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NDP Polling Cards Drop on Doormats

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Cheshire, Communication, Planning, Sandbach

NDP Polling Cards Drop on Doormats

Polling cards for Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan have started to drop through residents’ letterboxes in preparation of the Adoption Referendum on Thursday 24th March. The referendum is the culmination of nearly 2 years work by a group of Sandbach Town Councillors and Community representatives.   The Neighbourhood Development Plan for Sandbach has already gone through two phases of public consultation. The initial consultation took place in September 2014 when the 1st Phase Questionnaire found out what residents liked/disliked about Sandbach and how they wanted to protect or change it. The second consultation occurred in January 2015 with another household questionnaire. This questionnaire focussed on how residents wanted to protect or change Sandbach and its environment.   The policies contained within the final Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan have been produced as a result of the second phase questionnaire and subsequent public consultations. They are based on resident responses and aim to protect the good things about Sandbach and improve the not so good things.   The final part -The Referendum Stage- is the third consultation phase in the production of the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan and gives residents the opportunity to confirm that they agree with the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan policies.   The Referendum Question will be:- “Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Sandbach to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”   With the choice to vote YES or NO.   If at least 50% of referendum voters vote YES then the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan becomes a legal reference document that will have to be referred to alongside Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan as part of the local planning process.   A leaflet containing a synopsis of the policies and explaining when and where to vote is being delivered to all households commencing 5th March. CLICK BELOW to download a copy of the leaflet here. SandbachTownCouncil_Referendum_8pg_v3   Full details of the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan policies can be found at http://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood_plans/sandbach-neighbourhood-plan.aspx Paper copies are available for viewing at Sandbach Library, Sandbach Town Council offices in the Literary Institution and Cheshire East Council offices,...

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Thursday 24 March 2016 – REFERENDUM DATE SET

Posted by on Feb 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thursday 24 March 2016 – REFERENDUM DATE SET

  A referendum will be held on Thursday 24 March 2016 to decide the question below: “Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Sandbach to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?” Residents are encouraged to vote. For further details see link below:...

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Sandbach NDP Passes Examination

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Cheshire, Meetings, Planning, Sandbach

Sandbach NDP Passes Examination

  After many months of intensive work, the Sandbach Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group, in conjunction with Sandbach Town Council has prepared a neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish of Sandbach. A stringent independent examination of the Plan has been undertaken by Mr Terry Raymond Heselton BA (Hons), Dip TP, MRTPI, who concluded that the Plan meets all of the statutory requirements of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and subject to some modifications, is approved as ready to proceed to referendum. When referring to the modifications, the examiner concluded that the essence of the policies remain and provide a framework, for managing future development proposals and protecting and enhancing the local environment. Mr Ian Knowlson, Chairman of the Working Group, stated “We are delighted and proud with the positive comments made by the examiner in respect of the methodology, structure and policies of our Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan. The examiner makes specific reference to the methodologies engagement especially of the young members within our community; this demonstrates a positive approach to engaging young people in the preparation of the plan. Despite several objections from developers on the engagement and consultation process, the examiner fully endorsed the methodology used by the Working Group and the ‘open and transparent manner from start to finish’. It was also acknowledged that in some cases the Working Group exceeded all consultation and publicity requirements. Whilst the examiner recommended some amendments to the plan, overall we are pleased with the final Sandbach NDP and we hope the community will share our view and vote positively for it to be ‘made’ in the forth-coming referendum. The NDP Working Group believe it represents a major step in giving the community of Sandbach a voice in how our town develops over the forthcoming years and we hope the thousands of community members who participated in producing the plan are proud of what they have achieved.” Last Thursday, Sandbach Town Council unanimously agreed to accept the examiner’s report and recommendations and to request Cheshire East Council to proceed to public referendum at the earliest opportunity, which is likely to be Spring. Town Mayor, Cllr Gill Merry said “To have arrived at this stage in such a relatively short space of time is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Group, our thanks must also go to those who have made a significant contribution...

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Examiner appointed to review Sandbach NDP

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Cheshire, Planning, Sandbach, Uncategorized

Examiner appointed to review Sandbach NDP

  Following the completion of the latest Regulation 16 statutory Public Consultation conducted by Cheshire East Council earlier this month, we are pleased to announce that an independent examiner, Mr Terry Heselton, has been appointed and is expected to commence his review of the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan this week. Mr Heselton will examine the full Sandbach NDP policy document plus associated documentation and supporting evidence as well as and the comments received by developers, community groups and other local councils. This examination is expected to be completed by Mr Heselton within the coming weeks. Background Earlier this year the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Sandbach (Draft) was released for Statutory Consultation under regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning, England – Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Sandbach Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group, in conjunction with the Sandbach Town Council prepared a draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish of Sandbach based upon extensive public consultations. The Regulation 14 Consultation for the plan was completed in May 2015 and considerable work was done over the summer months preparing the plan for its submission to Cheshire East Council in September under regulation 15 and formal review by an examiner. Read more about the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Sandbach   Next Step The NDP Working Group Chairman, Ian Knowlson, commented that ‘The Working Group are delighted that the formal examination of our plan will start this week after eighteen months of hard work by the team of community representatives and councillors.   This is another significant landmark in the process of making our Neighbourhood Development Plan and the NDP Policy Group and Town Councillors have undertaken a huge amount of work in recent months to reach this point.   We now look forward to the next step which will be the release of the examiners report which we are hopeful of receiving in the next few weeks.’   A copy of the draft plan can be viewed on the Sandbach Town Council website www.sandbach.gov.uk or www.sandbachneighbourhoodplan.org.uk  ...

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Sandbach submits their NDP to Cheshire East Council.

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Sandbach submits their NDP to Cheshire East Council.

  Sandbach submits their NDP to Cheshire East Council   At a special meeting this week, Sandbach Town Council formally approved the draft Sandbach Neighbourhood Development Plan for submission to Cheshire East Council in accordance regulation 15. The NDP Working Group Chairman, Ian Knowlson, explained “The Working Group have worked tirelessly during the summer months with our advisors, reviewing the comments we received to the regulation 14 consultation in the spring and revising the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan. “This is a major landmark in the process of making our Neighbourhood Development Plan and the NDP Policy Group and Town Councillors have undertaken a huge amount of work in recent months to reach this point. “We now look forward to the next step which will be the Regulation 16 Consultation undertaken by Cheshire East Council and expected to take place in the next few weeks. Earlier this year the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Sandbach (Draft) was released for Statutory Consultation under regulation 14 of the Town and Country Planning, England – Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Sandbach Neighbourhood Development Plan Working Group, in conjunction with the Sandbach Town Council, prepared a draft Neighbourhood Development Plan for the Parish of Sandbach based upon extensive public consultations. The purpose of the consultation was to seek representations from Statutory Consultees and others whose interests may be affected by the draft proposals made. The Regulation 14 Consultation for the plan was completed in May 2015. Since May 2015 the Working Group have been working tirelessly reviewing the comments and making amendments to policies as well as producing additional documents including a Landscape Character Assessment. As part of this process the draft Sandbach Neighbourhood Development Plan and associated documents, have also been reviewed by Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Service (NPIERS) Town Mayor, Cllr Gillian Merry commented “Sandbach Neighbourhood Development Plan has reached an important milestone as it progresses through formal planning requirements. Sandbach Town Council is grateful that the Working Group has pursued its Project Plan with enthusiasm and commitment. There is some way to go yet, but I am confident that in early 2016 we will have a Neighbourhood Development Plan we can all support.” Next Steps, Once Cheshire East Council, as Planning Authority, is satisfied it has the Neighbourhood Plan Proposal, and all necessary supporting documents, it will proceed to publish the Plan for consultation in, in accordance with regulation 16 of the...

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