The Leader of Cheshire East Council has welcomed the authority notching up two more planning appeal victories to block housing developments.
Following challenges by the Council, planning inspectors rejected developers’ appeals for permission to build a total of 78 homes at housing developments in Shavington, near Crewe, and Spurstow, near Bunbury.
Cheshire East Leader Cllr Michael Jones said these two decisions – and another recent ruling backing the Council’s rejection of an application for 800 homes in Shavington – show that the Council was right to continue to contest developments that were deemed ‘unsuitable and unsustainable’.
These two appeal victories came as Secretary of State Eric Pickles upheld the planning inspector’s refusal of an application to build up to 800 homes, a school, retirement village and other amenities on ‘green gap’ land at Shavington, near Crewe.
Other recent appeals successes saw the upholding of the Council’s refusal of planning permission for up 104 homes at Waggs Road, Congleton, and a housing development for up to 11 homes at historic Grade II listed Dingle Farm, in Sandbach.
Councillor Jones said: “I am really pleased that the inspectors have backed the Council’s decision to refuse planning permission in these appeals – and not awarded costs against the Council in a further appeal we unfortunately did not win. This is very encouraging news for the residents of Cheshire East.
“Securing these latest appeal victories, following similar recent successes, shows that it is not ‘open season’ for each and every scheme that comes along – and that we clearly can stand up to developers and prevent development that is inappropriate or unsustainable.
“It shows that we are continuing to fight for the interests of Cheshire East’s residents – and having some hard-earned successes.
“People can be assured that we will make every effort to prevent inappropriate development, to preserve our precious heritage and get the right development in the right location.”
Councillor Don Stockton, Cabinet member in charge of housing and jobs, added: “This is very welcome news for the local people of Shavington and Spurstow and shows that we are determined to stand up and be counted in our commitment to putting residents first and opposing unsustainable and inappropriate development.”
The Council was unsuccessful in an appeal to block 120 homes from being built on the edge of Audlem. However, the authority was not ordered to pay the developer’s court costs as the planning inspector ruled that the case submitted by the Council appropriately justified and explained their position to refuse permission and fight the appeal.
CEC Press Release 6th Feb 2015