As part of the continuing Parish Plan, and after nearly 3 years of work by residents, the Kelsall Parish Landscape and Design Statement was endorsed by Chester City Council at its meeting in July 2007, and was included in the statutory planning framework. For the first time in its history, Kelsall has guidelines for residential development, which are both widely accepted by the community and have legal backing.
This Supplementary Planning Document, as it is known, will help to ensure that any new developments both respect and enhance the character of Kelsall. In particular, it gives us more protection of the views of, and from the sandstone ridge.
Many other aspects of living in Kelsall arose during the course of the study. Some of these have been incorporated in the document as appendices. While these do not form part of the statutory requirements, they will be used by Chester City Council (or its successor as our unitary planning authority) to inform future rural planning and policy development. Even in draft form, this work was very helpful in opposing further large-scale, and deeply unpopular, developments along Quarry Lane.
Another volunteer-led project, between 2014 and 2017, resulted in the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). This document contains policies that are an integral part of the planning framework governing new developments in the area.
The NDP used the Landscape Design Statement, and its appendices included those parts of that document that were directly relevant to planning policy.
The NDP can be found on Kelsall Parish Council's website, at www.kelsall-pc.org.uk/planning.html