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09.11.17 The story so far..... Neighbourhood Planning came about as a result of the Localism Act 2011.
Its intent is to give more power and a bigger voice to the people who live in the community regarding planning.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is complete it passes through an inspection process to ensure it is compliant with national planning policy, after which a public referendum is held, if supported by residents the plan is then 'made', it becomes a legal policy document that must be taken into consideration by the planning authority for all planning applications in the area (with the exception of Mineral Extraction applications).
In 2014 the Parish Council held its first public meeting to inform residents and to invite them to participate.
Unfortunately, early meetings were not well attended and it was some time before it was decided that there was enough interest for Upton by Chester to have a Neighbourhood Development Plan.
In parished areas, the Parish Council is the authority that facilitates and leads neighbourhood planning.
However, it is a community project and residents are vital to the process.
A steering group was set up made up from elected councillors and Upton by Chester residents. For a couple of years tentative steps were taken to set out the main requirements of the plan and begin a consultation program to support it.
Last year, after a re-think about our priorities, a change of membership within the steering group and some renewed vigour the plan began to make good progress. We have now carried out some solid consultation involving many sectors of our community and have set up a working group to begin to write policies.
The Parish Council Clerk looks after the funding for this project and we have twice been successful when applying for grant funding; the Parish Council is also committed to supporting the plan financially.
The Clerk also carries out all the administrative work for the project; all meeting Agendas and Minutes are posted on this website; if you have any questions or would like to know anything at all about the plan, please call the Clerk on 07584 415343 or email
09.11.17 If you would like any more information on the work and progress of the Neighbourhood Plan, please contact the clerk to the Parish Council, Suzi Pollard on 07584 415343
27.09.17 Members of the Steering Group warmly welcomed visitors to the meeting. Business owners from Weston Grove shops were invited to attend the meeting to discuss current and future provision of shops. An interesting conversation took place regarding the economic issues being faced and what may be needed to ensure that the Weston Grove shops grow and thrive.
Due to the unavoidable absence of several members of the Steering Group the meeting was not quorate and therefore no formal decisions could be made.
A change of date for the next meeting was proposed - to change to Monday 23rd October (from 24th) and will be confirmed shortly.
Our stand at the Upton Pavilion Fun Day