First Stage Documents for the Neighbourhood Plan.
Work to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for the Moss has now reached the evidence and policy options stage.
Preparing this plan is a key task for the Forum. See the Forum’s purpose, aims and ambitions here.. Purpose Aims & Ambitions
Due to the Coronavirus situation it is not possible to hold public events which local people can attend and view the documents and discuss matters in person.
Consequently, these documents are presented below.
A questionnaire to Moss residents was undertaken in the Autumn of 2019 – see the results here…Residents Survey Results
Taking these results into consideration the Forum appointed planning consultants to thoroughly investigate what makes Marton Moss special and what is needed going forward. Their detailed findings are set out in the following evidence reports. Summaries of the main findings of each report have also been produced.
The Evidence Documents.
- Housing Needs Assessment summary
- Housing Needs Assessment full report
- Design Code summary
- Design Code full report
- Site Options And Assessment summary
- Site Options & Assessment (with minor corrections)
- Major Open Land Study summary
- Major Open Land Study full report
- Local Green Space Study summary
- Local Green Space Study full report
- Footpaths, Bridleways & Cycle Routes Study summary
- Footpaths, Bridleways & Cycle Routes Study full report
Using this evidence our initial ideas for the Neighbourhood Plan are outlined in the following short papers:
One key intention for the Plan is to show which plots of land should be developed for new housing. The call for sites initiated by Blackpool Council and carried on by the Forum resulted in 33 suggested sites. The Site Options and Assessment Report appraised these sites for their suitability. Theses sites are shown below.
Maps from the full report
A map showing site boundaries in more detail is available by pressing the Detail Map button at the bottom of the page.
However, this is only the start of the process of deciding which sites are considered acceptable for new housing and should be ‘allocated’ for that use. Many matters need to be considered – see the suggested criteria to be used…Suggested Criteria
Ultimately decision making on all planning applications rests with the local planning authority. The community leads on preparing the plan and setting out the policies for development in their area but it is the LPA that will grant planning permission in accordance with those policies and be responsible for enforcing them.