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Referendum Result

Hartford's Neighbourhood Plan to proceed to referendum on 5th May 2016

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Click on the image or the link to see the Neighbourhood Plan document. Other documents relating to the Neighbourhood Plan can be found in the Document Management System.

Examiner's Report

On reviewing the content of the proposed Hartford Neighbourhood Plan and the representations which were received as part of the publication process (19 August – 7 October 2015), the examiner decided to undertake the examination through consideration of written representations. He has now delivered his examiner's report on the Hartford Neighbourhood Plan which says that, subject to certain modifications, the plan meets the basic conditions and can proceed to referendum.

Councillor Brian Clarke (Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure) has, under delegated powers, authorised the modified plan and the referendum will take place on Thursday 5 May, the same day as the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

About the Neighbourhood Plan

The Hartford Neighbourhood Plan (the "Plan") is a new type of planning document. It is part of the Government's new approach to planning, which was passed in the Localism Act of 15 November 2011, which introduced new rights and powers to allow local communities to shape future development.

This was an important change to the planning system; communities can use their Neighbourhood Plan to permit the development they want to see.

The Localism Act gives people more say in future applications for development within their community, where new homes should be built, who they should be for and what they should look like.

The period covered by the Plan is 2010 to 2030, which mirrors that of the Cheshire West and Chester Local Plan. The Plan will be reviewed and updated during this period.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan is agreed at the referendum stage and is made (brought into legal force) by the Local Authority it becomes part of the statutory development plan.

Hartford's Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared in accordance with the regulations and requirements of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and has been submitted and accepted by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents have been reviewed by the Authority and are considered to meet the relevant legal and procedural requirements. Cheshire West and Chester Council proceeded to examination by publicising the Hartford Neighbourhood Plan for a period of 7 weeks from 19th August 2015 to 7th October 2015.

The consultation period ended on 7th October 2015 and all comments can be viewed on Cheshire West and Chester Council's website.

On Monday 16th November 2015 Mr Nigel McGurk was appointed independent examiner for the Hartford Neighbourhood Plan.