Cheshire East relaxes ‘Crewe only’ housing stance

Cheshire East Council has launched a consultation on a revision to its planning policy for the release of land for new housing developments.

Local authorities are required by government to maintain a sufficient supply of land for five years' new housing.

Cheshire East identified Crewe as the focus for new residential stock and aims to increase the rail town's population from 83,000 to 100,000 in the next 20 years.

This week the council said: "The proposed revised interim planning policy on the release of housing land continues to seek to focus new development on suitable greenfield sites around Crewe, where there is a good range of jobs, shops and services and reasonable alternatives to travel other than by car.

"However, the revision to the policy now also looks to allow for the release of small sustainable sites on the edge of other towns in the borough, where it will not prejudice the identification of larger strategic development sites, which should be taken forward through the local plan process.

"The policy will continue to encourage the redevelopment of previously developed land in other towns in Cheshire East for mixed uses, including housing."

Cllr David Brown, cabinet member with responsibility for performance and capacity, added: "We need new homes to assist the economic growth of Cheshire East. As we know, the economic downturn has had a significant impact on levels of new house building and we need to provide more new homes to aid the wider economic recovery.

The public consultation period for the revised policy began on 1 May and will run until 29 May.

Copies of the consultation document will be available online on the Council's website at and at the Council Offices, at Westfields, Sandbach.

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