Decision details

Knutsford Neighbourhood Development Plan: Decision to Proceed to Referendum

Decision maker: Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Regeneration

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Knutsford Neighbourhood Development Plan (KNDP) was submitted to the Council in October 2018 and, following a statutory publicity period, proceeded to Independent Examination. The Examiner’s report has now been received and recommends that, subject to modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum. The Plan contributes to delivery of sustainable development in Knutsford and through its alignment with the Local Plan Strategy the KNDP also supports the Councils own strategic aims to promote economic prosperity, create sustainable communities, protect and enhance environmental quality and promote sustainable travel.


That the Portfolio Holder accepts the Examiner’s recommendations to make modifications to the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan as set out in the Examiner’s report (at Appendix 1) and confirms that the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan will now proceed to referendum in the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan area. The referendum is proposed to be held on 14th March 2019.

Reasons for the decision:

The Council is committed to supporting neighbourhood planning in Cheshire East. It has a legal duty to provide advice and assistance on neighbourhood plans, to hold an independent examination on neighbourhood plans submitted to the Council, and to make arrangements for a referendum following a favourable Examiner’s Report.


Subject to the modifications set out in the Examiner’s Report, the Knutsford Neighbourhood Plan is considered to meet the statutory tests, the Basic Conditions and procedural requirements set out in Schedule 10, paragraph 8, of the Localism Act and as such it can now proceed to referendum.


Subjecting the KNDP to referendum will allow the local community to vote on whether it should be used to determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area and bring the plan into statutory effect. The plan, as modified, will contribute to the strategic aims set out in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy and upon the outcome of a successful referendum result will be ‘made’ and form part of the Development Plan for Cheshire East.

Alternative options considered:

Not to proceed to referendum. The examiner has found that subject to modification, the plan meets the relevant tests and therefore there is no reason a referendum should not be held.

Publication date: 04/02/2019

Date of decision: 04/02/2019

Effective from: 12/02/2019

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