

Post Regulation 14, once site allocations finalised.

Given that the proposed allocation sites are all constrained and require on-site mitigation, there will also be benefit from Masterplanning of the sites.  AECOM will undertake this once the spatial strategy for the submission plan is finalised.

Part 6 – Health Check

This aims to ensure the Council has all the necessary in place for submission.  This package will be delivered by Intelligent Plan Examinations.


The Powerpoint presentation led by AECOM at the 13th May 2022 Parish Meeting can be found below.  Questions and Answers taken at the meeting are currently being written up and will be uploaded shortly.

Parish Meeting – 13th May 2022 – Update on the Housing Site Selection Process – Powerpoint Presentation

The updated draft of the NDP was approved at the Full Council meeting of 13th June 2022:

Neighbourhood Development Plan – v2 – Amended Pre-Submission Draft 7

Subject to the receipt of the HRA, SEA and Design Guidance by the end of June 2022, from AECOM, an Extraordinary Full Council meeting will be called on 4th July 2022 – with the purpose of receiving these documents and agreeing the Council moves to Regulation 14.

The Council thanks all those who attended the Parish Meeting on 13th May, from which questions and comments are welcomed.   However, persons are respectfully asked to wait until after the HRA, SEA and Design Guidance are published before writing to the Council, as the Council believes that the majority of questions will be answered in these documents.  If of course questions remain unanswered having read these documents, please write formally as part of the Regulation 14 consultation.  Thank you.


LAST UPDATED – 28th June 2022