WELCOME TO THE WICKERSLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
In September 2017 Wickersley Parish Council decided to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the entire civic parish area. Wickersley is a popular place to live, work and visit and, as a result is subject to considerable pressures for new housing development and changes to the village centre. Therefore, it was considered important for the local community to have the opportunity to produce a plan that would help ensure that Wickersley develops in the future in a way that reflects the aspirations of local people and the particular characteristics of Wickersley.
The Neighbourhood Plan has to comply with national planning guidance and the Rotherham Local Plan. This means that it cannot determine the amount of housing to be built in Wickersley. However, it can influence the type, design, style and size of housing that Wickersley receives so that it responds to the needs of local people. It can also influence the mix of uses in the village centre and cover issues such as heritage, open spaces, community facilities and local economic development. In this way, it will ensure that the particular needs and character of Wickersley are respected.
The Neighbourhood Plan has to be taken into account when planning applications are considered by Rotherham MBC so it will be an important document.
While the Parish Council will have overall responsibility for producing the plan, it is very important that it reflects the views and aspirations of the whole community, and a Steering Group was set up to oversee preparation and development of the plan. This includes community representatives as well as Parish Councillors. A planning and design consultancy, Integreat Plus has also been appointed to provide expert help, and government grants have been received to pay for this.
PROGRESS SO FAR
The following provides an overview of the work undertaken so far on the Neighbourhood Plan.
- Initial engagement with residents and businesses. See document below
- Drop-in event
- Development of Key Themes. See document below
- Development of Vision Statement. See document below
- Preparation of Housing Needs Assessment
- Development of Policy Options. See document below
- Feedback event
- Evidence gathering
- Development of Draft Plan Policies
- Production of Draft Design Code
- SEA/HRA Screening Opinion and Report
- Meetings with Rotherham MBC on Draft Policies and Design Code
The Neighbourhood Plan has now reached the stage whereby the Draft Plan and accompanying Design Code will be published for a 6-week community consultation period to take place before the end of the year. Full details of how this consultation is to be carried out in a Covid secure way will be widely publicised to ensure that all residents have an opportunity to view the documents and respond with their comments at this vital stage of the plan process.
Following the consultation, the Plan will be amended to take account of representations received after which it will be submitted to Rotherham MBC to carry out a further consultation before the Plan is subject to an independent examination. If the examiner recommends that the plan can proceed to a referendum of the local community. It will then be adopted if the majority vote in favour.
Summary of responses to initial consultation with Wickersley residents.
Development of key themes following consultation
Development of vision statement following consultation
Development of policy options