Consultation Events

The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan has started a consultation on its Emerging Policies.

Following its Initial Questionnaire last year the group have been working to interpret the information that it gleaned from the 1200 responses and to determine the areas in which the Neighbourhood Plan could legitimately address.

The Emerging Policies Document which can now be found by clicking on the link below

sets out a Vision and set of Objectives for the Neighbourhood Plan and then specifies the more detailed topics where Planning Policy could be used to address issues raised.

The purpose of the consultation is to determine whether the group has identified the planning priorities highlighted by the public via the Initial Questionnaire and to clarify if each of the proposed Vision, Objectives and Suggested Policy Areas are broadly in line with public opinion.

Whilst the public are encouraged to visit the website and to complete the survey the group will be holding a number of open drop–in events over the next couple of months to encourage residents and businesses to talk to members of the group, to examine the Emerging Policies Document in greater detail and to indicate their support or opposition to the individual elements.

The first two drop in events are confirmed as

The Wilmslow Show, Neighbourhood Plan Stall – Sunday 9 July anytime between 11am and 5pm

United Reformed Church, Meeting Rooms – Tuesday 11 July anytime between 7pm and 9pm


Brian Donohue, Chairman of the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan Group said

“The Neighbourhood Plan will be a vital tool in helping to shape Wilmslow into the place that residents want it to be over the next 15-20 years. We were delighted by how many people responded to our Initial Questionnaire and it is equally important that the public now let us know if we are on the right track, we very much hope that people will come along to our informal drop-in events or to visit our website”

Consultation on Emerging Policies Document

Following the initial consultation in 2016, the Neighbourhood Plan Group has prepared the Emerging Policies Document which contains potential policy areas and aspirations.

Click on the Have Your Say menu item for the document and online survey.




Working groups set up to develop draft policies

Following the analysis of the initial questionnaire feedback that identified the aspects of greatest importance to Wilmslow Residents, the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has created four working groups to develop draft policies.

The working groups

  • Residential / Urban Design
  • Town Centre / Commercial / Retail and Business / Leisure (built environment)
  • Open Space / Leisure (open space) / Environment / Heritage
  • Transport / Access / Infrastructure

have already started working with consultants’ Urban Imprint’ to develop a range of draft policies and objectives that can then be consulted upon with the public.

Neighbourhood Plan Group complimented on quality of initial questionnaire

The Initial survey data collected from the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire has been described as a “Very rich dataset, with significant potential to help inform the Neighbourhood Plan”

This was the opinion of an independent academic working in a pro bono capacity to glean a fuller understanding of the information collected and, in doing so, to help the Neighbourhood Plan team to focus on draft policy areas.

The importance of the environment featured very significant in the data set and the ‘Word Cloud’ above has been used to emphasis the frequency of the text used by residents when commenting on this category. The bigger the word text, the more frequently used.

The Town Centre also attracted many comments and the ‘Word Cloud’ above again is a useful tool in visually highlighting the text used by residents.


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