New plan to pro­tect town from devel­op­ment be­gins to take shape

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

VOL­UN­TEERS and coun­cil­lors are work­ing to­gether to come up with a devel­op­ment plan for the town.

A steer­ing group has held meet­ings with the aim of pro­duc­ing a Neigh­bour­hood Plan for Bolling­ton. Neigh­bour­hood Plans give com­mu­ni­ties a chance to set out what should be built where, such as homes and of­fices.

Cheshire East is work­ing with some parishes to pro­duce plans while its Lo­cal Plan is be­ing fi­nalised. The Lo­cal Plan - the devel­op­ment plan for the whole bor­ough - is be­ing re­drafted af­ter a plan­ning in­spec­tor iden­ti­fied prob­lems with it.

A neigh­bour­hood plan could in­form de­ci­sions over plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in the mean­time.

MP David Rut­ley said: “We’re proud of our green spa­ces in this area and want to pro­tect them. The ev­i­dence from emerg­ing neigh­bour­hood plans can give some pro­tec­tion while the Lo­cal Plan is be­ing put into place.”

The Bolling­ton steer­ing group is made up of 16 res­i­dent vol­un­teers and town coun­cil­lors formed af­ter a public meet­ing which re­sulted in 43 vol­un­teers com­ing for­ward. Some will help on sub groups such as traf­fic and trans­port, open spa­ces and her­itage.

At stages through­out the plan process, res­i­dents and busi­nesses will be con­sulted and this will cul­mi­nate in a ref­er­en­dum when a clear ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents will need to agree the plan meets the needs of Bolling­ton.

The com­pleted Neigh­bour­hood Plan has to be ap­proved by the Town Coun­cil. It’s hoped the plan will be in place within 18 months.

The steer­ing group will meet again on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 18 and monthly af­ter that.

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