The Bray Plan Steering Group whose website is www.brayplan.com is preparing, on Bray Parish Council's behalf, the Bray Parish NEIGHBOURHOOD DEVELOPMENT PLAN (NDP) commonly known as Bray Plan or Bray Parish Neighbourhood Plan.
The following links give further information about the development of such plans;
Note that the Bray Plan Steering group is not a Neighbourhood Forum, as such groups are only valid in areas not covered by a Parish Council. Where there is a Parish Council, should residents wish to have a NDP, it is the Parish Council that is accountable to residents for the proper development of such a NDP; such development to include obtaining the approval of residents.
Residents will know from the home page of this website that I have long had concerns about Neighbourhood Development Plans because the law allows such plans to promote MORE development but NOT LESS development than does the Borough Local Plan. As it is, at this time, the new Borough Local Plan does not exist, however we have been told by RBWM's Bray Ward Councillors that the new Borough Local Plan will designate our local Green Belt Areas 7A and 5C as Green Belt not for development.
My concern on the Bray Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan is justified by the fact that one of the first things proposed to RBWM Planning by the Bray Plan Steering Group was that Area 7A be developed. That proposal has since been withdrawn, but I remain concerned that some unacceptable loophole may be included in the Neighbourhood Development Plan. (Area 7A is the land bounded by Holyport Road, Aysgarth Park, Ascot Road and Old Holyport.)
Legally it is the Bray Parish Council that is accountable to residents for the Bray Parish NDP, and it is clear from the Bray Parish Council minutes of meeting at the following link that Bray Parish Council has authorised or delegated the Bray Plan organisation to operate on their behalf.
It should be recognised though that the Bray Parish Council's ACCOUNTABILITY CANNOT BE DELEGATED.
The pdf downloadable from the button below is a copy of the information from the link on "Key stages in Neighbourhood Planning" and lists the main events and the order in which they must be carried out.
In the Bray plan website at http://www.brayplan.com/2015/05/08/chairmans-chat-may-2015/ we read that the draft plan is to be made available to residents from 18th May 2015.
This stage will be Step 3 in the "Key Stages" document "Pre-submission publicity and consultation".
Update as of 23rd May 2015 - The Draft Plan as at Stage 3 was issued on 18th May 2105 and my comments are available for download as a marked up copy extracted from the PDF document that Bray Parish Council issued. These are on this website page "Local Items" "Bray Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan"