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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Disley Parish Council would like to invite you to a further presentation of the plans for the proposed redevelopment of Disley Community Centre and Library which is being held on Thursday 5th March at 7.00pm in the Community Hall. Following the last presentation in December several revisions to the plans have been made as a result of comments made by residents and the Parish Council is now hoping to move forward with this project starting with a Planning Application to Cheshire East Council.
After nearly 7 years of serving the Disley Community, PCSO Chris Jackson will be moving on to pastures new in the middle of March 2015. For the past 6 months as well as fulfilling his PCSO role Chris has been studying and taking exams in order to become a Police Officer for Cheshire Police. To Chris’s delight he has passed his exams and has been offered a role as a police officer within Cheshire Police.
Chris says ‘I have enjoyed every moment working in Disley but felt after 7 years it was the right time to progress my career within the police force. Myself along with PCSO Andrea Garcia were the very first PCSO’s to arrive in Disley all those years ago and as a community you welcomed us with open arms and made us instantly feel part of your Village. Within the past 7 years I have dealt with a huge range of jobs, each one enabling me to meet and get to know someone new in the village. I strongly believe this has given me the core values which have enabled me to make the progression to become a Police officer, so Thank You.
Your village is made up of truly wonderful people with community groups like PRIDE, Cuppa ‘ana’ chat, Disley Footpath Society and many more who day in day out volunteer their time in making sure Disley reaches its potential and for that all of the village should be extremely proud. I would like to thank Disley Parish Council for whom I have worked very closely with, for all of their continued support over the past 7 years, there is no doubt that without them PCSO’s wouldn’t have been introduced to your village. The Parish Council is made up of remarkable people who volunteer so much of their time in helping local issues and continuing to make Disley such an attractive place to live, If my next area has half of the amount of enthusiasm of Disley Parish Council then I’ll be extremely happy.’
Chris Jackson’s replacement will be PCSO Alex Simpson who has been serving the Poynton community for the past six months. After hearing about the opportunity to work in Disley, Alex jumped at the chance to work in such a community minded village. Alex will be working with Chris over the next few weeks getting to know the community and groups within the village before Chris’s departure. We would like to thank Chris for all his work in helping to make Disley & Newtown such a safe place to live and wish him all the very best in the next chapter of his career with Cheshire Constabulary. We would also like to welcome PCSO Alex to the village; we are very confident that he will carry on the great community work that Chris has
Chris will be holding his final regular surgeries at the Community Centre on the following dates:
Saturday 14th February 1100-1200
Saturday 28th February 1100-1200
Saturday 7th March 1100-1200
You can get also regular updates from Disley Police on Twitter @DisleyNPT or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/disleypolice
Disley resident Phill Brown was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours and he went to Buckingham Palace last week for his Investiture with Prince Charles. Phill received the honour in recognition of his contribution to business in the North West. He has been responsible for creating over 150 new apprenticeships in construction related trades and works hard to create employment opportunities for the disadvantaged as well as running his own company, Benchmark Building Supplies. Phill’s proud family, wife Helen, mother Margaret and daughter Megan pictured here and his three sons Tom, Matthew and George all travelled to London to join in the celebrations.
Congratulations to Phill on this thoroughly well-deserved honour!
Disley’s bid to become a full member of this UK-wide national accreditation scheme has been successful! Our application (commended for its excellence) was submitted on behalf of the village by Disley Footpaths Society with active support from Disley Parish Council, and with further support from David Rutley MP, Cllr Harold Davenport, Cheshire East Council’s Countryside Access team, Lyme Park, Peak & Northern Footpaths Society, the Canal & River Trust and Disley Probus, and backed up by a petition signed by nearly 400 Disley & Newtown residents and visitors. Local businesses, pubs and other local groups also helped in garnering the signatures. So – thank you to everyone who contributed to our successful bid. Achieving this status will we think bring benefits to local residents and the business community alike. Above all, it will enable us to be part of a wider campaign to secure better facilities for walkers, the continued maintenance of our public footpaths, the development of way-marked trails and better access to the village by public transport.
For further information about the scheme, see http://www.walkersarewelcome.org.uk or contact Tony Jackson at email@example.com.
We will launch the scheme officially in the spring – on SATURDAY 16th MAY 2015 – and will be joined by fellow WAW members from Bollington and New Mills. More details soon. Watch this space
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