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 Views of the Whole Community
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. Following initial publicity in the autumn, a Steering Group was set up to oversee the plan preparation. This includes community representatives as well as Parish Councillors. A planning and design consultancy, Integreat Plus has also been appointed to provide expert help. A government grant has been applied for to pay for this.
Following this consultation, evidence will be gathered to help develop local policies and design guidance. Once a draft plan has been produced, it will go out to a 6 week consultation period before submission to Rotherham MBC. 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 local referendum of the local community. It will then be adopted if the majority vote in favour.
Preparation of the plan is a fairly lengthy process but we would hope to complete it within 18 to 24 months. See the Neighbourhood Plan Journey, which highlights when public consultation and involvement will take place.