Developing Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan: Welcome
What is a Neighbourhood Plan? A Neighbourhood Plan allows local communities to have more control over where development takes place and, more importantly, to influence the type and quality of that development. It has legal status and helps us, the residents of Hankelow, to determine our future and say where we think new houses should go, how many, what they look like and when they should be built. It provides us with a voice and, with the support of the local authority, Cheshire East Council, sets the framework for planning decisions in our Parish, all in accordance with national planning policy. Developers will have to respond to the Neighbourhood Plan and consult our local community when making proposals.
Without a Neighbourhood Plan the Parish is at risk of having inappropriate development being proposed and, we, the residents having to fight each case. It is important to the community of Hankelow that we develop in appropriate and sustainable way to the benefit of all residents, now and in the future – that is what the Neighbourhood Plan does for us.
The Neighbourhood Plan covers the period to 2030 and is reviewed every five years – it is long lasting. We need to consider the views of everyone in the Parish and be pragmatic about its development. We will be required to provide more housing and this is our chance to get it right. We already have a Village plan (2012), have assessed our housing needs (2013) and have held three public consultations.Using information from these consultations, the Neighbourhood Plan steering group.have developed a plan which has now been submitted to the local authority.
Current Status. At the end of 2019 the Hankelow Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning Act. The plan was revised taking into account the comments received, and a Consultation Report and Basic Conditions statement have been prepared and approved by Hankelow Parish Council. These documents were submitted to Cheshire East in January 2020 to fulfill the requirements of Regulation 15 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
Currently the plan has been withdrawn due to a complaint about a specific aspect of the SOA report. The report will be reviewed in the near future, and if necessary the plan will be amended before re-submission.
Neighbourhood Plan Vision Statement
'We want to make Hankelow Parish an even better place to live, work and visit. We will ensure, through our plan, that Hankelow is a sustainable community providing whatever our residents need to maintain an outstanding quality of life for present and future generations.'
The vision for the village is a distillation of the views expressed by the community at open meetings and subsequently agreed by over 90% of the community in The Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire.
What do we want to achieve with the Neighbourhood Plan?
• A housing growth strategy tailored to the needs and context of Hankelow
• Sensitive development which protects and enriches the landscape and environment around Hankelow
• Ensure that future development is appropriate for the Parish, is sustainable and improves the local facilities and environment for both existing and new residents
• Protect greenspace, the landscape and support conservation of the village environment
• Involve local people in the process of planning, housing development and the future of the Parish