The Localism Act enables communities to produce their own formal plans for a defined area (the Neighbourhood Area). They are discretionary, but a community has the right to decide to prepare such a plan if it wishes to. Neighbourhood Plans are prepared by the community and set out local planning policies in relation to that area. They have to be in line with national and local planning policy, have to be independently examined and then voted upon in a local referendum.
Lichfield District Council has received an application from Wigginton & Hopwas Parish Council to designate the Parish of Wigginton & Hopwas as a Neighbourhood Area in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
Lichfield District Council is required to consult for a minimum of 6 weeks on the proposals to designate Wigginton & Hopwas Parish as a Neighbourhood Area.
You can view the application at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans. If you have any comments on the application you can make your representation in one of three ways:
Make representations through the Council’s Consultation Centre that can be accessed via the following link: http://lichfielddc-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal
Write to the following address:
Development Plans Team
District Council House
Staffordshire, WS13 6YZ
The consultation runs from Tuesday 26th March 2013 to Tuesday 14th May 2013 (an extra week has been added to allow for the Easter period)
If you want to find out more about what Wigginton & Hopwas Parish Council are proposing or want to get involved, please contact the Parish Council: