The purpose of the Marple Neighbourhood Plan is to give the people of Marple the ability to shape the future development of the town. We are now in the fifth and, hopefully, final year of the planning process. Our earlier work in 2017/18 developed a set of goals and objectives based on the widespread input of Marple residents and associations. Marple is a great place to live so, not surprisingly, a strong feature of the Plan is to protect and preserve what we have. But also, our discussions with residents repeatedly raised issues of road congestion and safety and the tired state of the town centre. And we’ve also seen the closure of the swimming pool and, more recently, the gym.
Developing the Plan has been a long and challenging process. All involved are volunteers and all but a few have little experience of technical planning. But we’ve stuck to the task and with help from the Planning department of Stockport Council we’ve reached the final stages of policy drafting. Take a look at our current draft (which you can download below). We hope you find it a document that does credit to our town, and that will ultimately benefit its future development.
So what’s happening in 2021?
While the plan is important for our town we know there is a bigger picture. Covid-19 has massively disrupted our lives, and it’s likely that the return to normality will be a gradual process. Marple has responded wonderfully to this crisis and we see 2021 as an opportunity to capitalise on the even stronger community bonds that have been our response to the pandemic. It’s an opportunity to support each other and to support our much cherished local businesses and facilities.
We also have to consider the future impact of climate change and ask the question ‘what can a small town on the edge of the Peak District do to contribute to the solution?’ How can we make a difference?
To conclude, this plan is about shaping Marple for the next 10 and 20 years. It’s about providing an environment for our families and young people that will enable them to live safely, healthily and happily. It’s about vibrancy, an inclusive town that has energy, imagination and a welcome for visitors. We hope that Our Marple Plan makes a difference in achieving these aspirations.
If you have any comments or ideas we very much welcome all feedback.
Marple Neighbourhood Forum – First Annual General Meeting Held at 10 a.m. on 14 January 2017 in Marple URC
Open Debate: That Marple is and Should Remain a Village Held at the AGM – here are the ‘In Favour’ and ‘Opposing’ opening speeches
Market Stall Report: Have your say An update to download
Marple Neighbourhood Forum – NEWSLETTERS Download our latest Newsletters here
Report On Protecting Our Environment Commissioned from the Cheshire Wildlife Trust – Download here
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Short History of The Marple Neighbourhood Plan