HORWICH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THE FUTURE OF OUR TOWN

WELCOME TO HORWICH NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN

As part of legislation introduced in 2012, Horwich is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, which will put in place the Vision and Planning Policies for the future development of Horwich for the next 15 years.

The Neighbourhood Plan Area for Horwich was approved by Bolton Council on 15th January 2018.

A public meeting and several smaller events were held during 2018 where residents were asked what they liked and disliked about Horwich and what would be their future wishes for the town.

With over 360 responses, the Steering Group were able to identify the key issues, develop objectives to address those key issues, an overall vision for Horwich and how the Neighbourhood Plan could achieve that vision.

We are now asking every household in Horwich to comment on the vision and objectives?

Your responses are vital, they will be used by the Steering Group to write and publish a draft Neighbourhood Plan. It will have an Independent Examination then be put to residents as a referendum. A ‘yes’ will see a Neighbourhood Plan adopted, a legal document with the Planning Policies to achieve your vision for Horwich.

Underneath each section below there is a comments box, please write any comments in the spaces provided, click send, and your comments will be directed to us.

Kind Regards

Marie Brady
Chair of Horwich Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

DRAFT PLAN SECTIONS

Click a link below to read the draft plan and submit your own comments and suggestions:

Protecting Horwich

Protect Horwich from types of change (such as too much of one type of business.)

Influencing Building & Design

Include policies to influence new building design, or alterations to existing buildings.

Protecting Our Open Spaces

Green Gaps, Nature Reserves, Wildlife Corridors, Allotments, Sports Pitches, Play Areas, Parks, Gardens and important Historic Assets

The CHANGING FACE OF HORWICH

In the next 10 years Horwich is expected to see a 25% increase in its population, from the existing 20,000 to 25,000.

This is as a result of approved planning applications for new residential developments, and there may well be other ‘windfall’ sites to add to this figure. The town therefore needs to have in place matching plans for new health, welfare, social and educational facilities to cater for this growth, as well as plans to safeguard the local environment and employment.

Register For Plan Updates

PLANNING HAS TENDED TO EXCLUDE, RATHER THAN TO INCLUDE PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES

WE ARE ALLOWING PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES BACK INTO PLANNING.

Rt. Hon Greg Clark MP: National Planning Policy Framework (2012)

Horwich Neighbourhood Plan
Over 13.1

Square Kilometers

9

Schools

Over 20,000

Inhabitants