NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - PROGRESS UPDATE
THE NEWHALL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN HAS NOW MOVED ON TO THE NEXT STAGE...
First of all, THANK YOU to everyone who gave us their feedback about the neighbourhood plan. We had a great response with over 130 comments being received, and the vast majority of respondents being in support of the plan.
Each of the comments received were analysed both by the Neighbourhood Plan team and an independent expert, and were used to amend, strengthen and give clarity to policies in the plan where necessary.
The updated plan, and details of the comments received, responses and changes made to it, are available on the Documents page of this website:
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What stage are we at?
The amended plan - with detailed supporting documents - has been submitted to Cheshire East and is now at the ‘Regulation 16’ stage. Details can be found on the Cheshire East website:
What happens next?
Cheshire East now carry out their own consultation on the plan, which is then checked by an independent examiner who will visit Newhall parish as part of their review, and make comments on the policies in the plan. This process ensures our plan conforms with National as well as Cheshire East policy - and that it is well balanced in terms of value to the community. Feedback from the examiner will likely result in further changes being made to the plan.
Once the final version of the plan is published, a formal referendum is held - run by Cheshire East - where all residents of Newhall Parish (who are eligible to vote) get the opportunity to vote to accept or reject the plan. If a majority vote to accept the plan, it is adopted and it’s policies must be taken into account by Cheshire East when considering planning applications in the parish.
How long will this all take?
It’s difficult to forecast exactly how long the next steps will take, but we hope to reach the referendum stage in December 2019/January 2020, with the plan being adopted from the date of the referendum.