New Plan to guide development in Walton

Date: 23/03/2016
Ref: PR 8201

Wakefield Council's key decision makers are to discuss a Neighbourhood Plan for Walton which will be used by the Council to help make decisions on future planning applications in the area.

Walton Parish Council published the draft plan in 2014 for the public to give comments. This feedback was considered and the Plan amended accordingly.

The plan outlines policies to help protect Walton's local heritage, including Waterton Historic Park and other local green spaces. The plan also includes plans to improve, extend and create footpaths, cycle ways and bridleway links and new allotments and community gardens.

A referendum was held to decide whether the Council should use the Plan and over 95% of those who voted were in favour.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "We would like to thank the local community for their efforts in helping us to create the Walton Neighbourhood Plan. The community involvement in creating the Plan ensures that people have more influence in the type, quality and location of development in their local area.

"This Plan, in conjunction with the Council's Local Development Framework, provides a vision for the future of the Parish of Walton and together they set out clear planning policies to help achieve that vision."

The Plan also includes policies to help safeguard existing services. The change of use of shops, leisure, sporting and community facilities will only be allowed if it can be demonstrated that efforts have been made to secure their continued use for these purposes or that alternative provision is made.

If approved by the Council's Cabinet on March 29, the Walton Neighbourhood Development Plan will become part of the development plan for the district and as such will be a key consideration in determining planning applications in the Parish of Walton.

The Plan is being discussed at the Council's next Cabinet meeting on 29 March. ​