In September 2017 Wickersley Parish Council took the decision to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the whole of the parish area. This will allow the local community to shape development and influence planning in the area.
Neighbourhood Plans form part of the statutory development plan and the policies contained within them are then used during the process of determining planning applications. However, it must be noted that the policies contained in a Neighbourhood Plan have to accord with national planning policies and those contained within the Rotherham Local Plan.
Once produced, Neighbourhood Plans go through independent examination including a community referendum that is held at the end of the process.
The initial view of the parish council is that the Neighbourhood Plan should cover the following matters:
- The District Centre
- Designation of Housing Character Areas
- The historic environment
- Design parameters, housing and affordibility with new residential developments
- Priorities for infrastructure provision
- Protection of areas of high amenity value
It is important that the Neighbourhood Plan reflects the views of the community as a whole and not just those of the parish council. The council is, therefore, looking to involve a wide range of stakeholders in the production of the plan. If this is something you would be interested in contributing to, or have views please contact the parish clerk, Rachel Chico, on 01709 703270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.