Woodford Neighbourhood Plan
The Woodford Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Stockport Council on 28th Spetember 2018. The council organised a consultation which ran from 24 October to 7 December 2018. This consultation is now closed. The submission version of Woodford Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents can be found on the Stockport Council website. They are also available on this website here.
Following completion of the submission consultation, Stockport Council organised an Examination of the Woodford Neighbourhood Plan. In December 2018, an independent examiner, Nigel McGurk, was selected by SMBC with WNF approval from a short list of three candidates supplied by the Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service (NPIERS). Nigel McGurk has extensive experience in planning and development, including examination of several other neighbourhood plans and running companies involved with property development projects, giving him a broad perspective.
After an initial assessment of the WNP and supporting documents, the examiner requested clarification from WNF on a number of points. The exchange of letters can be viewed on the SMBC website here. He concluded that members of the public had been given appropriate opportunities to review the plan and make comments, so a Public Hearing would not be necessary and the examination could proceed on the more usual basis of written representations received during consultation.
The Examiner’s Report was presented to SMBC and WNF on 22nd March and the WNP has passed all the legislative requirements, including compliance with national and local policies and European legislation, strategic environment assessment, habitat regulations, sustainability, and public consultation, in order to proceed to referendum. It is normal for neighbourhood plan examiners to require amendments to policies and wording. WNP was no exception. These changes have now been made and approved by the examiner. The amended WNP now has to pass through a series of council meetings to final approval at a full council meeting on 4th July before it can be advertised as “final” and proceed to a residents’ referendum.
WNF activities and purposes for the Neighbourhood Plan are shown in the flow chart: