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Latest consultation into Cheshire East Local Plan launched

The six-week consultation into Cheshire East’s revised Local Plan begins today, and will run until 19 April.

Last week the council approved a 700-page document of amends to the plan, and signed-off its progression to a public consultation.

The draft Local Plan includes a range of new development sites to support an increased target of 36,000 homes needed in the borough by 2030.

When first published in 2014, the plan proposed a minimum of 27,000 houses between 2010 and 2030, averaging 1,350 homes a year. After Government planning inspector Stephen Pratt suspended the examination into the plan to allow for further research, the council increased the number of dwellings by 33% to 36,000. The requirement for new jobs has gone up from 13,900 to 31,400 on 930-acres of land.

To accommodate this increase, denser development is needed on land previously included in the plan, and changes include alterations to the green belt around Macclesfield, Alsager, Poynton and Wilmslow.

The council is then due to submit the Local Plan, with any amendments, to the planning inspector in the summer. Examinations are expected to resume in September.

To take part in the Local Plan consultation visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan

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