UPDATE 24.08.17 – A letter from the Parish Council would be sent out to all residents of the parishes to ensure that everyone knew about the consultation and had the opportunity to respond in time. Click here to see a copy of the letter.
The Parish Council is grateful to the many residents who have submitted comments to the Borough Council on the Local Plan Preferred Development Option (PDO). The response from the public was unprecedented in numbers and very clear with its message that the proposal to remove land from the Green Belt and develop it as a Garden City Suburb is unacceptable to an overwhelming majority of residents. This view is shared by the Parish Council, which has provided its own formal response, now available on this website.
The Parish Council’s fundamental aim in its response to the PDO is to defend the existing Green Belt by showing that the housing and employment needs of Warrington can be met without releasing land from Green Belt. The Local Plan has to be positively prepared, justified and effective. The PDO that was released in July was none of these things. We want the Borough Council to produce a Local Plan that preserves the existing Green Belt and is more in keeping with what people want to see, and this thinking has shaped the Parish Council’s response to the PDO.
The Parish Council has worked with a Planning Consultant (Kirkwells of Burnley) to develop its response in a professional manner, addressing the legal and planning issues involved in the removal of land from Green Belt. Planning guidance requires that ‘exceptional circumstances’ must be demonstrated in order to do that, and in its response to the PDO, the Parish Council has made the argument, supported by data, that those ‘exceptional circumstances’ simply do not exist. It has used the standard response format put forward by the Borough Council as a way of ensuring that it has addressed the PDO as a whole, leaving no gaps.
Going forward, we now wait for the Borough Council’s next move. This could be to modify the PDO and make a definitive formal proposal to change the Local Plan, in which case there will be a further consultation followed by a public examination of the proposal. The Parish Council will monitor developments and will do what is necessary to defend the Green Belt in its area.
Click here to see the formal objection response to the Preferred Development Option submitted by the Parish Council.
On 10th July 2017 Warrington Borough Council’s Executive Board approved the Local Plan Preferred Development Option Regulation 18 consultation documents for public consultation. You are invited to comment on the Preferred Development Option. The consultation period commences for an eight week period from Tuesday 18th July 2017 to Friday 29th September 2017.
These proposals would have a tremendous effect on our local area and we urged residents to look at the proposals and respond to the consultation. Over 6000 new houses could be built and new infrastructure and transport links would also be required.
The Borough Council also sought views on the evidence base they had prepared, the Council’s conclusions on Warrington’s development needs and the scope of the work the Council intended to undertake in preparing the submission version of the Local Plan.
The Preferred Development Option, the supporting evidence base and the standard response form are available from the Council’s web site at:
The Preferred Development Option is also available to view at Local Libraries during normal opening hours.
Click here to see the public notice.