This section is about the Checkley Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan.
You will find everything you need to know from:

  • What have a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
  • What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?
  • Who’s responsible for the Neighbourhood Development Plan?
  • How can I get involved in the Neighbourhood Development Plan?
  • What factors need to be considered?
  • How should it be produced?

Why a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

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.

Checkley Parish NDP Project Timetable is available for VIEW.

What is a Neighbourhood Development Plan?

Local communities are now able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their neighbourhood, putting in place a vision and policies for the future development of their area. The plan can be used to choose where new homes, shops and employment should be built, protect important local green spaces and influence what new buildings should look like.
A plan could be wide-ranging, or deal with one or two issues only. It could be detailed, or simply set general principles for development.
Neighbourhood Plans were introduced through the Localism Act in 2011 and the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations have been in place since April 2012.

Who prepares the plan?

Neighbourhood Plans are prepared by town or parish councils, where these exist, or by a neighbourhood forum. Once the neighbourhood area is approved, the local planning authority has a duty to support and advise neighbourhood groups which are seeking to take forward a neighbourhood plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan is driven by YOU… the local community and stakeholders!

Help Shape Your Village!

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 factors need to be considered before deciding whether to produce a Neighbourhood Plan?

  • Scope of the Plan and the Neighbourhood Area– This will depend on what is already covered in the Core Strategy, the nature of the area in question and the community’s preferred outcomes.
  • Adequacy of Existing Policy – This depends on the adequacy of existing local policies contained in the Local Plan (Core Strategy). If the existing policy is robust, up-to-date and relevant to the neighbourhood area, then there may be no need for a Neighbourhood Plan.
  • Compliance with National and Local Planning Policies– All Neighbourhood Plans must have regard to national planning policy and be in general conformity with the strategic policies in any up-to-date adopted or emerging Local Plan or Core Strategy. For example, whilst communities will have influence over what housing will look like and where it will go they will not be able to stop it altogether when there is a housing need identified for their area in a Local Plan or Core Strategy. Neighbourhood Plans must also be compatible with EU obligations and human rights requirements.
  • Skills and Qualities– Leading the production of a Neighbourhood Plan will require a range of skills.
  • Alternatives to a Neighbourhood Plan– Other options to consider would be an Area Action Plan, supplementary planning document or more informal parish plans or community plans. Communities can also engage in the production of the Local Plan by the local authority to ensure it reflects their aspirations.
  • Time and Energy– There will be significant commitments in terms of time and energy over a period of months or even years.
  • Financial Resources– there will be costs associated with preparing the plan. Some of these will be met by the local planning authority but other costs will need to be found by the parish/town council or neighbourhood forum. There may be some funding opportunities available.

How should the Plan be produced?

There are three main stages to producing a Neighbourhood Plan. These are:

Stage 1 – Getting Established

The first step for parish/town or prospective neighbourhood forums is to contact the local planning authority to discuss what the current polices are for your area and how a Neighbourhood Plan might supplement these. A proposed neighbourhood area will then need to be submitted to the local planning authority for designation. Prospective neighbourhood forums will also need to be designated by the local planning authority.

Stage 2 – Preparing the Plan

This includes publicity, development of local partnerships, community consultation and engagement and the building of an evidence base. This will inform the development of a vision and/or aims for the plan. These in turn will inform the formulation of policy, proposals and site allocations. Community engagement will be necessary at all stages of the plan-making process.

Stage 3 – Bringing the Plan into Force

The proposed neighbourhood plan will be submitted to the local planning authority which will check that proper procedures have been followed in its preparation and that any necessary assessments accompany the plan. Following a period of publicity, the local planning authority will arrange for an independent examination and organise the public referendum.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Development Plan process and the emerging Local Plan please contact

Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates

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

Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates 2021

8th January 2021 – 12pm, consultation is open to review the ‘Growth Strategy Report’ for residential development within the Parish of Checkley.

9th February 2021 – 12pm ‘Growth Strategy Report’ consultation closes.


14th April 2021 – Steering Group Virtual Meeting to discuss consolation outcomes.

27th April 2021 – Parish Council agree to send policies and rationale to SMDC for initial screening.

26th May 2021 – Policies and rationale sent to SMDC for SEA & HRA screening.

9th September 2021 – Steering Group Meeting virtual meeting

10th November 2021 – Steering Group Meeting at Greatwood Hall to discuss moving to Regulation 14.

12th November 2021 – SEA & HRA Screening Assessment received

Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates 2020

4th August 2020 – Virtual meeting to discuss the disappointing AECOM report and lack of movement from AECOM to rectify the issues. Next steps to create a superseded report.

10th September 2020 – Virtual steering group meet to agree to the format of the Urban Vision updated report, as this will form the base for housing need numbers. Resident Group Chairs to take it back to resident groups.

Over the next month all resident groups will meet separately to discuss the above.

22nd October 2020 – Steering group meeting cancelled by steering group Chair Cllr Flunder.

16th November 2020 – Steering group meet virtually to agree to move forward with the UV site selection report and take it to the PC for proposal.  Also discusses housing numbers and boundary lines.

15th December 2020 – Checkley Parish Council accept the proposal to accept the site selection report written by Urban Vision and to move to consultation in the New Year.


Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates 2019

6th February 2019 – Steering Group Meeting to discuss site criteria


21st February 2019 – Further 3 weeks public consultation for revised ‘Draft Selection Criteria‘ due to amendment. All comments MUST be submitted by 14th March 2019.

14th March 2019 – End of ‘Draft Selection Criteria‘ consultation period. All comments MUST be submitted by 4pm today.

20th March 2019 – Steering Group Meeting to consider consultation responses.

9th April 2019 – Steering Group meet to visit nominated sites and score against new ‘Selection Criteria.’

3rd October 2019 – Steering group meeting to discuss the AECOM report. Due to substantial errors found residents groups to meeting and review own sections and file all irregularities to clerk to be passed onto AECOM for addressing.

Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates 2018

11th January 2018 – Steering Group meeting – 19.00, Great Wood Hall – Review “Call for Housing Sites” and planning.

1st February 2018 – Public drop in session – Farming Diversity Policy – 16.30 – 18.30, Great Wood Hall

22nd February 2018 – Upper Tean Residents Association – 19.00, Great Wood Hall – Site Selection Criteria planning.

15th March 2018 – Lower Tean & Checkley Residents Association – 19.00, Checkley Community Centre – Site Selection Criteria planning.

10th May 2018 – Steering Group meeting – 17.00, Great Wood Hall – Site Selection Criteria “group” planning and Criteria finalisation.

17th May 2018 – Clerk has a telephone meeting with AECOM to ascertain if NDP are viable for Site Selection Criteria support.

19th June 2018 – Checkley Parish Council authorise the consultation period of the Site Selection Criteria.
25th June – Hollington Residents Group meet to finalise some Site Selection Criteria issues.

4th July 2018 – Steering Group Chair and Technical Representative meet AECOM to visit allocated sites.

7th August 2018 – Start of ‘Draft Selection Criteria‘ and ‘Local Green Space‘ consultation period.

28th August 2018 – End of ‘Draft Selection Criteria’ and ‘Local Green Space’ consultation period. All comments MUST be submitted by 4pm.

6th September 2018 – Upper Tean Residents Association meeting

Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates 2017

9th January 2017 – Open Evening drop in session held at Checkley Community Hall, Checkley.

12th January 2017 – Open Evening drop in session held at Great Wood Hall. Upper Tean.

7th February 2017 – Council and Urban Vision strategy meeting. Engagement survey closed.

6th March 2017 – Steering Group Meeting to plan policy workshops dates.

22nd March 2017 – Hollington Residents Group Policy Planning & Vision Statement workshop – TBA, The School House

23rd March 2017 – Upper Tean, Lower Tean & Checkley Residents Group Policy Planning & Vision Statement workshop – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

30th March 2017 – Parish Stakeholders Policy Engagement – 20.00, Great Wood Hall

3rd April 2017 – Steering Group Policy mapping – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

4th May 2017 – Steering Group – Draft Policy Presentation – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

11th May 2017 – Public drop in session – Draft Policy Engagement – 17.00 – 21.00, Great Wood Hall

11th July 2017 – 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

17th October 2017 – Steering Group meeting – 18.00, Great Wood Hall

16th November 2017 – Public drop in session – Call for Housing Sites – 16.30 – 19.00, Great Wood Hall

30th November 2017 – Public drop in session – Call for Housing Sites – 16.30 – 19.00, Checkley Cricket Club

30th November 2017 – Steering Group meeting – 19.00, Checkley Cricket Club

Neighbourhood Plan News & Updates 2016

January 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

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

24th March 2016 – Second residents meeting with presentation from John Blount NP expert – Residents Meeting Mar 16

4th May 2016 – Key members of the steering group met to discuss questionnaire layout and questions.

10th May 2016 – 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 2016 – Key members of the steering group are planning to meet to finalise questionnaire.


13th June 2016 – Key members of the steering group met with Urban Vision to review how to move forward. 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
Paper Version of Questionnaire


25th June 2016 – Community Engagement POP UP’s
Outside Coop, High Street, Upper Tean – 10.30 – 12.30
Great Wood Primary School Fair – 14.00 – 16.30

16th July 2016 – Community Engagement POP UP – Sporting Open Day, Wentlows Sports Field – 11.00 – 15.00

15th August 2016 – Upper Tean Residents Association met (meeting overview available on request).

16th August 2016 – Key members met for an informal chat with Hannah Barter of Urban Vision in preparation for the meeting with SMDC.

22nd August 2016 – 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 2016 – Community Engagement POP UP – Hollington Village Fair, The Raddle Inn, Hollington – 12.00 – 14.00

29th August 2016 – Community Engagement POP UP – Checkley Fair, Cricket Club – 12.00 – 16.00

8th September 2016 – Key members of the steering group to attend a ‘Scoping Workshop’ to be facilitated by Hannah Barter of Urban Vision.

26th September 2016 – All members of the steering group to meet and start drafting the Vision Statement and plan more community engagement sessions.

31st October 2016 – Key members of the steering group attended a meeting with Staffordshire 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 2016 – Steering group meeting held to relay information from meeting with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

21st November 2016 – Upper Tean Residents Association planning to meet to discuss issues relating to Upper Tean (including NP).

8th December 2016 – Key members of the steering group attended a workshop facilitated by Staffordshire Moorland District Council.