Hartlepool refuses neighbourhood plan area designation due to insufficient consultation

Out-Law News | 25 Feb 2014 | 5:33 pm |

Hartlepool Borough Council's planning committee last week rejected proposals to designate a 'Park Neighbourhood Plan Area' following concerns about the number of people consulted on the plans. 

The proposed plan boundary had been prepared by the Park Neighbourhood Planning Forum and was the subject of a public consultation held by the Council in the autumn last year.

 

However, the planning committee voted against the designation after councillors raised concerns that not enough people had been consulted.

 

“When you are talking about an area with combined residents of 20,000 and you have feedback from a very small number of individuals, I don’t believe it would stand up under scrutiny when it went to the next stages” said councillor Ray Martin-Wells according to local reports.

Committee chairman Rob Cook said he did not believe the consultation response was "a true reflection of the amount of people that live in the area".

“We have taken roughly 12 months to get to this stage so I am very disappointed," said Park Neighbourhood Forum chairman Ted Jackson. “You can’t get people interested in these activities until you put something on the table. Very few people understand the implications until you start and it gathers pace,” he added.