East Staffordshire Borough Council voted to officially ‘make’ the Anslow Neighbourhood Development Plan at a Cabinet meeting held on Monday 18th August. This will be the first of 15 Neighbourhood Plans being written in East Staffordshire to be made, after a successful referendum result on 3rd July 2014.
Councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services said: “As the first Neighbourhood Plan in East Staffordshire to be ‘made’, this is a real milestone and means that the residents of Anslow can have a greater influence in the way their communities will change in the future”.
Preparation of Anslow’s Neighbourhood Development Plan began in December 2012 with work on the plan led by a steering group consisting of Parish Councillors and residents, helped by a planning consultant. The Plan was submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council in January 2014 and following a statutory 6 week publicity period (13th January 2014 to 24th February 2014) proceeded to independent examination. On 19th May 2014 Cabinet accepted the examiner’s recommendations to make minor modifications to the plan and proceed to referendum.
On 3rd July 2014 the Anslow Neighbourhood Development Plan became the first Neighbourhood Plan in Staffordshire to get to the referendum stage and was endorsed by the local community with a 93.95% ‘yes’ vote, the 3rd highest ‘yes’ vote in England.
Having reached the final stage of being ‘made’, the Anslow Neighbourhood Development Plan will form part of the Statutory Development Plan and become, with the adopted Local Plan, the starting point for determining relevant planning applications in that area.
A copy of the decision statement regarding the making of the Anslow plan can be found on the ESBC website: (http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/Planning/PlanningPolicy/NeighbourhoodPlanning/Pages/default.aspx)
Parishes within the Borough have been very proactive in wanting to shape their local area and there are currently 15 Neighbourhood Planning Area Designations in East Staffordshire, with each neighbourhood area at a different stage of the process. More information on Neighbourhood Plans is available on the Council’s website here: http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/Planning/PlanningPolicy/NeighbourhoodPlanning/Pages/default.aspx