Walton Neighbourhood Plan moves a step closer

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Plans to give people more of a say over planning developments in their village could move a step closer.

The Walton Neighbourhood Plan would allow villagers to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built and let them have their say on what those new buildings should look like.

They would also be able to ensure that planning applications are developed in line with what the community wants.

Wakefield Council’s planning and highways committee has been recommended to approve a draft of the neighbourhood plan at a meeting on Thursday.

If approved, it would then go to a referendum and be voted on by people in Walton.

And if more than 50 per cent voted in favour of the plans then they could be adopted by the council.

The neighbourhood plan was developed by Walton Parish Council and villagers, who formed steering group to set out proposals for the future of the village.

They want to protect land around Walton Hall and the countryside surrounding the village, as well as heritage trails, footpaths, green space and allotments.

Helen Massey, chairman of the steering group, said: “We are really pleased with progress on the Walton Neighbourhood Plan.

“The examiner has recognised our hard work and that the plan has been produced by the community itself to guide the future of Walton.

“Our steering group have worked tirelessly to get to this stage and we would like to thank Wakefield Council for their continuing support.”

If the neighbourhood plan draft is approved then the referendum is expected to take place later this year.