Development of the Handforth Garden Village off the A34 has taken another step forward, with Cheshire East’s cabinet giving the go-ahead for the council’s executive director of place to pursue deals with landowners and developers.
The local authority’s strategic planning board has already approved the consultation draft of the planning framework for the site and signed off on these measures on Tuesday this week. Cheshire East has secured a £23m grant from Homes England to take plans forward.
Handforth Garden Village, which is set to accommodate 1,500 homes by 2030, was one of 14 garden villages named in January 2017 as the Government sought to introduce policy aimed at increasing housing numbers. Other North West locations chosen include Knowsley, Carlisle and Bailrigg, Lancaster.
The draft supplementary planning document sets the quality and design principles for The Garden Village and, once adopted, will form part of the planning policy that any future planning applications submitted for the site will be judged against.
The council has now launched its consultation on the draft SPD, giving local stakeholders, interested parties and the public the opportunity to comment on the framework. The SPD documents can be viewed here.
Cllr Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: “The Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy establishes the principle of creating a new plan-led settlement east of Handforth, promoting good growth for the region.
“This implementation strategy is one of the first of a number of steps the council will be taking to ensure the Garden Village becomes a reality as a great place to live and work. We therefore welcome as many comments as possible on the draft document.
“The draft SPD sets out the overarching design principles for the ‘Village Heart’ and each of the character areas of the Garden Village.”
Cheshire East’s development arm Engine of the North will act as lead developer on behalf of the council and will submit a planning application to deliver the Village Heart and infrastructure.
Cllr Jamie Macrae, chairman of Engine of the North, said: “Engine of the North are the custodians of the council’s vision to create a truly sustainable and characterful new village for Cheshire East.
“As over 40 per cent of the site will be green open space, amenity space and habitat protection, the Garden Village will not only be a great place to live but also somewhere for new and existing residents to come and enjoy their surroundings for generations to come.”