[A] referendum on a new Neighbourhood Plan for Dalston Parish will be held this Thursday (22 February).
Anyone who is entitled and registered to vote in the Parish will be able to vote in the referendum which will seek to establish public support for making the Plan part of Carlisle City Council’s planning policy for the area. It would then be used to help make decisions on proposed developments within the Parish.
Should more than 50% of people be in favour of the City Council adopting the plan, then it will be officially adopted into local planning policy.
Votes can be cast at the polling stations within the Parish, as indicated on polling cards. Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 22 February 2018.
The Dalston Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been drawn together by a Steering Group consisting of Parish Councillors and interested parishioners for Dalston Parish Council. It aims to reflect the unique and historic qualities of the village and the wider parish.
It was submitted to Carlisle City Council to progress in May 2017. It has also been consulted on twice during its production, over the autumn in 2016 and the summer in 2017. The Plan was also considered by an independent examiner in September 2017, who ruled that the Plan was in line with regulations and should proceed to referendum.
The Dalston Parish Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available at: http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/planning-policy/-Neighbourhood-Planning/Dalston-Neighbourhood-Plan
Alternatively, paper copies can be viewed at the Civic Centre, Carlisle and at the Dalston Parish Council Offices at Forge Green, Dalston or at St Michael’s Church and Library in Dalston during normal opening hours.
Neighbourhood Planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011, as a bottom-up planning initiative that allows local communities to have the opportunity to shape development in their areas by directly influencing the district’s development plan.
Dalston was the first Parish to elect to produce a Neighbourhood Plan in 2013. Carlisle City Council has provided guidance over the last four years but ultimately the plan has been written by local people for local people. Once adopted, the Plan will form part of Carlisle City Council’s Development Plan, carrying the same status as the Local Plan when assessing planning applications within Dalston Parish. It will be used in planning decisions within the Parish.
The Plan is primarily concerned with the management of housing development, ensuring it reflects the unique and historic qualities of Dalston village and the wider Parish. It also seeks to boost the local economy through support for local employment development, and protect the local environment through the designation of a number of ‘Local Green Spaces’ of high value to the local community.