Cheshire housing inquiry opens

Can Cheshire East prove a 5 year housing supply??

A planning inquiry started today in Crewe into Cheshire East Council’s refusal to grant permission for the construction of 160 homes on a greenfield site in Sandbach.

Outlining the scope of the appeal, the inspector said the main issues under consideration were the availability of a five-year housing land supply and associated policies; impact on the character and appearance and loss of countryside; issues relating to traffic and congestion; and issues relating to the loss of agricultural land.

The appellants in the inquiry are Taylor Wimpey and Seddon Homes. Held at the Municipal Buildings in Crewe, the inquiry is being heard by Planning Inspector Philip Major and is scheduled to last for eight days.

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