The original plan was submitted for examination in April 2016 but, following feedback from the Examiner, the Plan was subsequently withdrawn to allow for further investigations into any environmental impact the Plan may have.
Over the next 8 weeks residents and interested parties will be able to have their say on the resubmitted draft Plan. It will then be considered by an independent examiner.
The draft Plan sets out policies to guide development within the Parish. It suggests 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.
The Parish Council has been working with Wyre Forest District over the past three years to progress the Neighbourhood Plan. After the consultation, the draft Neighbourhood Plan will be examined by an independent examiner. This is due to take place in January/February 2017. The examiner will look at things such as whether the plan is based on sound evidence and whether it meets legal requirements. They can suggest amendments to it.
There would also need to be a referendum in the Parish to ask residents if they would like the Plan to come into force and be used by the District Council when determining planning applications. It is thought this will take place in Spring 2017.
Councillor Ian Hardiman, Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Regeneration said:
“Neighbourhood Planning is intended to enable local communities to have a major say in shaping development in their area. It allows local people to get the right type of development for their community and also meets the needs of the wider area. We have been working with Churchill and Blakedown Parish Council throughout this process and would welcome comments on the Draft Neighbourhood Plan.”
The consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan runs until 9am on Wednesday 25 January 2017. Further information and details on how to comment is available from www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning.