Knutsford’s journey to a Neighbourhood Plan has made a leap forward as the first full draft plan has been published by the Town Council for public consultation.
The draft plan is the culmination of hundreds of hours of work by councillors and volunteers from the community who have been working on the plan since 2014. The plan deals with a range of land use issues in Knutsford across core themes spanning everything from traffic and education to housing and sports.
Monday (21st May) saw the start of the formal regulation 14 consultation on the draft plan and residents, local businesses and other stakeholders are invited to review the plan and provide feedback. The plan, and a suite of supporting documents and evidence, can be found online at www.knutsfordnp.org.uk.
To support the consultation the Town Council has produced an eight-page summary document which is being delivered to every home in Knutsford by a team of volunteers as well as a series of supporting events.
The Town Council is hosting three themed events which will examine different areas of the plan in detail. The events, at Knutsford Methodist Church from 7pm to 9pm over the next three weeks, offer an opportunity to hear about aspects of the plan and discuss issues with the council’s planning advisers, Urban Imprint.
|Weds 30th May||Supporting Infrastructure||Focus on Transport, Sports and Leisure, Health, Community and Education
|Weds 6th June||Creating Places||Focus on Design, Heritage, Environment, Open Spaces and the Town Centre
|Thurs 14th June||Meeting Local Needs||Focus on Housing and Employment|
Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Cllr Stewart Gardiner, is encouraging all residents to engage in the consultation process as he said “It is your chance to help preserve the character of our historic Town, whilst ensuring that any new developments seek to compliment all that Knutsford offers the residents of today, whilst helping to meet the aspirations of the current younger generation and those to come”
Hard copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan can be accessed at the Library, Council Offices, Market Hall and Welcome Café. The consultation runs until Monday 2nd July.