RESIDENTS across Cheshire West and Chester are being urged to have their say on a document that will help shape future developments in the new council area.

The Statement of Community Involvement forms an important part of the Local Development Framework which will guide future development across Cheshire West and Chester.

A draft version setting out how the new council - which will be formed on April 1 this year replacing the borough council, its counterparts in Chester and Vale Royal, and the county council - will engage with communities on matters that will affect them and their environment has been prepared.

The shadow authority, which will form the new council on April 1, is keen to hear people’s views on the document and is launching a six week consultation from this Friday (January 16) until February 27 to find out the best way to reach individuals, communities, interest groups and organisations.

Councillor Herbert Manley, Cheshire West and Chester portfolio holder for prosperity and leading councillor on the LDF Panel is encouraging people to take part.

He said: “This is an ideal opportunity to get involved right at the birth of the new authority and to become part of its future over the coming years.

“We want everyone to be a part of the process, to have a voice and play a key role in future planning for Cheshire West and Chester.”

The draft Statement of Community Involvement will be available on the Cheshire West and Chester website and at council offices and libraries throughout the districts of Chester, Vale Royal and Ellesmere Port and Neston.

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