Bishop's Stortford Neighbourhood Plan Review for Silverleys and Meads (1st Revision)

Silverleys and Meads Neighbourhood Plan (1st Revision)

Date of Designation Request Body Submitting Request Designation Agreed Pre-Submission on Consultation (Reg 14) Submission to East Herts (Reg 15) 6 week Consultation (Reg 16)  Examination  Referendum Adoption
9 July 2012 Bishop's Stortford Town Council 4 December 2012 8 February 2021 - 20 April 2021 November 2021 29 November - 24 January 2022 March - May 2022 N/A July 2022


Adopted Neighbourhood Plan 

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council has undertaken a limited revision of the existing Neighbourhood Plan (adopted in 2015). The Neighbourhood Plan has been formally ‘made’ (adopted) and will be used as a part of the East Herts Development Plan.  The final version of the Neighbourhood Plan and Policies Map can be viewed here: Bishop’s Stortford Neighbourhood Plan for Silverleys and Meads (1st Revision) The decision statement is available here.

Independent Examination

Christopher Lockhart-Mummery QC was appointed to undertake the independent examination of the Silverleys and Meads Neighbourhood Plan Review. Correspondence between the examiner and East Herts Council is published below.

In his Final Report the examiner concluded that the modifications proposed to the existing made Plan (adopted in 2015) are material but do not change the nature of the plan so a referendum is not required.

Independent Examination documents and dates

Examination document


In accordance with Schedule A2 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act, the Examiner has published an initial statement to consider the nature of the modifications to the plan:

1 April 2022

The Examiner has asked Bishop’s Stortford Town Council and East Herts Council some questions. The Councils have responded and the Examiner has determined that the examination does not require a hearing. This correspondence is set out below:
•    The Examiner questions and correspondence with EHC and Bishop’s Stortford

20 April 2022

The Silverleys and Meads Neighbourhood Plan Modification Examination has now concluded:

Please note a revised version of the report was added on 24 June to address minor factual errors.

16 May 2022

















Public Consultation (Reg16)

On the 1 November 2021 Bishop’s Stortford Town Council submitted the Bishop’s Stortford Neighbourhood Plan Review for Silverleys and Meads to East Herts District Council under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

A consultation took place for a period of 8 weeks from the 29 November 2021 – 24 January 2022.

Representations received can be viewed in the Regulation 16 Consultation Responses document [926KB pdf]. These were forwarded to the examiner.

Please note that as this Neighbourhood Plan is a modification of the existing Silverleys and Meads Neighbourhood Plan, the Town Council is required by national guidance to set out in the Statement of Changes if they consider the update is minor, material or substantial. In accordance with Regulation 17 of the Neighbourhood Planning regulations, East Herts Council have submitted a statement to the examiner about the nature of the modifications. It will be the examiner who makes the final decision as to whether the modifications will require a referendum. 

Pre-Submission Consultation (Reg 14)

Bishop’s Stortford Town Council consulted on their Draft Neighbourhood Plan Review between 8th February 2021 and 20th April 2021. 

The Regulation 14 Consultation Draft Version can be viewed on the Bishop’s Stortford Town Council’s website