Standish Neighbourhood Plan – Final Draft Plan


Standish Neighbourhood Plan is a comprehensive document designed to influence the village’s development until 2030. If it is adopted it will give our community a real say in changes across Standish.

This is the first non-business Neighbourhood Plan in the whole of Greater Manchester to reach this stage and Standish Voice would like to thank the community for its help in achieving this.

In autumn, 2017, Standish Voice conducted a six-week consultation on the original draft plan – called Regulation 14 consultation – and 210 responses were received. Standish Voice would like to thank all those who responded. Final Draft Plan front page

All these submissions were considered ahead of producing the Final Draft Plan. The original draft plan was changed after this consultation to create the Final Draft Plan. How the original draft plan was altered is set out in a table in the Consultation Statement (see below).

This Final Draft Plan has been supported by a vote of members of Standish Voice at an EGM. Subject to an independent Examination ‘Health Check’ to see if it complies with national planning policy basic conditions, it will be submitted to Wigan Council for the next stage of the Neighbourhood Planning process.

Neighbourhood Plans have legal weight and must be taken into consideration when bodies such as Wigan Council make planning decisions. We hope some of the proposals will also be used when Wigan Council decides how to spend developer and government funds which are expected to come to Standish due to the large number of homes that are being built across the village.

Highlights of the draft plan include policies to:

Influence the amount of new housing

Ensure any new housing meets the needs of Standish and its people

Make the village centre more attractive and vibrant

Control the number of hot food takeaways in the village centre

Create a new park in the village centre

Improve existing recreation areas, parkland and open space

Support more car parking in the village centre

Create and improve cycle paths and footpaths

Protect our historic pubs

Create new green/wildlife corridors

When Wigan Council receives the Final Draft Plan, it will conduct its own six-week consultation. The plan will then be studied by a planning Examiner before possible alteration. The Neighbourhood Plan would then be put to a vote of people living in Standish Neighbourhood Area, on the electoral roll, in a local election-style referendum asking a Yes/No question of whether to adopt Standish Neighbourhood Plan or not.

You can read the Final Draft Plan here

As part of the Neighbourhood Planning process, Standish Voice consulted widely with local people at all stages ahead of the Final Draft Plan’s preparation.

Standish Voice has compiled a Consultation Statement setting out all the consultation undertaken in the process of creating the Neighbourhood Plan and the findings. This includes all the submissions to the consultation on the original draft plan and a table showing Standish Voice’s responses to the issues raised in those submissions.

You can read the Consultation Statement here

A spread sheet was prepared to feature the responses to the open questions on the original Neighbourhood Plan survey. You can see this here

Standish Voice has prepared a comprehensive Evidence Base, which includes maps, to back up the policies contained in the Neighbourhood Plan. The Evidence Base will be updated if necessary. You can read the Evidence Base here

Also, Standish Voice commissioned externally prepared reports – written by national consultancy Aecom – to help in the formulation of the original draft plan. You can read these reports below:

  • Technical Facilitation – Housing Evidence And Policy was a study to find the reasons behind the high housing growth in Standish. Read the report here.
  • Housing Needs Assessment was a study into what housing is needed in Standish and if it is being delivered by house builders. Read the report here.
  • Standish Village Masterplan was a report that showed how Aecom believes Standish village centre could be improved. We have used some of the ideas within the Masterplan to create policies in the draft Neighbourhood Plan but have discounted others. The Masterplan is only a starting point in how to make the centre of Standish better. Read the report here.

You can read the original draft plan, which was changed after Regulation 14 consultation, here

If you have any questions about Standish Neighbourhood Plan or its associated documents, please email