A consultation is underway on how the Parish of Dalston will be developed in the future.
The Dalston Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been drawn together by a Steering Group consisting of Parish Councillors and interested parishioners for Dalston Parish Council. It aims to reflect the unique and historic qualities of the village and the wider parish.
It has been submitted to Carlisle City Council to progress towards independent planning examination. The City Council has assessed the Plan and is satisfied that it meets the legal requirements outlined in the regulations.
A six week consultation period started on Monday 5 June and finishes on Monday 17 July. This is the final stage to make comments on the Plan.
A consultation response form has been prepared to help guide anyone wanting to comment on the Plan.
The Dalston Parish Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents are available at: http://www.carlisle.gov.uk/planning-policy/-Neighbourhood-Planning/Dalston-Neighbourhood-Plan
Alternatively, paper copies can be viewed at the Civic Centre, Carlisle and at the Dalston Parish Council Offices at Forge Green, Dalston or at St Michael’s Church and Library in Dalston during normal opening hours.
Neighbourhood Planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011, as a bottom-up planning initiative that allows local communities to have the opportunity to shape development in their areas by directly influencing the district’s development plan.
Dalston was the first Parish to elect to produce a Neighbourhood Plan in 2013.
Carlisle City Council has provided guidance over the last four years but ultimately the plan has been written by local people for local people.
The Plan will eventually form part of Carlisle City Council’s Development Plan, carrying the same status as the Local Plan when assessing planning applications within Dalston Parish. It will be used in planning decisions within the Parish.
The Plan is primarily concerned with the management of housing development, ensuring it reflects the unique and historic qualities of Dalston village and the wider Parish. It also seeks to boost the local economy through support for local employment development, and protect the local environment through the designation of a number of ‘Local Green Spaces’ of high value to the local community.