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Neighbourhood Plan approved at Referendum

The Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has been approved at a referendum held yesterday (14th March). The culmination of over four years of work by the Town Council and volunteer residents, the Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan for Knutsford, meaning it must be used by Cheshire East Council to make planning decisions.

2100 voters turned out to cast ballots at the referendum, representing a turnout of 19.97%. 1744 votes were cast in favour with 349 against and 7 ballot papers rejected.

Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “I am delighted that the community has given the Neighbourhood Plan the seal of approval. The plan injects Knutsford’s voice into the planning system and gives more influence to community in shaping how Knutsford will develop over the coming years.”

Developing the plan was a key strategic aim of the council and saw  hundreds of hours of volunteer, councillor and officer time dedicated to its creation since 2014.

“On behalf of the whole council, I would like to thank all the volunteers who have been involved in the working groups which helped create the policies in the plan and all the residents who have taken part in the consultations, attended meetings or asked questions that have helped shape this plan.” Adam added.


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Community heroes recognised at Town Awards

Knutsford’s community heroes were recognised at the Knutsford Town Awards, which took place at the annual town meeting on Thursday 7th March. A shortlist of nominees was invited for each category, with the winners announced live on the night.

The awards were presented by Ian Cass, managing director of the Knutsford based Town Awards sponsor the Forum of Private Business and Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The Youth Award went to Lenny Turner, Jake Phillips and Eleanor Woods for organising an annual charity concert which has raised thousands of pounds for charities.

Oliver Valves, based on Parkgate Industrial Estate received the Business Award for their continued support of local charities, most recently contributing towards the cost of a new boiler for the Welcome Café.

The Canute Lunch Club received the Community Award for their work combating loneliness through providing a weekly lunch club for the older residents of Knutsford.

A special award went to the Knutsford Air Cadets in recognition of their establishing a Marching Band in time for the 2018 Remembrance Parade.

The Welcome volunteer Beryl Jenyons received the first Civic Award in recognition of her volunteering five-days a week at the centre. Rob Walley, group leader at 2nd Knutsford Scouts received the second Civic Award for what was described by his nominations as “transformational leadership” which saw fundraising, membership and volunteering increase.

The final Civic Award went to Ronnie and John Mills for their work with Knutsford Stroke Club where they have held a number of roles for almost 30 years.

The Town Council announced the launch of a new award category, the Extra Mile award which will go to someone who is employment but goes above and beyond their duties to the benefit of the community. The inaugural award went to the council’s own Town Ranger, Bob Garner who has engendered true community though his entertaining use of twitter and we know he takes huge pride in everything he does.

Speaking at the awards, Cllr Coan said “The judging panel is always blown away by the volume and variety of nominations received and it is always humbling to read about the fantastic work that goes on in our community. Truly, as Mayor, it makes me so proud knowing that so many give so much to our town”

A gallery of photographs from the event can be found on the council’s Facebook Page:

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Town Mayor Looking Forward to his Fundraising Ball on 23 March

Knutsford Town Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan is looking forward to his Charity Ball which takes place on Saturday 23 March at The Courthouse.  The ball is the Mayor’s biggest fundraising event of the year and is on target to raise over £5,000 for the Mayors Charities: Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and The Welcome.


This has been a record-breaking year for sponsorship, and we are delighted to have the support of: Fisher German, Bentley Manchester, Bridgfords, Event Buddha, WA16:PR,  Watterson Financial Planning, Michael McDonald, Ultimate Creative Communications, VME, Packaging Automation Ltd, Eleven Recruitment, Knutsford Admin, KDR Recruitment, Elite Health, Hewitt Interiors and Knutsford Veterinary Surgery.


Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford said: “It has been great to have your support over the year, I really do hope you can continue your support by attending my premier event to raise vital funds for our very local charities.  I hope to see you there on the night for what is sure to be a fantastic evening.”


Tickets are available for the night at £48 per person for a delicious 3-course meal, arrival drink, close-up magician, Singer Alex Ashe and Decades Disco DJ.  Contact Mayor’s PA by calling Annabel on 01565 653929 or email to book your place.


Raffle tickets are on sale now for the Mayor’s Prize Draw at £2 each.  We have over 30 amazing prizes which will be drawn on the night.  Tickets are available from Knutsford Heritage Centre and the Council Offices or contact Annabel Irvine (details above).  We are grateful to all the local shops and businesses who have donated prizes for the ball.  If you would like to make a prize donation please get in touch Annabel.

Picture from L – R: Ann Coan, Mayoress of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan, Mayor of Knutsford, Ruben Pita, The CourthouseMayor

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Town Meeting and Town Awards 2019

Knutsford’s community volunteers will be recognised next week at the annual Town Awards. The awards, now in their 6th year, recognise the contributions made to the community of Knutsford including businesses, community organisations and individuals.

The awards accompany the Annual Town Meeting, an annual open meeting of the community chaired by the Town Mayor. The meeting provides an opportunity for any resident to raise any issues they believe need discussing in Knutsford.

The Town Meeting and Town Awards takes place at 7pm on Thursday 7th March in St John’s Church.

“These awards recognise the outstanding work that many in our community do for the good of Knutsford, just being shortlisted for an award is a great achievement in itself” Town Mayor Cllr Peter Coan.

The nominations were judged by a panel comprising Cllrs Peter Coan, Andrew Malloy and James Power with Town Clerk Adam Keppel-Green and award sponsor Ian Cass from the Forum of Private Business.


Youth Award

  • Jake Phillips, Lenny Turner and Eleanor Woods
  • Samuel Rees

Business Award

  • Oliver Valves
  • Living Ventures
  • Mobberley Brewhouse

Community Award

  • Canute Lunch Club
  • Knutsford Air Cadets
  • The Toy Appeal
  • League of Hospital Friends

Civic Award

  • Ronnie and John Mills
  • Rob Walley
  • Beryl Jenyons
  • Kevin Griffiths
  • Valerie Bryant
  • Bob Garner

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Neighbourhood Plan goes to Referendum

Voters in Knutsford will be going to the polls on Thursday 14th March to answer the YES/NO question: “Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”.

This referendum is the final stage of four years of work led by the Town Council to create a Neighbourhood Plan. The development of the plan has been spearheaded by a group of councillors and volunteer residents with the advice of professional planners.

The plan started life in 2014 when a public meeting was held to discuss creating a Neighbourhood Plan; a group of councillors and residents then took this forward through the council’s Neighbourhood Plan Committee. Working groups were formed to look at specific areas in detail and in total around 100 volunteers were involved in drafting the plan.

An initial consultation took place in 2016 and this was followed by further consultation in 2017 with the publication of our emerging policies. A consultation on the draft plan then took place in May 2018 when the volunteers hand delivered a summary and invitation to review the plan through every door in Knutsford.  The aim has always been to inject a community voice into the planning system.

An approved Neighbourhood Plan is a statutory planning document – applications will be expected to comply with its policies and Cheshire East Council must use the plan to make its decisions. The town is set to expand over the next decade with almost 1000 houses being allocated in the CEC Local Plan; whilst the Neighbourhood Plan cannot prevent this growth, it seeks to ensure that the development will be in keeping with and meet the needs of Knutsford.

The Neighbourhood Plan does not promote any additional loss of greenbelt or development on our green spaces.

The referendum is like an election – it’s a YES/NO question and decided by a simple majority. If the majority vote YES, the plan is immediately brought into force. If the majority vote is NO the Town Council and community representatives will have to go back to the drawing board.

The plan contains policies covering all aspects of the town: Design, Education and Community Infrastructure, Employment and Retail, Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Housing, Sports, Leisure, the Town Centre and Traffic and Transport.

You can read the full plan online at or view a copy in print at Knutsford Library. If you have any specific queries on the plan you can email

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Can you Beat the Mayor?

If you need a little something to get that grey matter working, why not head down to The Angel on King Street on Wednesday 20 February for Knutsford Town Mayor’s Charity Fun Quiz?  Starting at 7 pm, it’s just £2 per person to enter with lots of prizes on offer including a draw to win a bottle of wine just for pre-registering your team.

Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan said: “I invite you to test your trivia, and that’s not a medical term!  My thanks to Sabrina at The Angel for hosting the quiz at her pub.  We hope to see lots of you there where there will be lots of prizes to be won and all proceeds will go to the Mayor’s charities.”

All money raised from the Mayor’s fundraising this year will go to Knutsford Heritage Centre, Friends of the Moor, Knutsford Community First Responder Trust and The Welcome.

Register your team in advance by calling Annabel on 01565 653929 or email with the name of your team and number of players.  For more information visit:



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Town Awards open for Nominations

Nominations are now open for the annual Town Awards and Knutsford Town Council are encouraging everyone to nominate exceptional members of the community to be recognised for their efforts in contributing to the local community.

The Town Awards will be presented as part of the Annual Town Meeting taking place on Thursday 7th March. The Town Awards aim to highlight and celebrate both volunteers and local businesses for their dedication and contributions to benefit the community over the last year. This year’s awards will be hosted at St John the Baptist’s Church.

There are four awards categories:

  • Civic Award made to an individual (or group of individuals) who give their time to the community.
  • Business Award goes to a local business for their work engaging and contributing to the community.
  • Community Award goes to a community organisation to recognise the work they do in the community.
  • Youth Award recognises the members of our community 21 and under.

Three Civic Awards are presented by the Town Council, as well as one Business Award, one Community Award and one Youth Award. Commendations and special awards may also be made.

Knutsford based Forum of Private Business have sponsored the Town Awards since their launch in 2013 and are sponsoring the awards again this year. Ian Cass, Managing Director of the Forum, said:

“The Forum of Private Business are delighted to once again be sponsoring the Knutsford Town Awards. As a business the Forum have been part of the Knutsford community for 41 years.

We are one of the UK’s foremost business membership and support organisations and enjoy a strong working relationship with many of Knutsford’s small private businesses as well as the wider Knutsford community.

What makes Knutsford so special is the people, be it in business, charitable and volunteer work and as a supportive local community and that’s why we are delighted to be doing our bit to support our town.”

Nominations can be made online at and by nomination form which can be picked up from Knutsford Market Hall and The Welcome Café. The deadline for nominations is 31st January 2019.

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Blue Plaque for Heathfield Square

Knutsford’s first council housing development has been recognised with a Blue Plaque. Heathfield Square was built in 1922 by the Knutsford Urban District Council as part of the government’s ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ campaign. The square, off Northwich Roads features a collection of houses with detailed brickwork and is one of Knutsford’s five Conservation Areas.

The blue plaque was installed as part of Knutsford Town Council’s World War I Commemorations Programme and was ‘unveiled’ by Mayor of Knutsford, Cllr Peter Coan.

Speaking of the installation of the new plaque, Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green said “Blue plaques help bring the history of our town into everyday familiarity and the new plaque at Heathfield Square will be a reminder of the heroes who returned from the Great War, and the heroes who did not”

Heathfield Square becomes home to Knutsford’s seventeenth Blue Plaque, others include County Terrace and The Royal George Hotel, as well as the homes of Henry Royce and Alison Utley. The Town Council launched a blue plaque scheme in 2015 and has since installed seven new plaques. Nominations for new blue plaques, and the details of existing plaques, can be found here.

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Christmas Window Competition

The winners of Knutsford Christmas Window Competition were presented with their Certificates and a trophy for the overall winner by the Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan on Thursday 13th December.

Each year both the standard and number of entries continues to get higher and higher, entries from a range of retailers and businesses, including; Clarity Contemporary Jewellers, Gerald’s the Jewellers, White Orchid, Mr Simms and Clare and Illingworth. This year the winner was Cohens the Chemist, second place was Lockton’s the Hairdressers and third place Pulse of Perfumery.

The Mayor, Cllr Peter Coan said “It is wonderful to see so many shops, restaurants and businesses getting into the Christmas spirit and joining in this competition.  Congratulations to the three worthy winners and to everyone who made the effort to add some Christmas sparkle to our town.  We know it is a busy time of year for all and we are grateful for the time and effort given to these wonderful displays.  Of course, the true winners are the visitors and residents of Knutsford who get to enjoy the lovely displays”.

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Neighbourhood Plan Examination

The examination of the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan has now commenced, following a six week consultation.

In a letter from the appointed inspector, Andy Mead, it has been confirmed that the examination will be undertaken by written representations and a hearing is unlikely. The Inspector is aiming to issue his draft report withing 4-6 weeks.

You can view the Inspector’s letter here: Inspector’s Letter to Knutsford Town Council.

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