Neighbourhood Plan

Community Led Planning Framework

At its meeting in September , the Parish Council decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the whole of the parished area.  A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led planning framework for guiding the future development, regeneration and conservation of an area. It is about the use and development of land and can deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues or it may focus on one or two issues only.

The Parish Council have decided to produce a Neighbourhood plan as it will form part of the statutory  development plan and ensure that decisions on planning applications are made that take account of policies that are particularly appropriate to the character of Wickersley and supported by the local community.  It must be noted, however, that its policies have to accord with national planning guidance  and  the Rotherham Local Plan.  It would build on those policies and cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan such as the allocated housing sites.

Hear Your Views

Whilst the Parish Council will be the body  with overall responsibility for producing the plan, it is vital that the local community is fully represented and engaged in the process so that it truly represents the views of the people who live and work in Wickersley. So we would like to hear your views on what matters should be covered in the plan.  The initial thoughts of the Parish Council is that it would cover the following;

  • The District centre e.g the range the proportion of different uses; design of shopfronts,  signage, shutters etc.
  • Designation of Housing Character Areas with guidelines for future development .
  • Policies for Wickersley Conservation Area and other heritage  assets
  • Design parameters, housing mix and affordability within new residential developments
  • Priorities for infrastructure provision to support new development

Please let us know whether you think we have identified the right matters and any suggestions for anything else you think should be included.

Find Out More

A Steering Group has now been set up to oversee the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan. This includes members of the local community as well as Parish Councillors. Further representation by local shopkeepers, businesses and community groups would be welcome .

Consultants Integreat Plus have been appointed to assist with the plan preparation and community consultation by way of surveys and workshops will shortly take place to help with an understanding of the most important issues and how they should be addressed.  This will help build an evidence base from which draft policies and proposals will be put forward which must then be subject to a 6 week consultation period before submission to Rotherham Borough Council.

The Plan is then subject to an independent examination and if the examiner recommends that the plan can proceed it is put out to a referendum of the local community and only adopted if the majority vote in favour . So it is a fairly lengthy process that is likely to take between 1 and 2 years and we will be appointing consultants to help us produce a robust plan to guide the future development of our area in a way that is supported by the local community.

If you would like to know more about Neighbourhood Plans then guidance is available from Locality at mycommunity.org.uk

The Parish Council  would like to hear your views so please send them to  wickersleyparishcouncil@gmail.com  .

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