WELCOME TO THE WICKERSLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
In September 2017 Wickersley Parish Council decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the entire civic parish area. Wickersley is a popular place to live, work and visit and, as a result is subject to considerable pressures for new housing development and changes to the village centre. Therefore, it was considered important for the local community to have the opportunity to produce a plan that would help ensure that Wickersley develops in the future in a way that reflects the aspirations of local people and the particular characteristics of Wickersley.
The Neighbourhood Plan has to comply with national planning guidance and the Rotherham Local Plan. This means that it cannot determine the amount of housing to be built in Wickersley. However, it can influence the type, design, style and size of housing that Wickersley receives so that it responds to the needs of local people. It can also influence the mix of uses in the village centre and cover issues such as heritage, open spaces, community facilities and local economic development. In this way, it will ensure that the particular needs and character of Wickersley are respected.
The Neighbourhood Plan has to be taken into account when planning applications are considered by Rotherham MBC so it will be an important document. See how the plan is developing here.
While the Parish Council will have overall responsibility for producing the plan, it is very important that it reflects the views and aspirations of the whole community. Following initial publicity in the autumn, a Steering Group was set up to oversee the plan preparation. This includes community representatives as well as Parish Councillors. A planning and design consultancy, Integreat Plus has also been appointed to provide expert help, and a government grant has been received to pay for this.
THANK YOU FOR HAVING YOUR SAY
Evidence gathered during the consultation period is now being used to develop local policies and design guidance. Once a draft plan has been produced, it will go out for a 6 week consultation period before submission to Rotherham MBC. The plan is then subject to an independent examination and if the examiner recommends that the plan can proceed there will be a referendum of the local community. It will then be adopted if the majority vote in favour.
Preparation of the plan is a fairly lengthy process but we hope to have a Wickersley Neighbourhood Plan in force before the end of 2019. See the Neighbourhood Plan Journey which highlights the stages the plan will go through in the coming months.
A further drop-in session was held on Saturday 9th February at the Community Centre to report back on the results of the surveys of residents and businesses undertaken last year. Your views have helped us to develop policies that will be included in a draft...
Drop In Event Thank you to all who attended the drop in event for our Neighbourhood Plan on Saturday 7th July. It was very well attended. If anyone wishes to contact the Neighbourhood Plan committee please use the contact form on this website. Link here.
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