Decision details

Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Decision Made

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report provides an introduction and background to the production of the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan, with a general background to Neighbourhood Planning to set the context.  The report sets out the preparation of the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan, the stage reached and the finding and recommendations of the independent examiner who has ‘examined’ the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The report makes recommendations on the next steps, including that subject to modifications the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan shall progress to referendum.



  1. That the independent examiner’s Report on the Goudhurst Neighbourhood Development Plan (GNDP) be noted and published.
  2. That the GNDP be modified in part, according to the examiner’s recommendations and following discussion with Goudhurst Parish Council be approved.
  3. That the Decision Statement at Appendix C and the decision to progress the GNDP as set out at Appendix D to referendum be approved (noting that the referendum area is Goudhurst Parish).
  4. That in the event the referendum result on the GNDP is positive with more than 50% of the vote, the Council formally makes the GNDP as set out in Appendix D so that it has effect as part of the statutory Development Plan for the Neighbourhood Area (Goudhurst Parish) be approved.




Approved Neighbourhood Plans become part of the development plan for the Borough and are a key document in the determination of planning applications that allow the local community to take responsibility for land use planning in their area.

Report author: Ellen Gilbert

Publication date: 02/12/2021

Date of decision: 02/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 02/12/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 10/12/2021

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