The Stretton Neighbourhood Plan has reached draft plan stage.

Published for a six week consultation the Stretton Neighbourhood Plan Draft and the Draft Screening Report for Environmental Assessment are available to view here,

If you need help or support to produce your neighbourhood plan call Michael or Louise on o1282 872570. Or email for a copy of our neighbourhood planning services brochure.

Providing support to more than 20 areas, Kirkwells are the country’s leading independent, chartered town planners, supporting communities in the preparation of plans for the future of their neighbourhood.

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With the support of Kirkwells the Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan has been submitted to Wyre Forest District Council. 

Wyre Forest District Council is now responsible for holding a six week publication period this will be followed by an independent examination to make sure the Neighbourhood Plan meets the Basic Conditions of the Localism Act.

The Publication period will run from Monday 14th April to Tuesday 27th May 2014.

The Publication period of neighbourhood planning involves pulling together a number of documents, including:

  • Basic Condition Statement
  • Consultation Statement
  • Sustainability Appraisal Scoping

If you need help or advice to get your neighbourhood plan ready for submission to your local council contact Louise on 01282 872570 or email.

Kirkwells are the leading independent chartered town planning consultancy supporting communities with their neighbourhood plans; having worked, or working on over 20 neighbourhood plans.

To see the documents submitted along with the Chaddesley Corbett Neighbourhood Plan visit the Wyre Forest web site.


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Kirkwells neighbourhood plan training will hit the road again at the end of March. Our next stop on the 29th of March 2014 is Herefordshire. Working in conjunction with the Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) Kirkwells will be presenting our unique, independent take on neighbourhood planning.

Covering everything from answering the all important question is neighbourhood planning right for you? To putting together your plan, dealing with your local council and engaging your local community. This training offers an independent, insider’s view on neighbourhood planning. Here is what some previous delegates thought:

“Excellent – well structured and well presented”

“very interesting day and very informative”

“Openness to ongoing questions very helpful”

If you are a HALC member and want to find out more or book a place click here.

If you would like to book a training session for your Local Association of Councils just contact Michael or Louise on 01282 872570 or email.

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From 3rd of March 2014 to 14th of April 2014 the Horninglow and Eton Neighbourhood Plan is out for its first six week period of formal consultation.

One of the Government’s Neighbourhood Planning Frontrunners, Kirkwells have been helping the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group and Parish Council develop the policies and proposals for the plan. This follows hot on our work with Chaddesley Corbett who completed this stage earlier this week.

Kirkwells are now working with over 20 communities preparing neighbourhood plans.

To find out more about how Kirkwells can help you with your neighbourhood plan request a copy of our neighbourhood planning brochure, or call Michael or Louise on 01282 872570.

Need to find out more about neighbourhood planning? Why not book one of our FREE training sessions.



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Burnley Local Plan Issues and Options January 2014 CoverBurnley Council is consulting until the 31st of March 2014 on Issues and Options for the Borough’s new Local Plan.

Burnley’s Local Plan: Issues and Options looks at four potential future options for the development of Burnley:

Option 1 — Focus on the Existing Built Up Area
Option 2— Focus on Public Transport Corridors
Option 3— Focus on Economic Growth
Option 4— No Local Planning Framework

And then looks at how these four scenarios could be met by identifying sites for particular uses (housing, employment, mixed uses, retail); and by setting out options for development management policies.

When complete the new Burnley Local Plan will set the planning framework for the next 15 years.

This is a key consultation for those who own, or want to develop land, and for local communities – now is the time to get your views across – whether that is to promote a site that will help the growth and regeneration of the town, or to whether you want to shape the future of your local community.

To get expert help – Kirkwells staff have been involved for many years in the planning of Burnley including previous Burnley Local Plans – call Michael on 01282 872570 or email,




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Pendle Core Strategy CoverPendle Council is consulting on Further Options for the Borough’s Core Strategy.

If this document affects you, you have until the 21st of February 2014 to make comments.

Once approved the Pendle Core Strategy will set the strategic planning policy for the whole Borough and will guide future land allocations and must be taken account of in any neighbourhood plans prepared for the area.

To make sure the Pendle Core Strategy is in line with your thinking for the future of the area get expert help from Kirkwells chartered town planners by calling 01282 872570, or email.

To view the Pendle Core Strategy Further Options click here.


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OK, so it is pantomime season, but last week we were not expecting to be accused of “dressing up” at a Core Strategy examination.

But that is exactly what happened to Kirkwells, Managing Director, Michael Wellock.

Representing Hartshill Parish Council at the examination in to the North Warwickshire Core Strategy Michael was accused, by consultants representing a large landowner, of “dressing up” the Parish’s representations.

Forgive us, but that is what we thought we, as expert planning professionals, were paid to do. In this instance, help Hartshill articulate their concerns that North Warwickshire’s proposed strategy was wrong and identified too much future housing for Hartshill.

It seems that Hartshill, by having the temerity to appoint paid professional planners, just like most of the landowners and developers at the examination had done, had done the unthinkable – and challenged the big players. Perhaps Hartshill should have stayed at home and let the development industry get on with it?

Er, no. As Michael pointed out:

“Hartshill Parish Council had just as much right to be around that examination table as any one else. And to be accused of “dressing up” local views misses the point. Hartshill, indeed, any parish council, has just as much right as any big landowner to seek out the best planning advice, the type of advice Kirkwells provide, to help get their viewpoint across, and protect the interests of local people.”

Do you need expert help to make your case at an appeal, inquiry or hearing? Get expert help from Kirkwells by calling 01282 872570, or email for our brochure “Outgunned? Town Planning Support for Parish and Town Councils”.

The examination continues this week (w/b 13/1/14).







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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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Kirkwells' Neighbourhood Planning News Winter 2013/14 Front CoverThe Winter 2013/14 issue of Kirkwells’ popular Neighbourhood Planning News is out now.

October’s issue has stories on:

  • Speeding up the neighbourhood planning system
  • Not a Thame Ending
  • Planning Explored in Gloucestershire
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders

To get your copy email Michael.

Make sure you do not miss a future issue - subscribe.

Need support to produce your neighbourhood plan? Get expert help. Just call 01282 872570.

Not sure what neighbourhood planning could mean for your area? Book one of our FREE training sessions.

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Planning Minister Nick Boles wants a quicker, simpler neighbourhood planning process.

Hailing neighbourhood planning a “huge success” with over 800 neighbourhoods now pursuing neighbourhood plans Nick Boles now wants to speed up their preparation.

In a speech to the Town and Country Planning Association reported in Planning Boles said the government wanted to look at “which bits of the process were unnecessary or over-long”. He went on:

“We all recognise the full level of complexity is not suitable in every case. Is there an easier way of doing it?

“We want to hear from people who have done it and come up with something that may be an alternative to the full-blown system or a change in the full-blown system. I would love to hear feedback from the front-line.”

Well, we consider ourselves to be supporting many of those on the front line. So what would we suggest?

Surprisingly, not too much. We think it is down to how well you use the process, not the process itself. Take a closer look this is fairly streamlined to start with.

The main area that stands out is the second consultation carried out by the local planning authority after submission of the neighbourhood plan.

Why not have one formal period of consultation, submission to the local planning authority, who then check the plan meets the basic conditions and off the neighbourhood plan goes to examination. Or is this too radical?

Kirkwells are one of the leading chartered town planning consultancies supporting communities with neighbourhood planning. To find out more about how we could help you request a brochure or call Michael or Louise on

01282 872570


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