Chaddesley Corbett could make history later this year as the parish looks set to become the first in Worcestershire to take part in a Neighbourhood Plan referendum. Chaddesley Corbett Parish residents, who are on the register of electors, would be asked to vote on whether they wish the Plan to come into force and be used by the Council in determining planning applications.
Chaddesley Corbett Parish Council has been working with the District Council to prepare the Neighbourhood Plan since being awarded a £20,000 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government in March 2012. Neighbourhood Plans are part of a package of measures introduced by central Government to allow communities more say in the development that takes place in their area. The plans can set out policies to guide development as well as allocating sites for specific uses.
Within the context of the Green Belt which washes over the Parish, the Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan provides specific details on the type of housing that can be built within the Parish and sets out policies to guide the design of development and retain the characteristics of the Parish. It allocates the former School site in the village centre for a mix of uses including housing to meet local needs, open space and an extension to the burial ground. It also safeguards the old Grammar School building for community uses.
Their plan was independently examined in June this year and the examiner recommended that subject to some modifications the plan should proceed to referendum.
Parish Councillor David Thomas, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group said:
‘’The Parish Council is delighted that the Plan has been approved by an independent examiner. Neighbourhood Plans are a relatively new planning initiative. Passing the examination is a significant achievement and is testament to the dedication of the steering group and working group members who have volunteered time to this project. The Plan builds on the earlier Parish Plan and Village Design Statement. ’’
Wyre Forest District Council will formally consider the examiner’s report at its Cabinet Meeting on Tuesday 22 July. If approved, the referendum will be held during September 2014.
District Councillor John-Paul Campion, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said:
“The District Council welcomes the Examiner’s Report and its recommendations. The Parish Council has undertaken a significant task in preparing the Neighbourhood Plan and the District Council offers congratulations to them on reaching this significant milestone in the Neighbourhood Planning process.’’
Further information, including the Examiner’s Report, can be viewed on the Neighbourhood Planning webpage