The Neighbourhood Plan website is now live and will be used for all future posts on the plan.
Update August 2020
The Neighbourhood Plan has been in ‘hibernation’ for a couple of years because of uncertainty surrounding Newcastle and Stoke’s Joint Local Plan. The Neighbourhood Plan needs to be passed by the local authority and without some idea of their direction of travel with regard to housing, it was impossible for us to proceed with our own housing policy. The JLP is now moving again and a public consultation regarding the draft has allowed us to move forward. We secured funding from Locality and employed Urban Vision as our consultants. They recommended a simplification and restructuring of our draft plan and a reduction in the number of policies. We have made good progress and are now finalising the policies. We have also received funding for help from AECOM in developing design codes for housing.
Joint Local Plan
Following the restart of the Joint Local Plan, Keele and Silverdale Parish Councils attended a series of workshops on Newcastle’s plans, as the landowner of the Keele Golf Course, to develop the site for around 1000 new homes. Both Councils were unable to endorse the plan as it stood and had a variety of concerns including the sustainability of such a development and its impact on local services. We await the publication of the draft JLP which is scheduled for the Autumn.
Further information is available on the Neighbourhood Plan Website.
Legislation was introduced and funding provided to allow local communities to develop their own detailed plans to complement local authority planning. Chapel and Hill Chorlton, Maer and Aston and Whitmore parishes and Loggerheads parish have already formed Neighbourhood Planning groups and are actively developing their plans. NuLBC are appointing an officer to assist with the development of such plans which are approved by independent assessors and are binding upon local authorities.
A Neighbourhood Plan can:
- Decide where and what type of development should happen in the neighbourhood.
- Promote more development than is set out in the Local Plan.
- Include policies, for example regarding design standards, that take precedence over existing policies in the Local Plan for the neighbourhood – provided the Neighbourhood Plan policies do not conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan. In our case, developing a Neighbourhood Plan should allow us to contribute more meaningfully to the development of the Joint Local Plan
A Neighbourhood Plan cannot:
- Conflict with the strategic policies in the Local Plan prepared by the local planning authority.
- Be used to prevent development that is included in the Local Plan.
- Be prepared by a body other than a parish or town council or a neighbourhood forum.
The link above leads to a detailed resource from the Campaign for Rural England.
We need to decide whether we want to develop a Neighbourhood Plan, thir process will begin at the meeting on Wednesday 27th April. We will then need to:
- Recruit volunteers
- Consult with the community about its needs.
- Develop a vision and objectives
- Develop options for the draft plan
- Develop a draft plan
- Consult , revise as necessary and submit to the local authority
- Submit the plan for independent examination
- The plan is adopted
This process typically takes around two years to complete.