Neighbourhood Plan review

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The 2018 Bollington Neighbourhood Plan is being reviewed



By creating a Neighbourhood Plan, citizens can help decide on a vision for their community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Neighbourhood Plans provide a means for local communities to shape and develop sustainable development and land use in their area as part of the overall National and Local Authority Planning system. The first Bollington Neighbourhood Plan (BNP) was completed and adopted in 2018 and like the Cheshire East Local Plan it covers the period up to 2030. With further developments since 2018 Bollington Town Council has now agreed that it is an appropriate time to review and update the BNP. Amongst the developments since 2018 are the publication of Cheshire East Council’s Site Allocations suite of documents including a specific Bollington Settlement Report, changes in completion and plans for housing developments in the Town and increased emphasis on the effects of climate change. Also, Cheshire East Council is beginning to review its Local Plan which provides the overarching umbrella over the Bollington NP with the intention of extending the review period to 2040. To carry out the review of the Bollington Neighbourhood Plan, the Steering Committee needs to involve as many members of the community as possible to ascertain their views on the future development of the Town up to 2040 and whether the objectives and policies of the present version of the Plan are still appropriate.

What happens next?

The period of consultation of the Community’s views on matters related to the Update of the Neighbourhood Plan finished on March 15th.  The responses to the Questionnaire delivered to all residences and also made available online have been analysed and a presentation of the results was made to the Town Assembly on 20th March.

The next steps in the development of the updated Plan are the completion of a Housing Needs Assessment by professional planners at Cheshire Community Action and the review of policies in the adopted Plan taking account of results from the Questionnaire. It is anticipated that there will be an exhibition to display the outcome of proposals for updating the Plan, probably in early May.

The slides used in the presentation can be seen here:

2018 Bollington Neighbourhood Plan

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Bollington has seen significant increases in housing numbers over the last few years. There is a strong demand for housing here. Section 3 of the Plan sets out the Policies for Housing. This includes the number, location (with support for development on brownfield sites and suitable  infill and windfall sites, not on Green Belt except for very special circumstances) and types and designs of housing.

Aerial view of houses

Employment, Business and Retail

The responses to the Questionnaire indicated a desire that Bollington should continue to be a working Town and should provide adequate shopping and hospitality outlets for the Community.

Shop front and medley of shopping images

The Green Environment

Deals with, ‘Open Space’, ‘Green Belt’ and ‘Natural Environment. The Policies seek to ‘designate’, ‘maintain’ and ‘enhance’ existing and new Open Spaces and provide a new designation of ‘Local Green Space’ to provide strong protection against development. They are also concerned with protecting wild-life habitat, recognising the location of Bollington as partly within the Peak Park Fringe, recognising the importance of local landmarks and footpaths.

Fields on hillside

The Built Environment and Heritage

This section is concerned with maintaining Bollington as an Historic Town and preserving the character of the four Conservation Areas. It requires that new developments must not harm key landscape focal points in the proximity of the 4 Conservation Areas.Clarence Mill


Tourism and Leisure

In  the response to the Questionnaire, there was some support for a modest expansion in Tourism to attract more visitors to the Town and support employment in the retail and hospitality business areas, provided attention was paid to the need for availability of supporting infrastructure, such as toilets and parking.

Canal, towpath and barges


Moving Around and Infrastructure

Although the Neighbourhood Plan has to be concerned primarily with planning decisions for land use, , probably the greatest concerns expressed by the Community were related to road safety and parking issues. The Policies aim to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists. They also aim to give planning support for signage and heritage storyboards, provided they are of appropriate high quality, to provide information on attractions in Bollington and its Heritage for visitors.

Flowchart for moving around