Communities preparing neighbourhood plans in England are set to benefit from a package of government support worth £22.8 million to help them develop plans to give them a real say in the development of their area.

Housing Minister Alok Sharma confirmed how the cash boost will support communities, help build more homes and give locals more say over growth in their area (link).

The funding, which will be around £5.5 million per year until 2022, will provide communities with specialist support to help develop a Neighbourhood Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans gives local communities a real say in the development of their area including where homes, shops, green spaces and offices should be built and how they should look.

The announcement comes as more than 400 successful neighbourhood planning referendums have now taken place across England, driving local growth from Cornwall to Northumberland.

Kirkwells have helped more than 30 areas to successful referendum stage. If you would like to discuss how we can help you with your neighbourhood plan, please contact Michael on 01282 872570 or email Michael.

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EvertonEverton NDP, Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire – has been published for Regulation 14 consultation until 5th June – to see a copy of the plan visit the Parish Council website: http://www.evertonvillage.org.uk .

The Everton NDP includes proposed sites for new housing and a range of planning policies to protect landscape, wildlife and built heritage and to support investment in new community and recreational facilities in the village.

If you want to discuss how Kirkwells can help with the preparation of your neighbourhood plan, including site assessments call Louise or Michael on 01282 872570 or email michaelwellock@kirkwells.co.uk

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The successful “yes” vote in the Marden Neighbourhood Plan referendum made this the twelfth plan Kirkwells have supported to this key stage.

On a turnout of just over 33% of eligible voters, 314 voted “yes” to the plan being made part of the development plan in Herefordshire, with 49 “no” votes”.

To find out more about how Kirkwells can support you with the preparation of your neighbourhood plan, call Michael on 01282 872570 or email michaelwellock@kirkwells.co.uk

 

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Two more of Kirkwells’ Neighbourhood Plan clients recorded successful “yes” votes at referendum. This brings to nine the number of areas we have helped to get over the final hurdle.

Thursday’s “yes” votes were both in Herefordshire – with Brimfield and Little Hereford and Wellington parishes voting.

On a turnout of 45.6%, over 91% of voters in Brimfield and Little Hereford voted “yes” for their neighbourhood plan.

In Wellington, turnout was 32.7% and over 87% voted “yes”.

Both plans will now be made part of the development plan in Herefordshire.

To find out more call Michael or Louise on 01282 872570 or email michaelwellock@kirkwells.co.uk

 

 

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Stretton Sugwas Draft Plan

The Stretton Sugwas Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan has just been published for 6 weeks of formal public consultation from 14 September to 26 October 2015.

The Plan focuses on criteria based policies ti manage new development in this rural area to the west of the city of Hereford.

To find out more about the plan, click here.

To find out more about how Kirkwells can help you with your neighbourhood plan call Louise on 01282 872570 or email.

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On Thursday July 23rd voters chose to say “yes” to the Branston Neighbourhood Plan becoming part of East Staffordshire’s  Development Plan.

80.5% of those voting said “Yes”  (599 people) and 19.5% (145 people) voted “No”.

Kirkwells supported Branston Parish Council in preparing the Neighbourhood Plan.

Kirkwells have helped over 50 areas with neighbourhood planning. Covering everything from designation through to referendum.

If you would like to discuss how we can help you with your neighbourhood plan call Michael on 01282 872570.

 

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With the help of Kirkwells the Whitnash Neighbourhood Plan Working Group has now published its draft plan and is seeking comments.

The draft consultation period is between 1st October 2014 and 5pm, Wednesday 12th November 2014.

To view the plan visit the following link:

Draft Whitnash Neighbourhood Plan Autumn 2014

If you need help and support to draft your neighbourhood plan – call Michael or Louise on 01282 872570 or email.

Kirkwells have helped with a number of neighbourhood plans across the country. Our experience covers everything from helping you decide should you prepare a plan or not, right through to referendum.

To find out more about our neighbourhood planning service click here or request a brochure.

 

 

 

 

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Chaddesley Corbett’s Neighbourhood Plan has been approved at referendum.

In just over 12 months, Kirkwells have helped the Parish Council get their Neighbourhood Plan to this all important stage.

The referendum  was held on Thursday 11 September 2014. The question which was asked in the referendum was:

‘Do you want Wyre Forest District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Chaddesley Corbett to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

There were 328 votes cast in total, of which 265 (81%) were in favour of the plan, to 62 (19%) votes against the plan.  One ballot paper was rejected and the turnout was 27.8%.

Kirkwells Director Louise Kirkup said:

” In a little over 12 months we have helped the Steering Group to really get things moving. Now the plan has got a yes vote a referendum it will soon be made part of the development plan – giving local people more power over future development in their area.”

If you need expert help to get your neighbourhood plan to referendum call Kirkwells now on 01282 872570 or email Louise.

To find  out more about our neighbourhood planning services click here, or request a brochure.

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The Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan will go to Referendum on Thursday 11 September 2014.

If more people vote ‘yes’ than ‘no’ in this Referendum, then Wyre Forest District Council will use the Neighbourhood Plan to help it decide planning applications in Chaddesley Corbett.

Kirkwells supported Chaddesley Corbett in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan by helping to draft the Plan, prepare the Consultation Statement and Basic Condition Statement. All this in 12 months!

Although about a thousand areas have started to prepare Neighbourhood Plans only around 20 have reached Referendum stage.

There are many reasons for these delays. The most common reasons are lack of time, the complex issues to be tackled in the plan and the difficult process to be followed. But Kirkwells with the experience of working on over 30 neighbourhood plans can help you to get things moving.

So if you want to get your Neighbourhood Plan moving towards to referendum stage and start taking charge of the future planning of your area why not call Louise or Michael on 01282 872570 or email Michael.

 

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We were a bit taken aback by the first episode in the new season of Silent Witness with star Emilia Fox clearly wearing a pullover from the Kirkwells new designer range. See for yourself below.

Don’t believe us? Just look at the background to this web page.

Silent Witness

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Chaddesley Corbett Cover_editedThe Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan has reached the important Regulation 14 consultation stage. 

Kirkwells have supported Chaddesley Corbett in their neighbourhood plan preparations by turning the work undertaken by the steering group and theme groups in to effective planning policies.

Working closely with Wyre Forest District Council this means that the Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan a high quality plan has been produced that is in accordance with national and local planning policy.

Louise Kirkup, Director, Kirkwells said:

“Working alongside Chaddesley Corbett to help them put together this draft of their neighbourhood plan has been a rewarding experience. We have been able to take the ides of the steering group and theme groups and help turn them in to, what we think, will be very effective planning policies to guide future development in the parish.”

To find out more about the Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan click here.

If your steering group need help putting their ideas in to the correct “planning language”, language that means they will do what you want when faced with development proposals call Louise on 01282 872570. Or email requesting a copy of our Neighbourhood Planning brochure.

Kirkwells are one of the leading chartered town planning consultancies supporting communities in the preparation of neighbourhood plans.

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