Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan Decision Notice

On the 29th June 2021  South Kesteven District Council formally adoptoed the Ropsley and Distirct Neighbourhood Plan.  This follows the positive outcome of the referendum held on 6th May 2021 , where 87% of those who voted were in favour of the plan.  The formal decision statement as required under Neighbourhood Planning Regulations is included in the key documents set out below:

pdf icon RDNP - Decision Notice [259kb]

The Ropsley and District NP Referendum  Update

South Kesteven District Council have now considered the Examiners report and  is satisfied with the Examiner's recommendations. The Council has now publicised its decision to submit the Neighbourhood Plan to a referendum, with the modifications. 

Due to new Regulations linked to the Coronavirus Act 2020  the referendum will now take place on the 6 May 2021. The referendum version of the document and referendum guidance can be found below;

Click here for the - Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Version Click here for the - Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan Referendum Guidance

A note on Decision-making: Where the local planning authority has issued a decision statement (as set out under Regulation 25 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012) detailing its intention to send a Neighbourhood plan to referendum, that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making, so far as the plan is material to the application.Therefore,  the Referendum version of the Old Somerby Neighbourhood Plan now holds significant weight for determining applications within the Neighbourhood Plan Area. 

The Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan - Inspectors Report

On the 24th of February 2021, Andrew Ashcroft completed his examination of the Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan and subsequently published his Examiner's Report after the relevant fact checks had been carried out by the Rospley and District Parish Council and SKDC. The Examination report can be found below; 

The Rospley and District NP - Examination Report


Regulation 16 consultation

The Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Development Plan has been produced by the Ropsley and District Parish Council (as the qualifying body) in consultation with residents, businesses, landowners and other stakeholder organisations. The Neighbourhood Development Plan covers the Civil Parishes of Ropsley and Braceby and Sapperton and seeks to guide the future development within the identified Neighbourhood area until 2036. The Plan includes a vision, set of objectives and a series of neighbourhood wide policies.

Ropsley and District Parish Council   formally submitted the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting evidence to South Kesteven District Council on the 3rd August 2020.

In accordance with the amended Town and Country Planning Act 1990, the District Council has made an initial assessment of the Neighbourhood Plan and the supporting documents and is satisfied that these comply with the specified criteria.

pdf icon Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan - Decision Notice [136kb]


Clarification note on the Neighbourhood Plan

On the 6th January 2021 appointed Examiner Andrew Ashcroft sent his clarification note to the Parish Council proposing a number of questions in regard to the Neighbourhood Plan and subsequent representations made, this note can be viewed below; 

 pdf icon Clarification Note - Original [147kb]

On the 19th January 2021 the Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan Group  responded to the questions within the Examiners clarification note. These can be seen below; 

pdf icon RDNP - Response to Clarification Note [223kb]


The Ropsley and DIstrict Neighbourhood Plan Examination

South Kesteven District Council has now submitted the Ropsley and District Neighbourhood Plan for independent examination. The consultation has now closed, and the Plan is being examined by Inspector Andrew Ashcroft. Formal examination of the Plan began on the 16th of December 2020. The examiner has requested that representations submitted to the consultation are published on our website. These can be seen below; 

Consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Plan 

The District Council published the Neighbourhood Plan for public consultation to provide an opportunity for comment on the submitted proposals before the Plan goes to examination.

The public consultation lasted 6 weeks - from the of 28th October to the 9th December 2020

Consultation Documents

The proposed consultation documents can be viewed electronically below:

Ropsley and District Submission Neighbourhood Plan



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