Bude Stratton Neighbourhood Plan Constitution
The Localism Act 2012 gives communities the legal right to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan that will set out policies to direct development and the use of land in a parish or neighbourhood area.
Cornwall Council approved the B.S.T.C. proposal to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.
This document provides a framework by which the nominated Steering Group can prepare and take forward a Neighbourhood Plan for Bude Stratton Town Council.
The name of the group shall be Bude-Stratton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group
Purpose & Aims
1. The purpose of the Steering Group shall be to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the Bude-Stratton Town Council Area
2. The NP will be produced with consideration to the needs of all residents and businesses, now and in the future. In accordance with the resolution at the Bude-Stratton Town Council meeting on 5th April 2012 (Minute C/049/12)
3. The NP will seek to improve the social, economic and environmental well being of the designated area and strengthen the community.
a. Manage and co-ordinate the production of the NP
b. Co-ordinate effective engagement with all members of the community in accordance with an agreed Project Plan
c. Communicate all findings and ideas to the Town Council and the wider community
d. Identify support, resources and funding
e. Manage decision making processes in an open accessible way
f. Prepare policy documents consistent with delivery of the NP
g. Produce appropriate timescales and delivery mechanisms
h. Produce the NP consistent with government and Cornwall Council guidelines
i. Take the NP to adoption
Steering Group Membership
a. The Steering group shall consist of no fewer than 8 and no more than 15 individuals who live, work or have an interest in NP. At least one individual from BSTC and one from Cornwall Council
b. The structure of the Steering Group will be publicly available and the group may co-opt specialist help when required.
c. Topic Groups will be appointed on the Steering Group’s behalf and will be open to everybody
d. All personal interests must be declared if being perceived as relevant to a decision of the group. This shall be recorded and be made publicly available.
e. Details of any donations or assistance made by outside organisations and businesses must be declared and must not influence the plan.
f. The Steering Group shall elect its own officers including a Chairman and Secretary, in accordance with a clear structure to be publicly available and co-opt specialists as necessary. The secretary is responsible for ensuring minute-taking, maintaining and circulating minutes of every meeting
a. The Steering Group shall meet regularly, with at least 7 days notice of date, time and venue. Agendas to be circulated at least three clear working days prior to the
b. Minutes of the meetings will be circulated and made public within fourteen days.
c. Any decision will be decided by a majority. A minimum of 5 will represent a quorum. Only members of the Steering Group may vote.
d. Topic Groups can meet as and when they feel necessary.
e. Any meetings that the public may attend must be advertised with 5 clear working days’ notice
f. Questions can be submitted up to 2 working days prior to the meeting
g. Members may be excluded from the Steering Group or Topic Groups for conduct and behaviour that is disruptive and does not promote the aims and objectives of the Steering Group or Topic Group. Exclusion of members will be by a majority vote of
the Steering Group.
Should any amendment be required to the Constitution, this will require a 2/3 majority vote of the Steering Group..
The Steering Group will include a Chair (normally Chair of BSTC planning Committee or other Town Council nominee
Secretary – to be appointed by Steering Group
Treasurer – Bude-Stratton Town Council
Members of Steering Group at 26th March
Lea Deely (Chair) - Chair of BSTC Planning Committee
David Parsons - Cornwall Councillor
Brian Dixon (Vice Chair) - BSTC Councillor
Paul Tilzey - BSTC Councillor
Nicky Chopak - Bude Partnership
Alan Biggs - Bude Chamber of Commerce/ Town Councillor
Theresa Abbots - Resident
Glynis Aherne - Resident
Janet Feasey - Resident
John Gimson - Resident
Lucille Opie - Resident