BACKGROUND AND AIMS
The Town Council started work on a Neighbourhood Plan for Winsford (WNP) in early 2012.
The primary aim of the WNP was to set out a vision for the future of the town.
To support this primary aim, a number of policies were to be a part of the WNP including: –
- Where new development should go
- What sort of social and leisure facilities need to be provided
- What improvements are needed in the town
The vision developed as a result of this process was “To Make Winsford a Better Place to Live, Work and Visit”.
CONSULTATION AND EXAMINATION
Many local people were involved in producing the Plan and provided the Town Council with great ideas and useful comments as part of a formal consultation period which ran from 26th November 2012 to 21st January 2013 (extended to 4th February 2013).
A full draft Neighbourhood Plan was then produced which was considered by Winsford Town Council on 15th April 2013.
The Town Council agreed that the Plan be submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) on 15th July 2013 for CWAC to check that it met certain conditions and conformed to relevant Strategic Planning Documents including the emerging Local Plan. The Plan was duly submitted to CWAC on this date.
The next stage of the process was the Publication Stage which was conducted by CWAC and ran from 15th July 2013 until 5pm on Monday 16th September 2013. At its meeting on 21st October 2013 the Town Council considered representations received during the Publication Stage and agreed to allow the Plan to go forward to Independent Examination.
The Independent Examiner’s report is available to download here
On 3rd September 2014 the Examiner’s report was considered at a meeting of the Cheshire West and Chester Council Executive, where it was decided that minor modifications should be made to the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan, as set out in the examiner’s report, and that the plan proceed to a public referendum.
The WNP referendum was on Thursday 23 October 2014. The result of the referendum was 69% in favour and 31% against, based on the question: –
“Do you want Cheshire West and Chester Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for the Winsford area to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
The referendum’s ‘yes’ vote means the Winsford Neighbourhood Plan – formally ‘made’ by Cheshire West and Chester Council on 19th November 2014 – has to be taken into account in local planning decisions.
WINSFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
The modified Neighbourhood Plan Document is available from the Document Downloads section on this page.
Copies are also available for inspection at the Town Council Offices in Wyvern House and at both Winsford Libraries.
Also available is a Decision Statement, setting out the nature of the changes made to the Neighborhood Plan and the following specified documents including:
- A summary of the representations submitted to the examiner (Publicity Stage Responses)
- Basic Compliance & Provisions Statement by the Council
- Examiners Report 30.07.2014
- General Information Statement setting out information about Town and Country planning, neighborhood planning and the referendum (General Information Statement).
The Council is grateful to have received a grant from the Community Development Foundation under its Supporting Communities in Neighborhood Planning Programme.
You can view the Plan and supporting documents, and submit comments, on the Cheshire West and Chester Council consultation portal at www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
For more information on the Neighbourhood Plan please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01244 973201
You may also be interested in the other documents that support the Plan. These can be downloaded from the Supporting Documents section on this page..
The Document Archive section on this page gives you access to historical documents pertaining to the Neighborhood Plan, these are also available to download by simply clicking on the document you wish to download.