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Neighbourhood planning

Find out about neighbourhood planning areas in the Moorlands and how to get involved with them

Neighbourhood planning enables members of a local community to take forward planning proposals for the neighbourhood in which they live. Neighbourhood Development Plans are voluntary local planning policy documents that are written and developed by a community, usually led by a town or parish council.

Once a neighbourhood plan is made and adopted, it will form part of the Development Plan for Staffordshire Moorlands. This means that it will become a main consideration within the local planning system.

Current Plans under Consultation

Leekfrith Parish Council has prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Leekfrith parish and is seeking comments on the proposals. All comments on the draft neighbourhood plan must be sent to Leekfrith Parish Council by midnight on 21st March 2018.

Forsbrook Parish Council has applied to the Council to designate Forsbrook parish as a Neighbourhood Area. This is the first step in the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan.

How to get involved

We can offer the following assistance to help you produce a neighbourhood plan:

  • advice and guidance, including an initial meeting to explain the process
  • provision of local maps 
  • specialist technical advice, offering a 'critical friend' role throughout the drafting of the plan
  • assistance with consultation and publicity programmes

Where are the Neighbourhood Planning Areas in the Moorlands?

SMDC Neighbourhood Areas March 2017 [1MB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Leekfrith
Date of Designation: 24 March 2015  (Staffordshire Moorlands District Council) and 13 March 2015  (Peak District National Park Authority)
Relevant body: Leekfrith Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in March 2015.

  Leekfrith Neighbourhood Area Map [3MB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Biddulph
Date of Designation: 16th February 2016
Relevant body: Biddulph Town Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016.

  Biddulph Town Council application letter [107KB]   Biddulph Neighbourhood Plan Area [1MB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Brown Edge
Date of Designation: 16th February 2016
Relevant body: Brown Edge Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016. For further information please see the Brown Edge Neighbourhood Plan

  Brown Edge Parish Council application letter [87KB]   Brown Edge Neighbourhood Plan Area [1MB]

Name of Designated Neighbourhood Area: Checkley
Date of Designation: 16th February 2016
Relevant body: Checkley Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Plan Area was designated in February 2016.

  Checkley Parish Council application letter [71KB]   Checkley Neighbourhood Plan Area [2MB]

Name of proposed designated Neighbourhood Area: Draycott in the Moors
Date of Designation: 19th July 2016
Relevant Body: Draycott in the Moors Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 19th July 2016

  Draycott-in-the Moors Neighbourhood Area Map [1MB]  

Name of designated Neighbourhood Area: Rushton
Date of Designation: 14th February 2017
Relevant Body: Rushton Parish Council
Progress: The Neighbourhood Area was designated on 14th February 2017

Rushton Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation and Application Letter [685KB]

Parish Councils

Parish and town councils should contact us for advice if interested in neighbourhood planning.

or phone 01538 395570.