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Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood Planning

An Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but a right, introduced through the Localism Act 2011, which a community can use to set out a positive vision for how they want their community to develop over the next 10, 15, or 20 years. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

Neighbourhood Plans become part of the Local Plan and the policies contained within them are then used in the determination of planning applications. It must be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is already part of the Local Plan. What they can do is shape where development will go and what it will look like.

The following links provide further information on neighbourhood planning:

Stages in the development of our Neighbourhood Plan


Step 1: The Parish Council invites representation on issues affecting the local community and its vision.

Step 2: The Parish Council applies to the local planning authority to designate a neighbourhood area.

Step 3: A draft neighbourhood plan is prepared.

Step 4: The Parish Council publicises the draft plan and invites representations.

Step 5: The Parish Council amends the plan and submits the plan proposals to the local planning authority.

Step 6: There is an independent examination of the plan proposals.

Step 7: A referendum is held on the neighbourhood plan.

Step 8: The neighbourhood plan is brought into force.

Step 1: Pre-Consultation

Plumley with Toft and Bexton Parish Council are preparing a neighbourhood plan. We will be asking parishioners for comment throughout the preparation process and this consultation is the first stage; obtaining and understanding the views of residents and businesses in the parish so that as far as is practicable the neighbourhood plan we prepare stems from and addresses the issues you identify.

You will have received a copy of a questionnaire through the postal system; you can give your views and return the completed questionnaire to the Parish Clerk in the stamped addressed envelope provided OR you can download a copy of the questionnaire from this website –

To fill out the form for the consultation click on the button below and then once completed please return to

All responses must be received by no later than 12 pm on 5th August 2018.


Need to have a chat – contact:


Chris Wilson (Vice Chair – Plumley with Toft and Bexton PC)


Phone: 07759178026


John Wright (Parish Councillor with responsibility for planning)


Phone: 07940837956


Steve Jones (Plumley resident and former CEO Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council)


Phone: 07887506861