has previously published two Town Plans, in 2004 and 2008 (right).
These were used to inform Bollington Town Council and Macclesfield
Borough Council, later Cheshire East Council, but they carried
no statutory powers.
The new Neighbourhood Plan being developed by
volunteers through 2014-15 is being prepared under the government's
scheme for communities to develop a plan, particularly for housing,
but for other aspects too, that will be adopted by the local borough
council, Cheshire East Council (CEC) in Bollington's case, and
to be adopted as a statutorily enforceable plan for the period
The process includes the following key points:
- Establish a group of residents, independent of Bollington Town
Council, but which may include members of that council;
- Develop, publish and distribute to every household a
questionnaire designed to establish the public's views on the future for the
- Having been informed by the results of the questionnaire, to
develop the Bollington Neighbourhood Plan;
- Publish and distribute the plan to every household;
- Hold a referendum of the community on the acceptance or otherwise
of the Bollington Neighbourhood Plan.
The public includes everyone aged 16 or over living within the
Bollington parish. All will be asked to complete the questionnaire
and later to vote on acceptance of the Bollington Neighbourhood
Once accepted by a simple majority vote of the community, the
plan will be submitted to CEC for inspection and, hopefully, adoption.
It will then become part of the Cheshire East statutory plan which
must thereafter be considered for all relevant decisions made by
the borough council and its officers.