Currently our plan has the protection given by the Minister’s Written Statement.
The latest proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF, Government’s top level policy ) are similar in effect.
It appears that our position is unchanged and the Plan is protected.
The recently (today) proposed new protection in the NPPF can be simply expressed as:
A Neighbourhood Plan should not be overruled if:
a) it had a successful referendum less than two years ago
b) it makes allocation for its share of housing (the council is supposed to give a number and our PS1 site is more than generous)
c) the council has at least 3 years worth of housing land
d) the developers have provided at least 45% of the required delivery rate for three years
So I will ask NSC to say what the required number of houses Claverham Plan area is supposed to provide. I believe it is part of a shared number with the remainder of the Infill Villages and Countryside, probably with a shared number of “windfall” dwellings that are just going to happen anyway.
So that you may see the actual wording you can go to the Govt. website if you want to see the whole texts CLICK HERE
Here is relevant text from the revised NPPF with paragraph numbers and footnotes:
12. The presumption in favour of sustainable development does not change the statutory status of the development plan as the starting point for decision making.
Where a planning application conflicts with an up-to-date development plan (including any neighbourhood plans that have been brought into force ), permission should not usually be granted. Local planning authorities may take decisions that depart from an up-to-date development plan, but only if material considerations in a particular case indicate that the plan should not be followed.
13. The application of the presumption has implications for the way communities engage in neighbourhood planning. Neighbourhood plans should support the delivery of strategic policies contained in local plans or spatial development strategies; and should shape and direct development that is outside of these strategic policies.
14. Where a neighbourhood plan that has recently been brought into force  contains policies and allocations to meet its identified housing requirement, the adverse impact of allowing development that conflicts with it is likely to significantly and demonstrably outweigh the benefits where:
a) paragraph 75 of this Framework applies;
b) the local planning authority has at least a three year supply of deliverable housing sites (against its five year housing supply requirement), and its housing delivery was at least 45% of that required over the previous three years.
 Brought into force refers to neighbourhood plans passed at referendum.  ‘Recently been brought into force’ means a neighbourhood plan which was passed at referendum two years or less before the date on which the decision is made.  Assessed against the Housing Delivery Test, from November 2018 onwards. Transitional arrangements are set out in Annex 1.