Cheshire East Council has designated the Neighbourhood Area for the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan.
An application to designate the area was submitted by Knutsford Town Council in December 2014 and approval will enable it to prepare a neighbourhood plan with formal statutory powers. Once completed the plan will be adopted by Cheshire East Council and form part of the Development Plan for the Borough. The policies eventually held in the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan will be used for decision making purposes within the parish along side those other relevant policies form the Cheshire East Development Plan.
This is the first major step towards establishing a Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford.
Cllr Tony Dean, chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, said: “The Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee is pleased that our Area Application has been approved by Cheshire East Council.”
“We are now moving on to set up working groups to produce the outline of the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan under the various headings in our scoping document, and we’ll continue to consult residents as we go through the various stages of the process.”
Knutsford Town Council has submitted the application for designation of the Neighbourhood Area. The applied area is the Parish Boundary
The area applied for is the existing administrative and political boundary of Knutsford Town, familiar to residents, neighbours and the Local Planning Authority, Cheshire East Council. The proposed area is appropriate in spatial terms – the area does subdivide one proposed development site at Northwest Knutsford at Northwich road to the west of the town. The site is identified in the emerging Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy and anticipated to be delivered toward the middle and end of the plan period. This site falls within both Knutsford Parish and Tabley Superior Parish. Given the location of the site across two parishes, Knutsford Town Council will seek the views of Tabley Superior Parish Council on future neighbourhood planning issues and in particular issues that may affect the delivery of this site.
Beyond this issue, the proposed neighbourhood area does not overlap an existing neighbourhood area or include land within another parish.
The Town Council has held a public meeting which gave support to a Neighbourhood Plan and a subsequent meeting with representatives of community organisations where it was agreed that the best boundary for a neighbourhood plan was the Parish Boundary.
The area includes land already considered under a number of previous initiatives including the Knutsford Town Plan, Knutsford Town Strategy and the Cheshire East Local Plan. Consequently there is a library of research and evidence available which is appropriate for the production of a neighbourhood plan within this proposed neighbourhood area.
Cheshire East Council is holding a six week consultation to seek representations on the proposed Neighbourhood Area for Knutsford parish. The consultation will run from 16th December 2014 until 30th January 2015.
Comments can be submitted to email@example.com, or in writing to: Spatial Planning, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, CW11 1HZ.
Please be aware that all comments received will be made publicly available.