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After recent and long term issues with the planning process, such as, major building projects being approved against the majority wishes of local residents in Upper Tean and other smaller applications supported by the Parish Council being rejected.

Checkley Parish Council has decided, unanimously, to create a Neighbourhood Plan to ensure that both local residents and the Parish Council do have more of a say in future developments in the whole Parish area.

Please click HERE to view Checkley Parish Neighbourhood Plan Project Timetable      project-timetable-pub


The Neighbourhood Plan is driven by YOU!  We need involvement from the local community and stakeholders.



If you feel able and willing to become part of the team taking this forward, then please contact you local Resident Association Representative:

Upper Tean Residents Association – Stephen Bell –

Lower Tean Residents Association – Jackie Rushton –

Checkley Residents Association – Heather Graham –

Hollington Residents Association – Mel Swanick –

or contact Parish Clerk – 07840 456397 –

What is a Neighbourhood Plan Stakeholder?   

A person, business, group or organisation that is effected by the policies outlined in the Neighbourhood Plan.

What is a typical Stakeholder Group?

  • People employed in the community
  • Local businesses
  • Farmers
  • Landowners
  • Faith Groups
  • School children (aged 5-16)
  • Young people (aged 16-25)
  • Older groups
  • Commuters (people who live in the community but work outside)
  • Community Groups and societies
  • Voluntary bodies acting in the area
  • Single Parent Families
  • Families
  • People with physical / learning needs
  • Neighbouring Parishes
  • Minority Groups (Travellers etc).
  • Tourist/Visitors
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Staffordshire Moorlands District Council
  • Environment Agency


Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates

Resident Groups for the four villages have been created (more residents always welcome) and these residents along with four Parish Councillors make up the steering group.

February 2016

Press release inviting residents to a meeting on 1st February – Residents Meeting Press Release

1st February 2016 – First residents meeting held at Great Wood Hall – Residents Meeting Overview – 1st Feb 2016

March 2016

Press release inviting residents to a meeting on 24th March with presentation – Residents Meeting Press Release March 2016

24th March – Second residents meeting with presentation from John Blount NP expert – Residents Meeting Mar 16

May 2016

4th May – Key members of the steering group met to discuss questionnaire layout and questions.

10th May – Parish annual assembly at Great Wood Hall, 7.15pm.  As part of the engagement process, various stakeholders from around the village have been invited.

17th May – Key members of the steering group are planning to meet to finalise questionnaire.

June 2016

13th June – Key members of the steering group met with Urban Vision to review how to move forward (Meeting Overview).  It was agreed that before the questionnaire could be finalised and sent out pop up stands should be implemented to raise awareness of the Neighbourhood Plan, asking three simple questions:

What do you like about where you live?

What don’t you like about where you live?

How would you improve where you live?

If you can help us answer the above then please let us know YOUR opinion by either downloading the below or taking our online short survey:          


Online Version of Questionnaire – CLICK HERE HELP SHAPE YOUR VILLAGE

Paper Version of Questionnaire – CLICK HERE – HELP SHAPE YOUR VILLAGE     

25th June – Community Engagement POP UP’s

Outside Coop, High Street, Upper Tean – 10.30 – 12.30

Great Wood Primary School Fair – 14.00 – 16.30

July 2016

16th July – Community Engagement POP UP – Sporting Open Day, Wentlows Sports Field – 11.00 – 15.00

August 2016

15th August – Upper Tean Residents Association met (meeting overview available on request).

16th August – Key members met for an informal chat with Hannah Barter of Urban Vision in preparation for the meeting with SMDC.

22nd August – Key members of the steering group met with SMDC to get more of an understanding of  the Local Plan and how the Neighbourhood Plan should work with this.

28th August – Community Engagement POP UP – Hollington Village Fair, The Raddle Inn, Hollington – 12.00 – 14.00

29th August – Community Engagement POP UP – Checkley Fair, Cricket Club – 12.00 – 16.00

September 2016

8th September – Key members of the steering group to attend a ‘Scoping Workshop’ to be facilitated by Hannah Barter of Urban Vision.

26th September – All members of the steering group to meet and start drafting the Vision Statement and plan more community engagement sessions.

October 2016

31st October – Key members of the steering group attended a meeting with Stafforshire Moorlands District Council to discuss how the Neighbourhood Plan feeds into the Local Plan, and issues that need to be addressed when creating a Neighbourhood Plan.

31st October – Steering group meeting held to relay information from meeting with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

November 2016

21st November – Upper Tean Residents Association planning to meet to discuss issues relating to Upper Tean (including NP).

December 2016

8th December – Key members of the steering group attended a workshop facilitated by Staffordshire Moorland District Council.

January 2017

9th January –  Open Evening drop in session held at Checkley Community Hall, Checkley.

12th January – Open Evening drop in session held at Great Wood Hall. Upper Tean.

February 2017

7th February – Council and Urban Vision strategy meeting.  Engagement survey closed.

March 2017

6th March – Steering Group Meeting to plan policy workshops dates.

22nd March – Hollington Residents Group Policy Planning & Vision Statement workshop – TBA, The School House

23rd March – Upper Tean, Lower Tean & Checkley Residents Group Policy Planning & Vision Statement workshop – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

30th March – Parish Stakeholders Policy Engagement – 20.00, Great Wood Hall

April 2017

3rd April – Steering Group Policy mapping – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

May 2017

4th May – Steering Group – Draft Policy Presentation – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

11th May – Public drop in session – Draft Policy Engagement – 17.00 – 21.00, Great Wood Hall

July 2017

11th July – Public drop in session – Draft Policy Engagement – 17.30 – 20.30, Checkley Community Centre

12th July – Public drop in session – Draft Policy Engagement – 17.30 – 20.30, Hollington Village Hall

October 2017

17th October – Steering Group meeting – 18.00, Great Wood Hall

November 2017

16th November – Public drop in session – Call for Housing Sites – 16.30 – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

30th November – Public drop in session – Call for Housing Sites – 16.30 – 19.00, Checkley Cricket Club

30th November – Steering Group meeting – 19.00, Checkley Cricket Club

Keep your eyes open for our Community Engagement Sessions

Open Day (Drop In Sessions)

The below events are being held to allow residents and stakeholders of Checkley Parish to come along and have a say regarding the next stages of the Neighbourhood Plan.  There will be presentations and further details regarding the process and you will also have the opportunity to talk and discuss your concerns to the Resident Group members and Council members.


It is important to recognise the mix of people in the community to ensure that everyone has the chance to engage.  This your opportunity as a residents and stakeholders to have a say in the Neighbourhood Plan.


Call for Housing Sites

Checkley Parish Council is initiating a ‘Call for Housing Sites’ process for the neighbourhood plan.

As part of our community engagement and evidence base we are now asking the community and landowners if there are any sites people wish to nominate to be considered for housing in the neighbourhood area.

Once the call for sites has concluded on the 11th December 2017 then the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group will develop selection criteria to test all the sites against.  This will be subject to consultation itself before being applied to the sites nominated.  We anticipate this part of the process will be delivered in late 2017.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

The Localism Act 2011 introduced statutory Neighbourhood Planning in England, which enables communities to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan for their area.

The plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area. It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.

A Neighbourhood Plan relates to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues. It may deal with a wide range of issues (like housing, employment, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues that are of particular importance in a local area.

To find out more about neighbourhood plans and what you can achieve visit:

You are invited to drop in and see us on:

16th November – Public drop in session – Call for Housing Sites – 16.30 – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

30th November – Public drop in session – Call for Housing Sites – 16.30 – 19.00, Checkley Cricket Club


Drop-in to find out more about Neighbourhood Plans, nominate sites for housing, or pop in for tea and a chat.

Sites can also be nominated by downloading a form from the Parish Council website and submitting to the Parish Clerk by 11th December 2017.

Checkley Neighbourhood Plan Site Allocation Nomination Form For Housing