Ince Neighbourhood Plan

The Ince Neighbourhood Plan has now been submitted to the Council in accordance with the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

There will now be a six week consultation during which interested parties can make comments on the plan. This publicity period will run from 30 January 2023 to 5pm on Tuesday 14 March 2023.  

If you would like to see a copy of the proposed neighbourhood plan and supporting documents, please go to the neighbourhood planning page of the Cheshire West and Chester Council website at:

Hard copies of the proposed neighbourhood plan will also be available in the following locations during the consultation period:

• Ince Village Hall, Pool Lane, Ince, CH2 4NN. For opening hours please contact: or telephone 0151 356 7510.
• Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 0BG
For opening hours please refer to: or telephone 0151 337 4684.
• The Portal, Wellington Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BA
Open 9am-5pm daily.

Any comments should relate to whether the plan meets the basic conditions, or whether it covers an appropriate area or appropriate length of time.
The basic conditions are that the neighbourhood plan:
• has appropriate regard to national policy
• contributes to the achievement of sustainable development
• is in general conformity with the strategic policies in the development plan for the local area
• is compatible with human rights requirements
• is compatible with EU obligations

One of the proposed Local Green Spaces at Ince Reservoir is owned by CWaC. A Local Green Space designation is a way that green areas of particular importance to local communities can be given special protection.  Local Green Spaces have protection similar to that of Green Belt and as such, certain types of development (e.g. most types of new buildings) would not be permitted except in very special circumstances.  Please refer to policy LGS1 in the Neighbourhood Development Plan for more information.  

Designation of Local Green Spaces does not introduce any other restrictions or obligations on landowners and management of Local Green Spaces remains the responsibility of the owner.

If you have any comments, please send them to and we will compile a single response from Cheshire West and Chester Council. The deadline for comments is 5pm on 14 March 2023 but please send your comments by Friday 3rd March if possible in order for us to have time to compile the response.  

All submitted comments will be collated and will be made publicly available after 14 March 2023. 

After this publicity stage, the neighbourhood plan will go before an independent Examiner, who will assess whether the plan meets the basic conditions set out in legislation and will review all comments submitted at the publicity stage.  

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