St. Helens City Council established neighborhood planning workshops

RESIDENTS will now have more power to shape the development and growth of their local area as government funding for neighborhood planning is secured.

St Helens Borough Council secured funding to engage with residents about the creation of the community-led planning facility and the benefits it will bring.

With this funding, the council has hired an independent organization to engage with community groups and assist them with neighborhood planning through September 2023.

The engagement will soon begin with “Introduction to Neighborhood Planning” workshops at three locations beginning later this month.

The workshops are free for all to attend and explain what neighborhood planning is, how neighborhood planning could benefit your area, how to get started and what help is available.

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Neighborhood planning allows communities to choose where to build new homes, shops and offices, how they look and what infrastructure to provide.

What you can do

The benefits that neighborhood planning with community support can bring include identifying and protecting local green spaces, protecting the character and appearance of an area, managing new developments in an area, recognizing and protecting local cultural assets, promoting good design in new developments and allocation of plots for new construction.

Neighborhood planning benefits also include outlining future proposals for new infrastructure in an area, including open spaces, transportation links, schools, health care facilities and other community infrastructure, and helping to achieve a vision and strategic priorities for your area.

Councilor Richard McCauley, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: “Neighborhood planning gives communities direct authority to develop a shared vision and shape the development and growth of their local area.

“And while our local plan was developed with and for our district, the powerful tools available to residents through neighborhood planning could really impact how the plan is implemented in their community.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest and pride in developing their local area to get involved, tap into the independent expertise we have commissioned and see what can be accomplished together through neighborhood planning.”

A neighborhood plan gives local communities the power to shape development in their area through a formal plan that has been the subject of consultation, review and public referendum.

After a successful outcome of the public referendum, a neighborhood plan will be “created” and enacted by law.

It will later become part of the development plan for the area along with the local plan, on the basis of which the building applications will be evaluated and subsequently decided.

Neighborhood planning workshops

Monday 30 January 6-8pm – Clock Face Labor Club, Clock Face Road, St Helens WA9 4TZ

Tuesday 31st January 11am-1pm – St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens WA10 1HP

Tuesday 7 February, 2-4pm – Newton-le-Willows Community Center, Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows WA12 8EX

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Participation in the introductory workshops is free of charge, but registration is required.

Find an online booking form on the website above or alternatively email DAC Planning on or call them on 07990 038778. St. Helens City Council established neighborhood planning workshops

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