A Neighbourhood Plan is a Statutory planning document which enables local residents to guide future developments in the area in which they live.

It is a formal planning document and must be considered in the determination of any planning applications received within the area boundary.  However, the Neighbourhood Plan must be in general conformity with and cannot override the Cheshire East Local Plan when this is adopted.

The Neighbourhood Plan for Wilmslow is being prepared by Wilmslow residents and is sponsored by Wilmslow Town Council (which also has representation on the Steering Group).

The Government has laid out the process by which a Neighbourhood Plan must be developed.  The first stage is an initial consultation to understand the key issues in the town.  This enables the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group to develop a high-level vision and draft policies.  The Steering Group must then undertake detailed consultation on the vision and policies.  The Steering Group will then write the detailed Plan, which will be reviewed by an independent examiner potentially in a public forum.

When the examiner is satisfied with the draft plan, they recommend the plan is put to a referendum. The referendum is a voting process involving residents and other eligible groups. If a majority of all voters agree with the content of the plan it then becomes the formal Neighbourhood Plan for the area.

Further information on the procedure has been produced by the Government and can be accessed here.

The Stages to Develop the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan

22nd April 2016 until 14th June 2016

Stage: Consultation on the Neighbourhood Area

June 2016

Stage: Confirmation of the Area Designation

18th June 2016 until 31st July 2016

Stage: Launch of the Initial Consultation Process

Autumn 2016 until Spring 2017

Stage: Steering Group will review the feedback from the Initial Consultation Process; and produce an 'Emerging Policies Document'

Summer 2017

Stage: Launch of the Second Consultation Process

Autumn 2017 until Spring 2018

Stage: Steering Group will review the feedback from the second consultation process and will draft the Neighbourhood Plan

How you can take part

Look out for the formal consultation on the draft Plan Spring 2018

Autumn / Winter 2018

Stage: The Independent Examiner will review the Neighbourhood Plan

Winter 2018/ Spring 2019

Stage: Pre-Referendum information will be distributed

How you can take part

Look out and consider the information

Spring 2019

Stage: The Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

How you can take part

Vote in the Referendum

Summer 2019

Stage: The Neighbourhood Plan is ‘made’ and becomes part of the statutory development plan for Cheshire East Council.