A planning inquiry is set to hear claims that Cheshire East Council cannot demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing.
A ruling in favour of property developers challenging the council could lead to hundreds of homes being built on land in the borough that council members would be likely to consider unsuitable.
Developments refused planning permission are often granted consent by the Planning Inspectorate if councils cannot meet the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework, which stipulates that a council must be able to demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing.
Place North West understands that the council has been informed by local developers that they wish to dispute its revised Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, which suggests a 7.1 year supply of housing land.
It is understood that as many as 15 developers want to challenge Cheshire East's SHLAA, some of them competing for the same sites.
Those sites include:
- Abbeyfields, Sandbach
- Congleton Road, Sandbach
- Sandbach Road North, Alsager
- Gresty Green Road and Crewe Road, Shavington
- Crewe Road, Crewe
- Elworth Hall Farm, Elworth
- Hassall Road, Alsager
- Audlem Road, Hankelow
- The Moorings and Goldfinch Close/Kestrel Close, Congleton
- Gresty Green Road, Shavington
All the claims are set to be heard at a merged inquiry beginning on Tuesday 16 July. The inquiry was originally called in relation to claims made by Taylor Wimpey and Seddon Homes.
A number of developers have proposed building houses on greenfield land within Cheshire East previously designated as unsuitable for new homes in order to protect the visible borders of villages in the area.
As previously reported, Cheshire East Council leader Cllr Michael Jones revealed his opposition to schemes forming part of the local plan development consultation exercise during a parish council meeting in Wistaston, near Crewe.
Place North West is awaiting a comment from Cheshire East Council.