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Neighbourhood Plan - Submission Draft

Wetherby Town Council has submitted the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan Proposal to Leeds City Council for independent examination. 

On 17 June 2019, the independent examiner for the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan, Terry Heselton, wrote to the council to set out how he intends to conduct the examination. The examination procedure note is available to view here: WNP Examination Procedure

On 12 July, Terry Heselton provided the Council with a set of questions regarding the Neighbourhood Plan and asked that a response be provided by 26 July 2019. The Examiner’s Questions are available to view here: WNP Examiner's Questions

The Council is conducting further consultation on selective elements of the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan. 
On 5 July 2019, the independent examiner, Terry Heselton, wrote to the council requesting that updates are made to a number of the submission documents and maps and that further consultation takes places on the updated documents. The examiner’s letter is available to view here: Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan - Examiner's Initial Letter

At the request of the independent examiner, the Council conducted an additional Regulation 16 consultation for the Wetherby Neighbourhood Plan, following updates to the submission draft neighbourhood plan, the basic conditions statement, and the policies maps. 
The scope of the publicity was limited to the specific updates made to the documents and maps, the Council did not seek comments on the merit of the proposals or on whether the neighbourhood plan meets the Basic Conditions. Documents are available to view as tracked change or composite versions on the right hand side of this page. 
Representations made during the previous publicity (7 May and 18 June) of the neighbourhood plan have been sent to the independent examiner and will be taken into consideration as part of the examination process. 

Representations made during this additional consultation can be viewed here.
A ton of thanks from the Town Council!
What started with an individual’s desire to preserve an item of nautical and town history turned in to a rather more spectacular project. Moving an object as large as the anchor is no mean feat and it’s taken a real team effort to get it to its new, permanent home. 

When local legend John Trower approached the Town Council in 2018, he was pleased to find that members of the Property Committee had an interest in maintaining Wetherby’s historical connection with the Royal Navy and together they set about moving it from its former home at The Wetherby social club. John, a member of the Old Men’s Parliament, had helped to salvage the anchor from the waters of Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands and bring it to Wetherby as a reminder of the connections between the town and the Royal Navy.

The Wetherby Ward Councillors were approached and helped to secure permission from Leeds City Council to locate the anchor on land near the coach drop-off point at the Cluster of Nuts car park. This site was chosen for its close proximity to the former HMS Ceres (Moorland) naval base. HMS Ceres was the Royal Navy’s largest land based ‘ship’, located on the site of Wetherby High School, and was used as a supply and secretariat base by the Royal Navy from 1942 to 1958.

The Old Men’s Parliament then paid for Wetherby Skip Services Ltd to move the anchor, putting it on a base prepared by the Council’s Town Handyman. It became clear that some TLC was required to make the anchor look good and so Rob from Aquascapes & Landscaping Ltd stepped in to start the beautification process, donating their time free of charge to install a border and gravel surround. 

An anchor in the middle of a landlocked town could look a bit odd and so Councillor Victor Hawkins, also a member of Wetherby Civic Society, designed an interpretation board to help visitors and residents understand the anchor’s history and Wetherby’s connection to the Royal Navy. The board was constructed and installed by local firm Knaresborough Engineering and paid for through generous contributions from Wetherby Civic Society and Wetherby Historical Trust. 

As Wetherby in Bloom started to work their magic on the garden area around the anchor, Chairman of the Civic Society, Roger Taylor, waved a brush over the anchor using paint generously supplied by New Guard Coatings, completing the transformation of this outstanding feature of the town. It now provides a fitting welcome to visitors whether arriving by coach or car. 

The anchor is now on public land and in public ownership, thereby preserving it for the town in perpetuity. The Town Council would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in this very special project and looks forward to being the anchor’s custodian for many years to come. 


Anchor with people who helped