Those living and working in Walton, Wakefield have had some major planning applications to consider in recent years. With the introduction of The Localism Act 2011, it was felt that there was an opportunity for those people to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to future development decisions. The decision was made to channel our collective efforts and create a Neighbourhood Plan, a document which if approved at a referendum, will be used to direct and shape what happens in the village in future years. This document will be part of the statutory development plan. It must have regard to national policies and have general conformity with Wakefield Councils existing strategic local policy.
An application was made by Walton Parish Council and submitted to the Wakefield Council in October 2012 for them to be allocated as the appropriate body to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan and also to designate the area that the plan will cover. This was published for public comment between 8 November and 19 December 2012 with the designation being approved on 17th January 2013. An Independent Examiner has approved the Walton Neighbourhood Plan and the Referendum for those eligible to vote has been set as 3rd December 2015. Read more here: http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/about-the-council/elections/current-elections/walton-neighbourhood-planning-referendum
Walton Parish Council have delegated the project to a Steering Group chaired by Parish Councillor Helen Massey with support from a number of steering group members who live and / or work in Walton. For a full list of members please click on the About Us section, Steering Group Members.