Audley Rural Parish Neighbourhood Plan (NP)

Audley Rural Parish Council resolved in November 2020 to designate the Parish of Audley as a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) area.  Please click here to view the Audley NP Area Designation Map

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning was introduced in the Localism Act 2011 (click here to view). It is an important and powerful tool that gives communities statutory powers to shape how their communities develop.  A neighbourhood plan is a community led document which puts in place planning policy for a neighbourhood area to guide future development. A neighbourhood plan is about the use and development of land and 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. It may deal with a wide range of social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, employment, design, heritage and transport) or it may focus on one or two issues only.

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Next steps (as at 13.05.2021)

The preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan will need to involve the community and is expected to take a couple of years before it can reach the stage where it can be adopted by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council.   

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has now been formulated and its Terms of Reference agreed by the Parish Council – Please click here to view Audley Rural Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Terms of Reference Approved March 2021.  It met for the first time on 22nd April 2021 – please click to view the Audley Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Minutes- 22nd April 2021 6pm Thurs.  The next meeting took place on 10th May 2021 to elect a Chair etc.  Minutes will follow.

The Steering Group will steer the production of a Neighbourhood Plan, working with and supported by an external Consultant.  The Steering Group will consist of a mix of skills, abilities and experience.  The Steering Group’s purpose is to oversee the production of a Neighbourhood Plan in order that this will then progress to Independent Examination, and following a successful community referendum, be adopted by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council to become planning policy.

The activities may include:

liaising with the local planning authority;
publicity, community and stakeholder engagement and consultation at various stages;
building the evidence base;
setting aims and writing the plan;
site allocations and Local Green Space designations;
pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14);
other activities

The Steering Group will have a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, who will be elected by members of the Steering Group at its first meeting. In addition, the Steering Group will need skills in all areas ranging from planning, community consultation, local issues and publicity.  Some Steering Group members will act as a link with the individual Focus Groups which may be set up to look at aspects in greater detail.

One of the first tasks will be to consider the appointment of a Neighbourhood Plan consultant.

If you are interested in joining the Steering Group or a Focus Group in the future please send your details to the Parish Clerk by emailing
You will be asked to provide information on your background, what part of the community of Audley Rural Parish you represent and what skills you can bring to the Steering Group.

We would also like to identify key local stakeholders and any potential partners. These are local organisations, groups and individuals that have a particular interest in the area.

If you would like to join the general mailing list to keep updated or as a key local stakeholder – please contact the Parish Clerk by emailing

Please click here for the Steering Group Membership Form and Please click here for the Audley Rural Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Terms of Reference – Approved March 2021


Neighbourhood planning


Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council Notice issued 4th January 2021 – Designation of Audley Rural Parish as a Neighbourhood Area

On 15 December 2020, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council received an application from Audley Parish Council for the designation of Audley Rural Parish as a Neighbourhood Area. Audley Rural Neighbourhood Area was designated by the Council on 21 December 2020 under regulation 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended).

This enables Audley Parish Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan which applies to the Parish boundary area.

A map of the designated Neighbourhood Area and the application letter can be viewed on the Borough Council’s website:

Notification information

You have been notified because according to our records you have previously asked for your details to be added to the Local Plan consultation database. The Council is required to publicise the designation and bring it to the attention of people that live, work or carry out business in the area.

If you do not wish to be contacted in the future about Neighbourhood Plans (or any other planning policy consultations) within the borough then please let us know via the above contact details. Please also let us know if any of your contact details have changed.

Yours faithfully

Jemma March
Planning Policy Manager
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council
01782 742477
Direct line (01782) 742477