Cheshire East extends Local Plan consultation

Cheshire East Council has extended consultation into its local plan after more than 28,000 people responded to the draft.

The consultation will run for six weeks, starting this week and finishing on 16 December 16.

Deputy Leader, Cllr David Brown, who oversees the Local Plan process, said: "There was a tremendous response to our proposals at the Strategic Planning Board in September, with around 30 people and groups coming along to speak at the meeting.

"It's only right, given the strength of feeling, that we respect the effort people put in by now making extra time to reflect on them properly.

"So far, we have received 28,000 responses to our draft proposals. This is an unprecedented amount of interest in a council consultation process and I hope this additional period of consultation will allow everyone to feel they have had time and opportunity to have their say."

The Local Plan will go forward after consultation to be examined by a Planning Inspector before it can be adopted.

Not having a Local Plan has contributed to the legal battles between the council and house builders and landowners who are able to demonstrate the council does not have sufficient plans in place to meet demand for new homes.

Your Comments

At last Brown you have smelt the coffee and come to terms with the absence of a 5yr supply well done, how much of our money did you spend before the penny dropped on that one? Talk is cheap Brown (ask Jones) you haven’t listened to the people of Cheshire; we don’t want new settlements they aren’t needed (even if you can’t CPO the Duchy) when we can extend existing settlements. Oh and how come your Green Belt Study was produced after you selected the new settlements? Do you think we are stupid? As for your so called Core Strategy it looks like a road led strategy i.e. development only gets your seal of approval if it delivers road infrastructure; isn’t that really the antithesis of sustainable development? Well I hope you are ready for the onslaught from the anti development brigade and the developers and their legions of consultants who are going to have a field day with this "Plan".

By Dirt digger

I think by saying a "tremendous response" he means lots of objections….

By Mike's Pie Supplier

The CEC "decide what you want to do then write the plan that gets you there" approach to planning. Completely transparent

By Nick

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