Town Council to Launch Neston Neighbourhood Plan
|Published: 16th May 2012 11:48|
Neston has been chosen as one of the local 'front runners' to produce its own Neighbourhood Plan. Residents are encouraged to come to an open day at the Town Hall to find out more.
At the Annual Town meeting held on Tuesday May 15th, the Mayor of Neston, Cllr Martin Barker, announced: "We are very pleased that Neston has been chosen to have front runner status in the development of a neighbourhood plan. Preparation of the neighbourhood plan will be supported by a grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government."
The desirability of towns and parishes to have a neighbourhood plan is a consequence of the recent Localism Bill, having such a plan allows local communities to shape the future of their town and ensure development is both sustainable and conforms to an agreed pattern.
One of the requirements of a neighbourhood plan is that the community are engaged as widely as possible in drawing up the plan and the final document will be subject to review by a government inspector and then a referendum in the town. It is also a requirement that the neighbourhood plan is in line with the CWaC Local Development plan being drawn up by Cheshire West for the whole borough. Any future planning applications will be judged against both documents.
To start the process Neston Town Council will be holding a launch event in the Town Hall on June 15th from 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. to give the general public the chance to submit their views, meet councillors, volunteer to assist and review the data we hold on the town.
The next step will be to set up a number of task groups to study various aspects of the plan. It is planned to set up these task groups at a meeting in the United Reformed Church hall in Moorside Lane at 7.30 p.m. on June 21st.
These nine groups will be:
- Housing Development
- Quality of Life
- Economic Development
- Young People
- Heath and Wellbeing
Full details of the requirements and preparation of the neighbourhood plan will be given at the meeting on June 21st to which all residents are invited. Invitations are also being sent to businesses and organisations throughout Neston.
It is hoped that residents will volunteer to join one or more of the task groups relevant to their interests and be instrumental in shaping the future of Neston.