Wirral Council resolved to legally ‘make’ the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Devonshire Park on 14 December 2015. 

Decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Devonshire Park will now need to be made in accordance with the Neighbourhood Development Plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

A copy of the Council’s Decision Statement and the final version of the Neighbourhood Development Plan can be viewed below:    

Background

Wirral Council agreed to designate the Devonshire Park Neighbourhood Forum on 30 April 2013 with a life of five years. Further details can be found on the Residents’ Association website

The forum issued a draft neighbourhood plan for public consultation on 31 May 2013 and submitted their final proposals to the council on 14 November 2014, which were published by the council for public comment on 8 December 2014. The deadline for comments was 6 February 2015.

The draft neighbourhood plan and the comments received were submitted to an independent examiner, who recommended that the plan should proceed to a local referendum subject to a number of modifications. The council accepted the examiner's recommendations and the modified documents were published in July 2015:

Additional examination documents

View the wider background to the publication of the proposed Neighbourhood Plan.

The local referendum on the Neighbourhood Development Plan for Devonshire Park, as modified following independent examination, took place on 22 October 2015. Of those who voted, 92% were in favour of using the Plan to help decide planning applications within the Neighbourhood Area. Find out more about the results of the referendum

The Council’s Cabinet recommended the final ‘making’ of the Neighbourhood Development Plan on 5 November 2015.  View the wider background to the decision (Item 69 refers).