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The Parishes?

The four parishes are Wybunbury, Hough & Chorlton, Hatherton & Walgherton and Doddington & District (this latter parish council covers Doddington, Hunsterson, Bridgemere, Checkley-cum-Wrinehill, Blakenhall and Lea). These small hamlets together with Wybunbury Village have a combined population of approximately 2,650 residents

A brief history of the Wybunbury Combined Parishes


Current Documents

Regulation 5 - Neighbourhood Area: Consultation

Wybunbury Neighbourhood Area Application Form.pdf

Proposed Wybunbury Combined Neighbourhood Area.pdf

Regulation 6 - Wybunbury Combined Neighbourhood Application Area Notice

Wybunbury Neighbourhood Area Application Notice.pdf

Regulation 7 - Neighbourhood Area Designation

Neighbourhood Area Recommendation Report.pdf

Wybunbury Combined Neighbourhood Area Decision Notice.pdf

Cheshire East Council website link for the Neighbourhood Plan


October 2017 Up-date

As a result of your responses to the draft vision statement in the First Questionnaire, the Vision for the Neighbourhood Plan has been expanded as follows:


“The Wybunbury Parishes will remain distinct, rural communities and the tranquil    setting of the area will be maintained. This rural and individual character will be acknowledged by the adoption of appropriate building styles, choice of local materials, appropriate densities and levels of green infrastructure which reflect and enhance the local character.

Moving forward we want to maintain the Wybunbury Parishes as thriving local and   independent communities. We will ensure their long-term future by working to meet the needs of those who live and work here and those who visit the area.”


The Wybunbury Combined Parishes Neighbourhood Plan needs to be aspirational but also realistic!

In order to achieve the Vision and in response to the issues residents have raised in the First Consultation and Five-Year Housing Survey (April 2017), we have identified the following aims:

(1) Any new homes in the area should respond positively to identified housing needs

(2) The Open Countryside between settlements should be protected to maintain the     character and integrity of each of the settlements in the Neighbourhood Plan area.

(3) The impact of traffic on the local communities should be reduced.

(4) Any new development should be supported by appropriate infrastructure.

(5) Access to the countryside is maintained and improved, including the connectivity       between settlements and the surrounding area by footpaths and cycleways.

(6) The natural and built environment of the parishes, including their landscape, built      heritage, archaeological sites and wildlife habitats are protected and enhanced.

(7) Businesses are supported and new enterprises appropriate to the character of the area will be encouraged.

(8) To keep housing development small in scale, designed to a high quality which is      sustainable and complimentary to the character of the immediate area.

October 2018 Up-date

The neighbourhood plan steering group has continued over the course of 2018 to complete the following:

(1) To formulate neighbourhood plan policies based on the intelligence gathered from the Consultation Activities of 2017 and further public engagement events at the 2018 Fig Pie Wakes and our Local Businesses Questionnaire.

(2) Cheshire Wildlife Trust have submitted their ‘Natural Landscape Report’ which has been essential in developing our ecology and environment policies.

(3) In partnership with the Parish Councils and utilising the data accumulated by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, we submitted a Petition to the HS2a Select Committee in June 2018 seeking mitigation against construction traffic using our rural highways network. A ‘Letter of Assurance’ has been issued confirming HS2 Ltd’s commitment to minimising the impact of construction traffic. This will be reviewed by the Wybunbury Combined Parishes as these assurances are committed to the second phase of the Hybrid Bill in late Autumn 2018.

(4) Further evidence has been collated in relation to:

i) Superfast Broadband Provision and coverage within the Neighbourhood Plan Area (See document library)

ii) The temporary and permanent impact of HS2a (Area CA5) on Public Rights of Way (PROW) and Bridleways (BW) throughout the Neighbourhood Plan Area. (See document Library).

iii) Further neighbourhood plan policy work is underway regarding settlement boundaries and ‘Local Green Gaps’ in line with the recent consultation held by Cheshire East Council (First Draft of the Site Allocations and Development Policies Document: August 2018).

iv) Submission of the Draft Neighbourhood Plan to Cheshire East Council and for Public Consultation (Regulation 14) is proposed for January 2019.