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   A Neighbourhood Plan for Adlington    December 6, 2013

WHAT IS A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN?

The 2011 Localism Act has given communities the right to produce a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’, a community–led framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area.  Instead of people being told what to do, local communities now have genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live. 

A Neighbourhood Plan must comply with national Planning Policy as well as UK and European legislation and must have appropriate regard to strategic planning policy at the local level, but it can challenge non-strategic local planning policy where local people wish to do so.   A Neighbourhood Plan can specify policies and guidance on many aspects of how new development is carried out such as how it should be designed, orientated and located, although it cannot promote less development than that identified for the local area such as new strategic housing allocations.

A Neighbourhood Plan for Adlington would become part of the statutory development plan for Cheshire East which means that Cheshire East Council Planners and UK Government Planning Inspectors would have to make decisions based on the policies in the Neighbourhood Plan.  Therefore, a Neighbourhood Plan can be a powerful tool in shaping the development of the area.

The Parish Council has for some months worked alongside Poynton Town Council and Woodford Community Council regarding how best to represent residents with regard to the development of the former BAe site at Woodford.  Adlington Parish Council will continue to liaise closely with Poynton and Woodford in this regard, but will also now work on producing a Neighbourhood Plan for Adlington itself.  The Parish Council has been awarded both a grant and direct support from ‘Locality’ to help it produce a Plan.

WHAT IS THE NEIGHBOURHOOD AREA?

The Parish Council must submit a proposal to Cheshire East Council to ask for the Neighbourhood Area to be approved before work can begin on writing the policies in the proposed Adlington Neighbourhood Plan.  After considering various options, Adlington Parish Council will submit to Cheshire East Council that the Neighbourhood Area should be the same as the Parish Council area (see separate sheet), this will encompass the entire area of Adlington up to its parish boundaries with Pott Shrigley, Poynton, Woodford and Prestbury.  Cheshire East will then officially inform the public of Adlington about the proposed Area over 6 weeks before officially designating it.

HOW AND WHEN WILL THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN BE MADE?

Once the Area has been officially designated by Cheshire East Council, work can begin on the Plan itself. While it is impossible to say exactly when that will be, we currently hope to start work sometime early 2014.

Through a combination of local engagement, help from Cheshire East Planning Department and independent professional support paid for by the Government, we will work with local people to identify the issues that matter to them, and then reflect this in the Neighbourhood Plan through sound planning policies and, where appropriate, site allocations and guidance.

INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION OF THE PLAN

Once a Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared and consulted on, an independent examiner will check that it meets the necessary standards known as Basic Conditions.  If the Plan does not meet the Basic Conditions, the examiner will recommend changes. Cheshire East Planning Authority will then need to consider the examiner’s views and decide whether to make those changes. If the examiner recommends significant changes, then the Parish Council may decide to consult the local community again before proceeding.

REFERENDUM

Cheshire East Council will organise a referendum on the Plan if it meets the Basic Conditions. This ensures that the people of Adlington have the final say on whether the Neighbourhood Plan comes into force.  People living in the neighbourhood who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum.  If more than 50% of people voting in the referendum support the Plan, then Cheshire East Council, as the Local Planning Authority, must bring it into force.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

The Parish Council must next submit a proposal to Cheshire East Council to ask for the Neighbourhood Area to be approved. 

HAVE YOUR SAY

Please contact the Parish Council Clerk (details below) with any comments on the proposal to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Adlington, along with any comments you might wish to make on the proposed Neighbourhood Area. 

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

Although led by the Parish Council, the Neighbourhood Plan will be produced after engaging with the wider community, this is vital to ensure that the Plan genuinely represents the range of requirements in the local area.  If you would like to be involved in the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group or in any other way please contact the Clerk (details below).

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Keep an eye on our website and noticeboards for updates on the Neighbourhood Plan.  If you would like more information, or if you would like to be involved in working on the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact the Parish Clerk

You can also find out more about Neighbourhood Plans at the following websites:

http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/environment_and_planning/planning/spatial_planning/neighbourhood_planning.aspx

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/inyourarea/neighbourhood

https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/giving-communities-more-power-in-planning-local-development/supporting-pages/neighbourhood-planning

http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/

http://www.pas.gov.uk/neighbourhood-planning;jsessionid=930D64C4EF195E8A8E674AE5C67D17BC

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