Decision details

Alsager Neighbourhood Development Plan: Decision to Proceed to Referendum

Decision Maker: Portfolio Holder for Planning

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Alsager Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted to the Council in June 2019 and, following a statutory publicity period, proceeded to independent examination.  The examiners report has now been received and recommends that, subject to modifications, the Plan should proceed to referendum.


That the Portfolio Holder accepts the Examiner’s recommendations to make modifications to the Alsager Neighbourhood Plan, as set out in the Examiner’s report, and that a referendum be held on the Alsager Neighbourhood Plan, within the Alsager Neighbourhood Plan area.

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 Neighbourhood Plan is considered to meet the statutory tests, the Basic Conditions and procedural requirements set out in paragraph 8 of Schedule 10 to the Localism Act 2011 and as such it can now proceed to referendum.


Holding a referendum on the Neighbourhood Plan will enable the local community to vote on whether the plan should be used to determine planning applications in the neighbourhood area and bring the plan into statutory effect. The Neighbourhood 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 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 legal, proceedural and planning tests and therefore there is no reason a referendum should not be held.


Publication date: 09/01/2020

Date of decision: 09/01/2020

Effective from: 17/01/2020

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