Neighbourhhood Plan: update on progress

22 Feb 2016: Update from the Neighbourhood Plan committee:

Quite a lot has being going on this year so far. The NP committee members, together with volunteers from the village, have been working on the Objectives and Policies for the plan. We are basing these on the results from the village questionnaire at the end of last year, as well as the open sessions we held in the village hall.  The Policies are at the ‘heart’ of the Neighbourhood Plan.  We have had lots of debate and have now produced a draft which we are discussing with our professional advisors (Cheshire Community Action).  The Objectives and Policies will remain a draft for the time-being as we have several other pieces of work in progress which will provide additional input.  When these studies are complete we are planning to hold some more consultations with residents to ensure that the Policies reflect your views.

  • Housing Needs:  Cheshire East Council have produced a Housing Advice Note for us, specifically for Goostrey Parish.  This provides the raw data which we can use to determine the future housing requirements for Goostrey in the period up until 2030.  The data needs to be overlaid with the CEC Local Plan Policies and the NPPF (the UK Government’s National Planning Policy Framework), as well as local views and constraints, so that our conclusions will be soundly based.
  • Landscape and Villagescape Characterisation:  Using all the data and photos that have been collected by volunteers, we are now working with consultants from E*Scape to help us group these into similar areas and document the characteristics which are important to the future appearance of Goostrey Parish.  This is funded by a grant we have obtained from the government.
  • Wildlife:  We have commissioned a study by Cheshire Wildlife Trust which will provide us with environmental and biodiversity information.  It will include habitat distinctiveness areas, core sites for nature conservation and wildlife corridors recommended for protection.  This is also funded by a government grant.
  • Potential Sites for development:  We are looking at the process for including potential sites for development in the Neighbourhood Plan.  The benefit of doing this is that the village can have a say on where we would prefer any new development to go.  There are a number of stages to go through including consultation with relevant groups and we will keep you informed on this.
  • Footpaths:  The Goostrey Footpaths Group have kindly supplied us with their views on future possibilities and considerations for the NP.

As well as these studies we have attended several meetings hosted by Holmes Chapel Parish Council with the Neighbourhood Plan teams from surrounding parishes.  This is proving helpful in discussing the shared infrastructure that we all use in Holmes Chapel (for example the Health Centre and the Secondary School as well as the roads and parking) all of which is under increasing pressure.  We are also sharing information on progress.  Tom Evans from CEC and Les Gilbert, CEC Ward Councillor have provided updates at some of these meetings.

We are keeping a close eye on the progress of other Neighbourhood Plans across Cheshire East, many of which are now reaching the Examination and Referendum stages.  We attended the Public Examination of the Brereton NP and we will apply what we have learned from this and other NP’s to our own NP for Goostrey.

We are keeping a close eye on the progress of other Neighbourhood Plans across Cheshire East, many of which are now reaching the Examination and Referendum stages.  We attended the Public Examination of the Brereton NP and we will apply what we have learned from this and other NP’s to our own NP for Goostrey.

We hope this gives you useful information on our progress.  Lastly we are always interested in photos of Goostrey, so do send them to us (catherine.goostreynp@gmail.com) and we will publish them on the website.  February 22 2016 Goostrey Neighbourhhood Plan Steering Group

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