Residents can attend Local Plan inquiry

In September residents will be able to attend the public inquiry into the soundness of Cheshire East’s Local Plan;  the Planning Inspector’s examination will take place at Macclesfield Town Hall for about 6 weeks.

“one of the best and most-consulted-upon Local Plans in the country.

More than 40,000 responses from residents and organisations were collated, assessed and fed-in to the ‘submission version’ of the Local Plan Strategy.

The strategy has undergone nine rounds of public consultation since 2010, and the final six-week consultation, when even more comments were received over March and April this year, attracted 3,458 responses alone from 657 individuals and organisations.

Deputy council leader David Brown said he believes Cheshire East has one of the best and most-consulted-upon Local Plans in the country.

“What we have now is a highly-consulted-upon strategic document that will map housing, jobs and infrastructure for the next 15 years.

“This has been a huge undertaking and an incredible journey – but a vital one for the people of Cheshire East if we are to have planned and sustainable housing, jobs and economic growth while protecting our precious countryside and green spaces,” said Cllr Brown.

“We have had to steer through some tough challenges but we are confident we have got a truly sound Local Plan that delivers the best deal for the people of Cheshire East.

“What we’ve achieved is testament to all the hard work of councillors, officers and the public, who have been a strong vocal presence throughout this process and we now hope they will continue to get involved to ensure that we have got it right.

“This plan is about ensuring that Cheshire East will continue to maintain its reputation as the best place to live in the North West, while providing for our younger generation so they can live, work and truly prosper in the communities where they were born.

“It is about putting a bright future for our residents first – with high-quality jobs, top educational standards and training opportunities and a great quality of life for everyone.

“This plan, coupled with our five-year housing land supply, is also about protecting the residents of Cheshire East from unwanted, unsustainable and unplanned development.”

Inspector Stephen Pratt has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan Strategy is sound.

The examination is a continuous process, which runs from submission through to the receipt of the Inspector’s report. Part of the process will involve hearing sessions, where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Inspector.

The council says only those parties who made representations on the ‘submission version’ of the plan during the prescribed period, and who were seeking some change to the plan, are entitled to speak.

The hearing sessions will, however, be open to any parties who wish to attend to observe proceedings.

The public hearings into the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Submission Version, which are expected to sit for about six weeks, will begin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 10am. The sessions will not take place during the week commencing October 13.

Crewe Chronicle Inquiry into soundness of local plan.

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