If you would like to comment on any aspect of the Neighbourhood Plan or would like to get involved with the Steering Group, please email to: NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FEEDBACK
HOUSING NEEDS SURVEY AND BUSINESS SURVEY REPORTS AVAILABLE
The Disley and Newtown Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have now collated the results of the recent Housing Needs Survey and the final report is available to view HERE
The results of the Business Survey are available to view HERE.
There is due to be a public presentation of the results early in 2017 and details of this event are due to follow shortly.
The Steering Group would like to thank all those residents who took the time to complete the questionnaires.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN STEERING GROUP (NPSG)
27TH OCTOBER 2016
The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) would like to thank all residents who completed the recent Housing Needs Survey. We have received over 300 responses and are now analysing the valuable data provided. The NPSG are planning to present the results of the survey to the community. More details of this presentation will be announced soon.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN VISION AND OBJECTIVES
The Neighbourhood Plan Vision and Objectives are now available to view HERE
If you have any comments to make on these, please contact the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group at email@example.com
OUTLINE SLIDES FROM THE NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN EXHIBITION ARE NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW HERE:
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE EMAILED A FULL SET OF EXHIBITION SLIDES, PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH COUNCIL AT:
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN GROUP TO PRESENT SURVEY RESULTS ON SATURDAY JUNE 25TH JUNE 2016.
The questionnaires completed by Disley and Newtown residents have now all been analysed and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) is due to present the results on Saturday June 25th 2016 from 1.00 to 5.00pm at Disley Community Centre.
What do you think are the top five most important features and amenities for life in Disley and Newtown? How satisfied are you with current amenities and facilities in our village? What aspects are most important for the future of village life in Disley and Newtown? How do your opinions compare with those of other residents? All these questions and more will be answered at the presentation.
The Steering Group has prepared a vision of Disley and Newtown’s future based on the feedback from the questionnaires and the presentation day will be a great chance to comment on this vision. The day will be all about opinions and the Steering Group need to know if anything has been missed out and what residents think. The Neighbourhood Plan matters to everyone in Disley and Newtown so please come along and tell the group your views.
The Steering Group is keen to recruit more volunteers to help them complete the plan. There is still much to be done and details of the next steps in the process with be discussed on the day. This is an opportunity to make a valuable contribution to our community, to make new friends and learn new skills. Volunteering is viewed very positively by employers and could even enhance career prospects.
The Steering Group has also announced the launch of its FACEBOOK page recently which contains all the latest NP news and allows residents to stay in touch and have their say. This can be found at: www.facebook.com/disleyplan/
The Background to the Neighbourhood Plan
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.
5The 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