What Does Woodford Neighbourhood Forum (WNF) mean for Woodford?
Objectives in our Constitution
The basic Purpose of the Forum is to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Area. The Forum will seek to achieve this by:
The following Principles will inform the steps which the Forum takes toward the achievement of the above Purpose:
whilst acknowledging that some change for social, economic and environmental reasons can be desirable.
Preparation of A Neighbourhood Plan
A primary purpose of a Neighbourhood Forum is the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.
A Neighbourhood Forum has statutory and recognised powers and duties that bring some of the decision-making and liaison closer to those affected by development proposals and allow their views to carry much more weight.
Working within the National Planning Policy Framework, Local Core Strategy and Allocations Plan, Woodford Neighbourhood Forum (WNF) may produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the designated Area, which would provide guidance for development within that Area and better reflect the views and concerns of local people, businesses and organisations.
It cannot change anything that has already been agreed, but can influence future developments. The Plan would have to be submitted to a local referendum in which all registered voters in the Neighbourhood Plan Area would be entitled to vote and can only be accepted if a majority of those voting agree to it. If accepted, the Plan would become a Policy Document to which Stockport Council must give due consideration.
WNF activities and purposes of the Neighbourhood Plan are shown in the flow chart here.
Since July 2019 WNF has been a consultee on all planning applications in the Woodford Neighbourhood Area. The management committee have reviewed planning applications and have submitted to Stockport Council an assessment against the policies in the Woodford Neighbourhood Plan. You can review our responses here.
Walking in Woodford
One of the aspirations that arose from our residents survey was to encourage walking and cycling in Woodford and we are working with Woodford Community Council to advocate for this. We are preparing guides to public rights of way in Woodford. You will find a map and summary of the routes here, and detailed guides here.
Are you interested in supporting our work by joining the Woodford Neighbourhood Forum? Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the Woodford Neighbourhood Area.
You don’t have to make onerous commitments. If you are interested in joining us, then please click on the image for our membership form (it’s very brief), we would be delighted to hear from you. Thank you.