Voters go to the polls for neighbourhood plan referendum

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Wilmslow residents have the opportunity to have their say on the future development of the town when the polls open tomorrow (Thursday, 10th October)

Following a review by an independent planning inspector, a referendum is being held asking residents whether they want Cheshire East Council to officially adopt the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan.

An independent group of Wilmslow residents have spent the past three years putting together The Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan which involved various consultations with residents of the town and organisations which have influenced the policy and development content of the plan.

The plan comprises planning policies and aspirations on the development of the town, particularly on providing better areas of public realm. The strategic policies cover sustainable construction, sustainable spaces and sustainable transport. There are also policies on the natural and built environment, infrastructure, housing and employment and on the town centre core. Additionally, the plan identifies key sites which could be developed and specifies how and under what circumstances these developments would be supported.

If approved the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan will become a planning policy document which is considered when determining planning applications in the town, alongside the Cheshire East Local Plan and national planning policies.

The residents of Wilmslow have the opportunity to vote on the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan in the referendum on Thursday, 10th October at their local poling station.

Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Audrey Youngman
Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 3:03 pm
Is Handforth included in this?
Martin Watkins
Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 3:57 pm
@Audrey. No Handforth are not included as they have their own Neighbourhood Plan which is currently in use.
Keith Chapman
Wednesday 9th October 2019 at 4:13 pm
No Audrey, the Handforth Neighbourhood plan went through this process last year and is separate from the Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan.
Philip Barton
Friday 11th October 2019 at 11:34 am
Result announced
Neighbourhood plan passed 3,109 to 367