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Burnham Market Neighbourhood Plan

Information on the Burnham Market neighbourhood development plan

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‘Making’ (adoption) of the Neighbourhood Plan

The Burnham Market Neighbourhood Development Plan was passed at referendum on 21 September 2023 (see below). 80.1% of votes case supported adoption of the Neighbourhood Plan, meaning that the Borough Council is obliged to ‘make’ (adopt, or bring into legal force) the Plan. The Adoption Statement is available to download below:

The ‘made’ Burnham Market Neighbourhood Development Plan 2022-2036 is available to download/view through the link below.

Completed plans

Previous stages


The local referendum for the Parish of Burnham Market, to determine whether the Burnham Market Neighbourhood Plan 2022-2036 should be made (adopted) by the Borough Council, was held on 21 September 2023.

The Burnham Market Neighbourhood Plan was successfully passed at referendum, with 80.1% of votes cast in favour. The result can be viewed here.

The referendum information pack and supporting appendices are available to download below:

Further details about the Neighbourhood Plan referendum, can be found on our Neighbourhood Planning referendums page.

Decision Stage

Burnham Market Parish Council and the Borough Council accepted all the Examiner’s recommendations that represent a material change to the Plan. The modifications proposed by the Examiner are set out in Appendix 1 of the Decision Statement alongside the Borough Council’s decision (supported by the Parish Council) in response to each recommendation and the reasons for them. The Decision Statement, issued on 7 August 2023, can be viewed below.

The Decision Statement, issued under Regulation 18A, allows the Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to referendum.

Publication of Neighbourhood Plan Examiner’s Report

The Neighbourhood Plan Examiner’s Report was published on 25 July 2023. The Examiner concluded that, subject to a series of recommended modifications set out in his Report, the Burnham Market Neighbourhood Plan meets all the necessary legal requirements and should proceed to referendum. The Examiner’s report is available to view through the following link.

Neighbourhood Plan examination

In April 2023, the Borough Council, in agreement with Burnham Market Parish Council, appointed Andrew Ashcroft to examine the Burnham Market Neighbourhood Plan. The examination assessed whether the Neighbourhood Plan fulfils the basic conditions, that the Plan:

  1. Has regard to national policies and advice contained in guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
  2. Contributes to the achievement of sustainable development;
  3. Is in general conformity with the strategic policies of the development plan in the area;
  4. Is compatible with European Union (EU) obligations and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); and
  5. Does not breach the requirements of Chapter 8 of Part 6 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017.

The examination concluded with publication of the Examiner’s Report on 25 July 2023. Documents submitted during the examination (April - July 2023) can be viewed below.

Submission of Plan Regulation 15/ Regulation 16 consultation

Burnham Market Parish Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan to the council in December 2022 in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Regulation 15.  On 25 January 2023 the Borough Council signed off the Regulation 15 legal check allowing the Plan to be consulted upon under Regulation 16.

The consultation ran for six weeks from 17 February until 31 March 2023. Representations in response to the Regulation 16 consultation may be viewed through our online portal.

The Neighbourhood Plan and other documents submitted under Regulation 15 are available below:

Supporting documents

Full details about the statutory consultation (including the basic conditions) are set out in the statutory Public Notice.

Regulation 14

The draft Burnham Market Neighbourhood Plan was consulted upon by the Parish Council between 1 October – 25 November 2022, inclusive, under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012, Regulation 14.

More information is available on the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Planning web page.