Waters Upton Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan ready for referendum

Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet will be asked to approve the Neighbourhood Plan submitted by Waters Upton Parish Council to allow it to proceed it to formal referendum.

Waters Upton Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan ready for referendum

Waters Upton Parish Council submitted their Neighbourhood Plan with supporting documents to the Council in December 2014.

The Neighbourhood Plan covers the next 15 years for the parish of Waters Upton and is intended to establish a long term plan for the village and help deliver the local community’s aspirations and needs.

It sets out key objectives and local planning policies which would help in determine planning applications in the Waters Upton area.

Following public consultation last year, the Plan was examined by an Independent Examiner and a report was submitted back to the Council last month. This report included a recommendation to proceed to a referendum, subject to a number of modifications.

The modifications are set out in the report to Cabinet. They include:

• The rewording of several objectives and policies to make them easier to understand and to clarify their purpose.
• The removal of several policies where they did not relate to land use (the wording has been retained but has now been placed in the supporting text rather than in the policy).

These modifications have been incorporated in the Referendum Version of the Neighbourhood Plan.

It is anticipated that the referendum will be held on 5 May 2016.

Councillor Richard Overton, cabinet member for Housing, Public Health and Protection, said:  “Waters Upton Parish Council has worked closely with its local community to produce a plan which reflects local views on future development in the parish.

“Following public consultation and examination by an Independent Examiner, the Neighbourhood Plan is now ready to go to a referendum this spring.”

The report will be considered by Cabinet on 25 February.