Dinnington given the go-ahead for neighbourhood plan

Dinnington is set to become the first area in Rotherham to start developing its own Neighbourhood Plan.

An application by Dinnington St John’s Town Council to designate Dinnington St. John’s Parish as a proposed neighbourhood area was approved by Rotherham Council on July 11, at the Cabinet/Commissioners Decision Making Meeting.

This followed a month long consultation, during which the Council received no objections to the proposal.

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Having a designated neighbourhood area is the first stage in developing a formal Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood Plans helps communities shape how development will look in their area.

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot block development, but it can be used to influence the type, design, location and mix of any new development. The Neighbourhood Plan would eventually form part of Rotherham’s Local Plan and be used in deciding planning applications in the area.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Councillor Denise Lelliott said: “We are committed to getting local people involved in planning for development of their local areas and I am pleased that this proposal has progressed to the next stage, which will enable the people of Dinnington to get more involved in the decisions that affect their area.”

Dinnington St John’s Town Council will lead on the preparation of the Dinnington Neighbourhood Plan. Chairman, David Smith, said: “Its great news that the proposal has been agreed and we will now be talking to local people to get their views on how to take it forward.”

More information, including a map of the Dinnington St. John’s Parish Neighbourhood Area, can be viewed on the Council website under “Neighbourhood Planning”.