Somerford Neighbourhood Plan – Planning for our Future
The Localism Act 2011 introduced a new right for communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan. This allows local communities to play a more positive role in the planning decisions for their area.
The process was started by Somerford Parish Council in November 2014 who after consulting the parish about creating a neighbourhood plan appointed a steering group to take the process forward.
The steering group consists of Parish Council members and local residents.
The whole process should identify and reflect what the community want and with that in mind the Somerford Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group made a decision to consult with residents on each stage of the process. The first step taken was a questionnaire to find out what issues concerned people followed by a meeting where people were again asked what were the issues of greatest concern to them. This was then followed up with a survey to see which of these issues were of concern to a lot of people.
From the results of the survey objectives were written and again a meeting was held and residents invited to examine the draft objectives and to have a tea and cake. This was to make sure that the steering group had understood the issues and raised the correct objectives to address these issues.
The next step will be to write Policies and again to consult on these. Then the final step will be to put together the whole neighbourhood plan with the policies and the evidence of how these were reached and all other supporting documentation needed.
The steering group has also consulted with other local organizations including businesses, schools and landowners.
After the completed Somerford Neighbourhood Plan has been shown to the residents and any amendments made it is then passed over to Cheshire East Council who then appoint an Independent Examiner and then a referendum is held. If more than 50% of the people who take part in the referendum vote ‘yes’ the neighbourhood plan is ‘made’ that is it is adopted and becomes part of the Local Plan.
If anyone would like to help in the process please get in touch.