RESIDENTS in Malpas have been given a cash boost of nearly £7,000 to help develop their Neighbourhood Plan.
For more than a year, members of the village steering group have played an active role in trying to determine the future of Malpas, despite an avalanche of planning applications to build lucrative housing developments in the area.
Last year, residents formed the Malpas and Overton Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, which aims to give the community a voice in where development should be put in terms of infrastructure and recreational areas.
But producing such a plan means having to seek advice from expert planners, which is costly.
Up until now the group have relied on a small amount of money donated by the Parish Council and local ward councillor, Ann Wright, but after government funding was made available on May 1, the group submitted an application for a grant and within a fortnight had been awarded £6,715. This funding will be used to engage with planning experts IBI Taylor Young to get valuable advice that ensures the plan conforms to the required standard.
John Webb, the group’s chairman, said: “We are the first Neighbourhood PlanŠarea in Cheshire West and Chester to have been awarded a grant, and we are delighted.
“This will enable the energy and commitment of people from Malpas and Overton to be guided by professionals from IBI Taylor Young. Having worked with the company last year to produce a character study for Malpas, we have confidence in their ability to provide expertise as we proceed with the production of our draft Neighbourhood Plan.”