Churchill and Blakedown residents may soon be able to influence where developments go in the Parish.
The Parish Council has formally submitted its Draft Neighbourhood Plan to Wyre Forest District Council. Over the next 6 weeks residents and interested parties will be able to have their say on the 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 July or August. 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 October 2016.
Councillor Tracey Onslow, 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 already have a Neighbourhood Plan for Chaddesley Corbett, and we have been working closely with Blakedown and Churchill Parish Council throughout this process.”
The consultation on the Neighbourhood Plan starts on Friday 20th May. Further information and details on how to comment will be available from www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplanning.
All comments must be received by the District Council by no later than 5pm on Friday 1 July 2016.