Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan

The Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Group submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to Erewash Borough Council for a six week consultation period. The consultation period ran between Thursday 9 April 2020 and Thursday 21 May 2020. Following this, an independent examination was carried out, resulting in the publication of the examiner’s report on 19 November 2020 (see below).

The examiner concluded that with the modifications set out in the report, the Plan meets the basic conditions and other relevant legal requirements. The Council concurs with this view and is satisfied that the draft Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan (Submission Version - April 2020) meets the basic conditions and complies with the provision made by or under sections 38A and 38B of the 2004 Act. These modifications are set out in the examiner’s report below.

The council resolved on 24th October 2022, that to meet the requirements of the Localism Act 2011 a referendum which poses the question ‘Do you want Erewash Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Breadsall Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’ be held in the Parish of Breadsall as soon as practically possible.

This referendum was held on 4 May 2023. To view the decision statement and all other information please visit the referendum page

Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan Independent Examination

The report of the Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan Examination (Docx 91.78kb) has been published. Further updates on the Neighbourhood Plan’s progress will be provided in due course.

Independent Examination of the Breadsall Neighbourhood Development Plan

Independent Examiner: Christopher Collison BA(Hons) MBA MRTPI MIED MCMI IHBC

To Erewash Borough Council and Breadsall Parish Council

By email to Evie Poxon Planning Policy Officer EBC, and Liz Holgate Clerk BPC
Cc Adam Reddish Principal Planning Policy Officer EBC

Dated 6 October 2020

Dear Liz and Evie

Breadsall Neighbourhood Development Plan Independent Examination

Further to my appointment to undertake the Independent Examination of the Breadsall Neighbourhood Development Plan I am writing to clarify how I will conduct the examination which will formally commence today.

1. Communications

It is essential that the examination process is open and transparent to all interested parties. I would be grateful if the Borough Council could publish this email on their website. I will address all future communication to the Borough Council and send a copy to the Parish Council. It would be helpful if the Parish Council could channel all communication to me through the Borough Council, and that, when writing to me, the Borough Council sends a copy to the Parish Council.

2. National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance

The most recent National Planning Policy Framework was published on 19 June 2019. The Planning Practice Guidance was most recently updated in respect of Neighbourhood Planning on 25 September 2020. Both the Framework and Guidance could be further revised or updated during the Independent Examination. As a point of clarification, I confirm it is my intention to undertake the Independent Examination in the context of the most recent National Planning Policy Framework and Planning Practice Guidance.

3. Examination documents

The Borough Council has provided me with access to copies of the main submission Neighbourhood Plan documents, and is in the process of sending me copies of the Consultation Statement appendix documents and each of the Regulation 16 representations received during the publicity period.

The Regulation 16 representations and any other documents that may be sent to me throughout the Independent Examination, should be made available for inspection by interested parties. This is best achieved through publication on the Borough Council website.

I have looked at the main submission Neighbourhood Plan documents. Subject to my later detailed assessment I have not identified any obvious fundamental flaws in the submission documents that would lead me to advise the examination should not proceed. If I find that there are significant issues which may prevent the Neighbourhood Plan meeting the Basic Conditions and other requirements, that cannot be addressed through modifications, I will notify you during the examination.

I have asked the Borough Council to advise me what are regarded as the strategic policies of the Development Plan applying in the Neighbourhood Area.

I am providing the Parish Council with an opportunity to comment on the Regulation 16 representations of other parties. There is no obligation on the Parish Council to offer any comments but this opportunity can prove particularly helpful where representations of other parties include matters that have not been raised earlier in the plan preparation process. I request the Parish Council should submit any comments to the Borough Council, no later than noon on Wednesday 21 October 2020. The Parish Council may, at an earlier date, submit its comments, or confirm it does not intend to submit any comments on the representations. The Borough Council should forward any Parish Council comments to me, and any comments should be published on the Borough Council website. Any Parish Council comments must not include new evidence.

4. Independence

From my initial review of the main Neighbourhood Plan documents it would appear that there are no conflicts of interest that would call into question my independent status. I will keep that matter under review throughout the examination.

5. Visit to the Neighbourhood Plan area

After I have thoroughly reviewed the Neighbourhood Plan documents, representations, and any comments of the Parish Council, I intend to visit the plan area as this will assist me in understanding the nature of the Neighbourhood Plan and points made in representations or comments, and help me decide if there are any issues to be clarified. I will base my decision whether or not a visit to the plan area is required or necessary in line with the Ministerial Written Statement HCWS235 issued by the Secretary of State for The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities made on 13 May 2020. Any visit I make to the plan area will be on an unaccompanied basis as it is important that there should be no perception that I have heard additional representations. The timing of any visit may be affected by other advice or directive issued by Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

6. Clarification procedure

I may at any time during the Independent Examination seek written clarification of any matters that I consider necessary. I will direct any request for clarification to the Borough Council and send a copy to the Parish Council. I will request any response is agreed as a joint response of the Borough Council and the Parish Council if at all possible. Any request for clarification and any response should be published on the Borough Council website.

I am proceeding on the basis that the examination can be concluded without the need for a hearing. At any time before I issue my final report, I may call a hearing if I consider this is necessary to ensure adequate examination of any issue, or to allow a person a fair chance to put a case.

7. Examination timetable

The main determinants of how long the examination will take are: the number and complexity of the Neighbourhood Plan policies; the clarity of supporting evidence; and the number and nature of representations. Assuming a hearing will not be necessary, and that the need for me to request clarification of any matters will not cause undue delay, I anticipate that no later than the end of November 2020 I will be able to send a confidential draft of my report to the Borough Council and the Parish Council to allow an opportunity to check whether there are any factual errors. This will not be an opportunity for any further representations to be made. This indicative timetable may be affected by a delay in me undertaking a visit to the plan area as indicated above.

8. Procedural questions

A guide to Independent Examinations can be found on the website I would be pleased to address any questions relating to the examination process that the Borough Council or the Parish Council may have.

I should be grateful if the Borough Council and the Parish Council could acknowledge receipt of this email.

Best regards

Chris Collison
Independent Examiner
Planning and Management Ltd

All appendices and evidence is available upon request via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Neighbourhood Plan is available to download on the Breadsall Parish Council website.

Draft Plan Consultation

Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Group finalised the Pre-submission draft version of the Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan in 2018. A formal notification of this was sent to all statutory consultees and further organisations or persons who the group believe should have the opportunity to comment on the Pre-submission Draft Plan.

The consultation closed on Thursday 31 January 2019. This consultation was run by BNPAG.

A copy of the Pre-submission draft Plan, as well as supporting documentation, may be viewed and downloaded from the Breadsall Parish Council website. A printed copy of the main body of the draft Plan may be obtained on request from the Neighbourhood Plan Advisory Group by e-mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in writing to: Breadsall Neighbourhood Plan Group, The Clerk, Breadsall Parish Council, 20 Cleveland Ave, Draycott, Derbyshire, DE72 3NR.

Breadsall Parish – Neighbourhood Area Designation

A meeting of Erewash Borough Council’s Planning Committee on Wednesday 21st September 2016 approved Breadsall Parish Council’s application to designate a Neighbourhood Area covering the entirety of the Parish. 

Breadsall Parish – Neighbourhood Area Application

The Borough Council has received an application from Breadsall Parish Council under powers created by the Localism Act to designate a Neighbourhood Area covering the Parish area of Breadsall. This is with a longer term intention of producing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

A consultation ran from Tuesday 9 August to Tuesday 6 September 2016.