Land at Stableford, 19/00961/OUT

A planning application has been made to build 30 dwellings on 6.35 hectares of land between Springfield / Chorlton Mill and Stableford.

  • Site notices were posted on 20 April. To read the site notice click here.
  • For details of the proposed development click here. Click on the “Documents” tab to view the documents.
  • The proposed development is contrary to the policies of the Neighbourhood Plan.
  1. If you wish to object to the proposal you must do so in writing by 11 May 2020 by e-mail to planningapplications@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk or by letter to Development Control Manager, Castle House, Barracks Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme ST5 1BL
  2. To be considered as valid, objections must be on what is called “material planning grounds”. So, for example: an objection that the development would spoil your view will not be considered, although you can object on the grounds of landscape impact and include your own local knowledge of the site and observations of the landscape.
  3. You are advised to cite planning policies in your objection. See a simplified version of the Neighbourhood Plan policies by clicking here. See the full Neighbourhood Plan: Vol. 1 Strategic context, policies and plan; and Vol. II Maps and supporting evidence.
  4. Your representation must be written in your own words.

In order to help you write your objection we have compiled a list of material planning grounds that we think apply in this case, together with references to the appropriate policies in the Neighbourhood Plan. Click here.


Neighbourhood Plan “made”

The Neighbourhood Plan was “made” (adopted) by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council on 21 January 2020. The Plan now forms part of the Development Plan for Newcastle-under-Lyme and will be used to decide planning applications in the parishes of Chapel and Hill Chorlton, Maer and Aston, and Whitmore.

The “made” version of the Plan, the decision statement and the decision report can be accessed on the Neighbourhood Planning pages of the Borough Council’s website. Please follow this link and go to the bottom of the page.


Local Referendum result

The result of the Local Referendum held on 12 December 2019 is as follows:

Total number of votes cast 1519
Votes for “YES” 1246
Votes for “NO”   204
Rejected ballot papers     69

This means that the Neighbourhood Plan received an 82.2% “Yes” vote and it will now be “made” (adopted) by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and will have legal weight in making decisions on planning applications and planning appeals in Chapel & Hill Chorlton, Maer & Aston, and Whitmore parishes.

The turnout was 71.58%.


Local Referendum

The Local Referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will be held on Thursday 12 December 2019. The referendum question will be:

“Do you want Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Chapel and Hill Chorlton, Maer and Aston, and Whitmore to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

You can vote either “Yes” or “No”.

All people ared 18 years or over and who are registered to vote in the parishes of Chapel and Hill Chorlton, Maer and Aston, and Whitmore on 26 November 2019 will be eligible to vote. Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council will send poll cards to all eligible voters.

If you cannot get to the polling station on the day (for example, because you are away from home) you can apply for a postal or proxy vote. Applications for postal votes must reach Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council by 26 November. Applications for proxy votes must be made by 4 December.

Drop-in information events
There will be two drop-in information events in Whitmore Village Hall as follows:

Wednesday 4 December, 3:30pm to 6:30pm
Friday 6 December, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you have any questions about the Neighbourhood Plan please come to one of these events.

Neighbourhood Plan text
The final text of Neighbourhood Plan and all other documents relevant to the Local Referendum are available online to read and download.

Neighbourhood Plan, Volume I: Strategic context, policies and plan
Neighbourhood Plan, Volume II: Maps and supporting evidence
Copies of the written representations received at Regulation 16 stage and submitted to the Independent Examiner
Independent Examiner’s Report
Decision Statement issued by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Statement setting out general information about town and country planning, including neighbourhood planning and the referendum
Map of the Chapel and Hill Chorlton, Maer and Aston, and Whitmore Neighbourhood Area
Information Statement about the Local Referendum.

Printed versions of the same documents are available at the following locations:

Whitmore Village Hall
Public Library, Castle House, Newcastle

The Independent Examiner’s Report and the Decision Statement are also available at Aston Village Hall; St Lawrence’s Church, Chapel Chorlton; and St Peter’s Church, Maer.


Decision Statement

The Neighbourhood Plan is now in its final form and the Borough Council issued its Decision Statement on 4 October 2019. The Plan will proceed to Local Referendum within 56 days of this date, on a date to be announced  by the Borough Council.

The Neighbourhood Plan passed Independent Examination on 16 August 2019 and the Independent Examiner recommended that the Plan should proceed to Local Referendum, subject to making his recommended modifications. By agreement between Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Whitmore Parish Council (the Qualifying Body for the purposes of making the Neighbourhood Plan) the recommended modifications have been made.

The Borough Council has published both the Examiner’s Report and the Decision Statement on its website. The two documents can be viewed and downloaded at the following links:

Examiner’s Report
Decision Statement


Independent Examination

The Borough Council has appointed Mr Christopher Collison BA(Hons) MBA MRTPI MIED MCMI IHBC as the Independent Examiner for the Neighbourhood Plan. The formal examination will commence on 15 July 2019.

For details of how the examination will proceed see the initial letter from the Examiner.


Regular news

We publish an article or a notice in every issue of the church newsletter One Way. We know that One Way does not reach all parts of the Neighbourhood Area, so we also post copies on the parish noticeboards, in the village halls and in the bus shelters in Baldwins Gate.

We also have an article in every issue of the Whitmore Parish Council newsletter, which is published every 4 months. The articles in the December 2016, April 2017 and Spring (February) 2018 issues were also distributed as leaflets to all households in Chapel & Hill Chorlton and Maer & Aston parishes.

The articles and notices are also published on the website. For a full listing and to read them, click here.

It’s your neighbourhood – please support the Neighbourhood Plan!

Contact us by email to: cmaw-neighbourhoodplan@hotmail.com
Or speak to any Parish Councillor or member of the Steering Group

Please be sure to turn out and vote in the Referendum on the completed Plan!!!


Regulation 16

Regulation 16 publicity and consultation on the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan was commenced by the Borough Council on 25 April 2019 and will run until 4 June 2019. For details, follow this link to the Council’s website: https://www.newcastle-staffs.gov.uk/all-services/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-planning

On completion of the Regulation 16 consultation, the Plan will be subject to examination by an Independent Examiner.


Plan submission

The draft Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to the Borough Council on
25 January 2019. The Plan and accompanying documentation can be accessed here.

Draft Neighbourhood Plan, Vol. I: Strategic context, Local Green Space designations and policies
Draft Neighbourhood Plan, Vol. II: Maps and supporting evidence
Map of the Neighbourhood Area
Basic Conditions Statement
Consultation Statement
Appendices to Consultation Statement:
Appendix 1  List of consultation bodies
Appendix 2a Policies booklet distributed to all households (1st consultation)
Appendix 2b  Response form distributed to all households (1st consultation)
Appendix 3  Analysis of responses by letter and email (1st consultation)
Appendix 3a  Response from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council (1st consultation)
Appendix 4  Residents’ responses via response form (1st consultation)
Appendix 5 Notification distributed to all households (2nd consultation)
Appendix 6  Analysis of responses by letter and email (2nd consultation)
Appendix 6a  Response from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council (2nd consultation)
Appendix 7  Residents’ responses via response form (2nd consultation)
Appendix 8  Local Green Space audit and consultation reponses

Online supporting evidence is accessible in the Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base.

It’s your neighbourhood – please support the Neighbourhood Plan!

Contact us by email to: cmaw-neighbourhoodplan@hotmail.com
Or speak to any Parish Councillor or member of the Steering Group

Please be sure to turn out and vote in the Referendum on the completed Plan!!!


Local Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan
(Regulation 14)
12:00 noon, 19 September 2018 to 12:00 noon, 31 October 2018

This consultation is now closed

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is available to read online or download via the following link: Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Supporting evidence for the Plan is accessible in the Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base.

Printed copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan are available for inspection at the following locations:
Chapel Chorlton church
Maer church
Whitmore village hall

Drop-in event
Whitmore village hall, 10:00am to 3:00pm, Saturday 13 October 2018

Responding to the consultation
Click here to access the online response form.
Responses to the consultation can be submitted using the online form, or by letter addressed to Whitmore Parish Council. All consultation responses must be received by 12:00 noon on Wednesday 31 October 2018. No responses received after that time can be considered.

Parish Councils Privacy Notice regarding NDP


Regular news

We publish an article or a notice in every issue of the church newsletter One Way. We know that One Way does not reach all parts of the Neighbourhood Area, so we also post copies on the parish noticeboards, in the village halls and in the bus shelters in Baldwins Gate.

We also have an article in every issue of the Whitmore Parish Council newsletter, which is published every 4 months. The articles in the December 2016, April 2017 and Spring (February) 2018 issues were also distributed as leaflets to all households in Chapel & Hill Chorlton and Maer & Aston parishes.

The articles and notices are also published on the website. For a full listing and to read them, click here.

It’s your neighbourhood – please support the Neighbourhood Plan!

Please participate in the consultations
Contact us by email to: cmaw-neighbourhoodplan@hotmail.com
Or speak to any Parish Councillor or member of the Steering Group

Please be sure to turn out and vote in the Referendum on the completed Plan!!!


Local Consultation on Draft Neighbourhood Development Plan (Regulation 14)
12:00 noon, 19 June 2018 to 12:00 noon, 31 July 2018

This consultation is now closed

The Draft Neighbourhood Plan is available to read online or download via the following link: Draft Neighbourhood Plan

Supporting evidence for the Plan is accessible in the Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base.

Also available online is a booklet featuring the aims and policies of the Plan and which has been delivered to all households and businesses in the Neighbourhood Area.

Printed copies of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan are available for inspection at the
following locations:
Aston village hall                               Whitmore village hall
Chapel Chorlton church                 Guildhall Customer Service Centre OR
Maer church                                           Castle House, Ironmarket, Newcastle

Drop-in event
Whitmore village hall, 2:30pm to 7:30pm, Wednesday 27 June 2018

Responding to the consultation
Click here to access the online response form.
Responses to the consultation can be submitted using the online form, or on the printed paper form. All consultation responses must be received by 12:00 noon on Tuesday 31 July 2018. No responses received after that time can be considered.

Parish Councils Privacy Notice regarding NDP


Townscape Character Appraisal report received

We have now received the Townscape Character Appraisal report that was prepared for us by AECOM consultants under the terms of our grant.

The report reviews the character of the villages, hamlets and other settlements in the Neighbourhood Area. It highlights their contribution to the area’s rural character and their relationship to the wider landscape setting. The report also includes a village design statement for Baldwins Gate. You can read the Townscape Character Appraisal here.

Regular news

We publish an article or a notice in every issue of the church newsletter One Way. We know that One Way does not reach all parts of the Neighbourhood Area, so we also post copies on the parish noticeboards, in the village halls and in the bus shelters in Baldwins Gate.

We also have an article in every issue of the Whitmore Parish Council newsletter, which is published every 4 months. The articles in the December 2016, April 2017 and Spring (February) 2018 issues were also distributed as leaflets to all households in Chapel & Hill Chorlton and Maer & Aston parishes.

The articles and notices are also published on the website. For a full listing and to read them, click here.

It’s your neighbourhood – please support the Neighbourhood Plan!

Please participate in the consultations
Contact us by email to: cmaw-neighbourhoodplan@hotmail.com
Or speak to any Parish Councillor or member of the Steering Group

Please be sure to turn out and vote in the Referendum on the completed Plan!!!


Local Green Space Consultation, Lakeside Close and Heronpool Drive

A Public Consultation on Local Green Space at Lakeside Close and Heronpool Drive, Baldwins Gate, Whitmore Parish, is being held from 9 September to 23 September 2017.

The consultation is available online only and comments can be sent to the Clerk of Whitmore Parish Council (wendy.kinson@tiscali.co.uk).

View the Local Green Space Audit for Lakeside Close and Heronpool Drive, Baldwins Gate
View photographs of the proposed Local Green Spaces
View a map of Whitmore Parish

Locality Neighbourhood Planning Local Green Spaces guide
The guide contains information about the process for designating Local Green Space.


Local Greenspace Consultation

Public Consultation events

Public Consultation events on Local Green Space will be held on Saturday 5 August

Whitmore Village Hall: 10 am to 12 noon
Maer Village Hall: 3 pm to 5 pm

These will be informal, drop-in events. The Local Green Space Audit for the three parishes will be available for inspection and comment.

The public consultation will last from 31 July to 21 August. During this time the Local Green Space Audit is also available for inspection online at Local green space audit consultation. Comments can  be sent by email to cmaw-neighbourhoodplan@hotmail.com.


Roadshows

We will be holding Roadshows in March, as follows:

Aston Village Hall  7:00pm Wednesday 8th March
 Maer Village Hall  7:00pm Wednesday 15th March
 Whitmore Village Hall  8:00pm Monday 20th March

The Plan belongs to all of us
so come along to share ideas

www.cmaw-neighbourhoodplan.org.uk
cmaw-neighbourhoodplan@hotmail.com

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It’s your neighbourhood – please support the Neighbourhood Plan!
Please attend the Roadshows and participate in the consultation
Please be sure to turn out and vote in the Referendum on the completed Plan


Announcement

Appointment of Planning Consultant

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Miss Hannah Barter of Urban Vision Enterprise CIC as Planning Consultant for the Neighbourhood Development Plan.

Hannah has lived in Staffordshire for 14 years and has a wealth of experience with Neighbourhood Planning. Hannah is the consultant for a number of other Neighbourhood Plans in North Staffordshire, including Stone and Barlaston. She is also involved with Neighbourhood Plans in other parts of the country, including as far south as Portsmouth.

Hannah is a director of Urban Vision, which is based in Leek. As well as working with Neighbourhood Planning groups, Urban Vision is closely involved in providing support to Locality, the organisation that is running the Neighbourhood Planning programme on behalf of the government. Hannah’s co-director at Urban Vision, Dave Chetwyn, is the consultant for the Loggerheads Neighbourhood Plan.

Hannah will provide advice to the Steering Group and, as the work progresses, will assist with the all-important work of drafting the policies of the Plan. Her work will be funded by the government grant that is supporting our Neighbourhood Plan.

We look forward to working with Hannah and to making progress under her expert guidance.


The Questionnaire

The Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire is being distrbuted to all homes in the Neighbourhood Area during the week 13th to 20th August, for completion by Tuesday 20th September.

Consultation with the local community is an important part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, and we hope that all residents aged 18 and over will participate by completing a questionnaire.

We are also inviting all people who are not resident but who own a business or property or who work in the Neighbourhood Area to complete a questionnaire.

Do it online!
Save our fingers and help us with the data entry by doing your questionnaire online! The online questionnaire can be accessed here.

If you complete the questionnaire online you do not need to do it on paper.

Paper questionnaires
Please drop off your completed paper questionnaire in the clearly labelled grey plastic bin at Station Stores, Baldwins Gate Surgery, Chapel Chorlton church or Maer church, or in the Aston Village Hall postbox.

Extra copies of the paper questionnaire will available at Station Stores after 20th August. You can also download a PDF copy here.

The questionnaire map is available to view here.


The NDP needs YOU!

The Neighbourhood Development Plan will guide how change happens in this area. It will be a blueprint to specify where new, small developments for housing, services, business and community facilities will be permitted, to protect and enhance areas of biodiversity and to safeguard open spaces that the community values.

The Plan will meet the genuine, locally identified needs of the community and the environment of the area.

It will have legal status and will help to ensure that change and development in the area are what the community want and need and in the best interests of the rural environment.

The Neighbourhood Development Plan needs YOU!

If you can contribute any of these skills, or help with any of these tasks, please use the Contact form to get in touch with us.

Analyse information and data
Blog about it
Create maps (GIS)
Deliver leaflets
Ecology and biodiversity
Engage with people
Facebook it
Interest in local and community matters
Knowledge of local and government issues
Local knowledge and contacts
Make presentations
Marketing
Organise events
Put up posters
Read maps and plans
Take photographs
Tweet about it
Write planning policies

Roadshows

There will be a series of presentations during November and December to engage with residents and get their views on the Neighbourhood Development Plan that the combined parishes of Chapel & Hill Chorlton, Maer & Aston and Whitmore are now working on.

Events will be held at a number of venues across the Neighbourhood, so there will be one near you.

Aston Village Hall 7:30pm Thursday 26th November
Maer Village Hall 7:30pm Wednesday 2nd December
Madonna Club 7:30pm Tuesday 8th December
Butterton Church 7:30pm Wednesday 9th December
Whitmore Village Hall 8:00pm Monday 14th December

Each event will last approximately 2 hours.

This is a highly important and significant initiative for our Neighbourhood, so please make every effort to attend.

More about the Chapel & Hill Chorlton, Maer & Aston and Whitmore Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group is holding a series of Roadshows in November and December, at the Madonna Club, Aston Village Hall, Maer Village Hall, Butterton Church and Whitmore Village Hall, to bring information about the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) to the community.

Following the Roadshows, early in 2016 we will be inviting the entire community to participate in a survey. The NDP is a rare opportunity for all of us to join in planning and shaping the development of our Neighbourhood Area. The more we all participate and contribute, the surer we can be of creating a Plan that will take us along the right path.

Although identifying and planning for our community’s future housing needs will be part of the Plan, it is about a great deal more than that. It is also about how land is to be used in our Neighbourhood Area for services, employment and jobs, transport and communications, leisure and recreation, and it is about how to create a sustainable community, economy and environment.

What is a sustainable community? How well and for how long could our community survive (that is, sustain itself) if it were cut off from the surrounding area? Your answer to that question is the measure of our community’s sustainability today. We need to plan for a community that is less dependent on the outside and more self-sustaining.

Do we have enough of the right kinds of local services and businesses? Should we try to create more jobs locally? What will commuting look like in the future, and will our community be less commuter based? What developments are needed in our telecommunications network to enable local services, businesses and home workers to function successfully?

What kind of a transport system do we need and to what places should it to take us? If Whitmore Station were reopened and the North Staffordshire Railway line were restored how would we use them and what opportunities would they open up?

In an increasingly hi-tech world, what will future patterns of work and leisure be and how will we spend our leisure time? What sport and recreation facilities will we need, and what leisure and recreation facilities can our area offer to the urban population on our doorstep?

Important parts of our area’s historical heritage are hidden and inaccessible. How can we protect both these and our green environment and local habitats, and at the same time make them accessible and incorporate them into the local economy? How can we assure that new generations of trees will be planted to take the place of existing trees and woodlands as they age and decay?

These are just a few of the great many questions that our community faces today. Neighbourhood Plan Group hopes that through the widest possible participation of the local community in voicing their wants and needs, views and opinions, hopes and plans, it will be possible to identify answers that will be right for our Neighbourhood Area and our community.

Change is coming, because change is a constant and continual reality in the world. How much in our Neighbourhood Area today would be recognisable to the community that lived here 200 or 100 years ago? Our Neighbourhood Area is set to change just as much in the next 100 and 200 years, but we can all contribute to starting that change and making it one that we believe will be right for the locality and for future generations that will live and work here.