Telford & Wrekin Council to review planning policy

A referendum is set to give the residents of Tibberton and Cherrington a say in planning for how their area is developed over the next decade.

A referendum is set to give the residents of Tibberton and Cherrington a say in planning for how their area is developed over the next decade.

Residents in the rural village of Tibberton, and the hamlet of Cherrington, have been consulted over recent months as their parish council drew up a Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. 

At the next cabinet meeting, on Thursday 23 September, Telford & Wrekin councillors will be asked to approve a referendum which will then allow villagers to vote on the plan.  

If it gets more than 50 per cent backing from voters, it will become part of the wider Telford & Wrekin Local Plan which sets targets and limits on development in the borough. 

Telford & Wrekin’s commitment to local decision making and local participation in the planning process has so far seen five previous Neighbourhood Plans approved for referendum votes by local people.

David Wright, Telford & Wrekin’s Cabinet Member for Economy, Housing, Transport and Infrastructure, said: “Neighbourhood Plans are an important part of the planning process and help areas such as Tibberton and Cherrington set out locally specific policies to be used in determining planning applications in the parish.

“The Council have assisted the parish to steer the plan through the process from designating the neighbourhood plan area through to the referendum.

We are still waiting the outcome of proposed planning reforms from the Government which could undermine this kind of local control over parts of the planning system.”

Five miles from Newport and 11 miles north of Telford, the parish of Tibberton and Cherrington currently has a population of nearly 1,000 following recent growth in housing development, up more than 40% over the last decade.

Following the consultation with residents, the Neighbourhood Plan aims to balance the need for limited development with the historic and rural nature of the community.  

The parish council’s approach is in line the Telford & Wrekin’s Local Plan policy, which opposes any proposed development that would cause harm to the character of the villages or encroachment into the countryside.

Image credit: Geoff Pick




 

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