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Neighbourhood plan is not for Lostock
LOSTOCK councillors feel a neighbourhood plan would cost too much time, effort and money compared the impact it would have when fighting developments.
Cheshire Community Action (CCA) attended Lostock Gralam Parish Council’s latest meeting, where representative Sarah Baron told councillors and members of the public about the benefits of both parish and neighbourhood plans.
She said: “A parish or neighbourhood plan can help you to prioritise what you want to happen in your area and where you would like development, what type of development and how it looks.”
Neighbourhood plans can take up to five years to create and as well as involving a great deal of input from volunteers and councillors, cost in the order of £10,000.
Nicola Clarke, parish council clerk, said: “The trouble is that the parish is split between the two villages – Lostock Gralam and Lostock Green. We have talked about the idea and residents of Lostock Green are very interested in doing it but they would prefer to do it just for Lostock Green.”
Councillor Peter Kelly, said he felt it was a waste of time.
He said: “Local residents have been kicked that many times they don’t want to spend time doing this sort of thing because they know that at the end of the day, the big boys are going to say ‘tough’.
“When you get knocked back all of the time, do we really want to do all of that work and spend all of that money?”
One resident said: “It wouldn’t be worth it – I can’t get any enthusiasm for it.”
Councillor Mark Litton, parish council chairman, added: “I don’t think there is anywhere left in Lostock to be developed.”
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