Disley Parish Plan in conjunction with Disley Parish Council is conducting a survey of local rail users with a view to improving passengers’ experiences of rail travel.
Results will be used in discussions with Northern Rail, High Peak & Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership (HPHVCRP) and Passenger Focus Groups. To download a copy of the survey document please click Railway User Survey 2015
Your surveys can be handed in at Disley Parish Council Office or placed in the designated box available at Disley Station
A packed meeting of nearly 60 people at The Ram’s Head Inn, on Saturday 16th May, celebrated Disley’s successful bid for national accreditation as a walking-friendly destination. Presentations were given by David Rutley MP, Lyme Park Manager Cei Paynton, Chris Prescott (Walkers are Welcome), Tony Jackson (Disley Footpaths Society) and David Kidd (Disley Parish Council) on the positive benefits of walking, the attractions of Disley as a walking centre with excellent public transport links, and the ways in which accreditation can raise the profile of the village and increase tourism to the area.
Following the launch, four guided walks set off, each offering a ‘taster’ of the rich history and stunning landscapes that Disley has to offer. The day ended with a networking meeting with representatives from the two neighbouring Walkers are Welcome towns, New Mills and Bollington, sharing their experiences and exploring plans for joint walking festivals in future years.
Promotional leaflets were sponsored by Northern Rail, and the pubs and the café in the centre of the village all offered special Walkers are Welcome discounts on lunches throughout the afternoon. The weather was kind too!
The application for accreditation had begun a year ago, steered by Disley Footpaths Society with active support from the Parish Council and its officers, and wider support from local businesses and organisations – and from the village as a whole with nearly 400 signatures garnered for the required petition.
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Disley Parish Council recently held two public meetings, including a presentation by Tom Evans, the Spatial Planning Officer at Cheshire East Council to help inform of the possible benefits of having a Neighbourhood plan, to gauge opinion as to whether they think it would be a good thing for Disley & Newtown and whether there was sufficient interest from residents in being involved by volunteering to be a member of a steering group of what is intended to be a community led project.
These meetings were well attended and resulted in expressions of interest from residents who would be willing to volunteer to be active members of a steering group and the Parsih Council has now formally resolved to take a Neighbourhood Plan for Disley & Newtown forward.
The Neighbourhood Plan will set out the policies and vision we have for our community by:
• Setting out where development should go and its type and quality
• Giving local people greater ownership of planning policies
• Bringing the community together to share ideas and priorities for our area
• Providing a detailed evidence base to enable us to make informed decisions about our community
• Helping to raise funds and grants for our community
The Neighbourhood Plan will become part of the Statutory Development Plan for the Disley & Newtown area alongside Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan, currently being examined by a planning inspector.
You may think “what is the point” because Cheshire East has already set out its stall in the Local Plan. However, the Local Plan is a high level document and there is still a huge amount of detail to be decided, such as very important land allocation work which will decide where and what sort of development will take place.
There are 5 key stages in making the Neighbourhood Plan but there are also many other steps, including various legal processes along the way.
1 Agreeing the neighbourhood
We must first agree the area of the Plan and consult the community on that. We must then apply to the Planning Authority at Cheshire East Council to have the neighbourhood area designated. They must then publicise the application for a 6 week period and as soon as possible thereafter make a decision. You can view the proposed designated area here Disley Neighbourhood Area notification
This is the current stage of the process and we would like to request that you complete the consultation survey here
2 Preparing the Plan
This stage is about gathering evidence and engaging with the community. A project plan and budget are produced, funding applied for and a programme of publicity launched. The work usually starts with identifying broad issues, before moving on to drafting a vision and objectives, assessing alternative options and then finally preparing the planning policies. Once the draft plan is produced we must formally consult on it with the community and statutory consultees such as the Environment Agency for 6 weeks. Following any necessary
minor amendments the plan must then be submitted to Cheshire East Council’s Planning Authority along with other evidence for a further 6 weeks’ publicity period. They will check that the plan complies with various criteria including whether the correct procedures for consultation and publicity have been followed.
The Examination may take the form of written representations or a public hearing. An independent examiner will consider whether the Plan meets basic conditions, and that it complies with European obligations and national and local planning policies. The examiner will make recommendations to Cheshire East Council on whether or not the plan should proceed to referendum, subject to any modifications.
If Cheshire East Council regards the plan as satisfactory, with modifications if necessary, it will arrange for a local referendum to be held. They must publish information on the plan and give notice of the referendum. More than 50% of those voting in the referendum must vote ‘yes’ for the plan to be made.
5 The Neighbourhood Plan is Made
The neighbourhood plan comes into force and will be used by the local planning authority when deciding planning applications.
How long will the Plan take to prepare?
Normally 18 months-2 years. However, emerging plans are taken into account in important planning decisions and help to inform the development of the overarching Local Plan.
It must be stressed that a Neighbourhood Plan is not a plan to stop all development and to keep our community in a frozen state. It is a plan to deliver the development the community needs and a plan to decide where it should go. It is also a plan to decide what our community does not need and to be able to legally resist it. It is a plan put together by the community and the Parish Council, informed by trusted data about our community and its needs.
If you like to become actively involved in developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Disley please email your expression of interest to the Clerk at email@example.com
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