Full steam ahead for Neighbourhood Plan

Community volunteers are on track to deliver a Neighbourhood Plan for Knutsford in 2018. The Neighbourhood Plan, led by Knutsford Town Council but driven by community volunteers, held a successful consultation on its emerging policies in November/December and is now moving ‘full steam ahead’ to get the plan submitted to Cheshire East Council this year.

614 residents completed the emerging policies consultation with an additional 200 visiting one of the exhibition events held across Town and at the Christmas Market. Ten consultation respondents were drawn to win one of the £75 cash prizes. The winners were; Val Edwards, Sharon Ilman, Zoe Whittington, Zoe Cooper, Helen Gilbert, Paul Langley, L Carrasco, Beverley Hill and C Moore. Beverley Hill did not provide her adders and the Council is awaiting her to come forward for her prize.

Feedback from the consultation indicated broad support for the emerging policies, with consultants Urban Imprint having issues the Town Council with a series of recommended changes ready for the next stage of developing the plan.

“This consultation was about the ideas we had for policies, the next stage is about adding the meat to the bones”, said Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Green.

Volunteers working on the plan are currently reviewing these proposed changes and will be agreeing the final emerging policies at the end of February before work producing the full draft policies begins, with a tight target of reaching agreement on the draft policies by April when the community will get a say on the detail.

“Producing a Neighbourhood Plan is a key ambition for the Town Council and we are indebted to the support from both the volunteers directly working on our policies and behind the scenes gathering evidence and the residents who took the time to complete our survey for visit us at the Christmas Market” Adam added.

“The plan really starts to come together now, and it is full steam ahead to developing the first draft of the Neighbourhood Plan for consultation in April/May and hopefully having a referendum on its adoption in late 2018”.

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