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Neighbourhood Plan

The Localism Act 2011 gives town and parish councils the power to create Neighbourhood Plans that allow those who live, work or carry on business in the area covered by a Plan to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area.

In 2013, the parish council set up a Steering Group, including parish councillors and other parish residents, to guide the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan. Since then, the Steering Group worked to capture that shared vision and create a Neighbourhood Plan for substantially all of the parishes of Newbold Astbury and Moreton cum Alcumlow.

Following the electors’ overwhelming approval of the plan in the referendum on 17 August 2017, Cheshire Council have adopted (or “made”) the plan, and now forms part of the statutory development plan for Cheshire East Council.

The parish council has now set up a Revision Working Group, largely comprising members of the original Steering Group to update the Plan in the light of experience and a changing environment. The group will evaluate the existing Policies under the following categories:-

  • Effectiveness
  • National Regulation and Policy
  • Local Policy
  • Local circumstances and evidence
  • Local opinion.

Any residents who would like to be involved in or contribute to this process are invited to contact Cllr. Nick Sharman by email ( or phone (01260 271 374).

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