Fiona Bruce speaks out

Fiona Bruce speaks out

Local MP expresses frustration about Cheshire East Local Plan progress and SHLAA position. Fiona Bruce spoke at a Planning and Housing Supply debate in Westminster Hall this week, “Our local authority has been working for three years on a local plan.  What has gone wrong?  Why does the draft plan that was prepared last year, which was […]

Draft Core Strategy

Draft Core Strategy

Before the public consultation on the next stage in the production of a Core Strategy starts, Cllr David Brown – the Cabinet Member for Strategic Communities – is to consider the Pre-Submission Core Strategy at a meeting on Friday, 1st November . The provisional strategic sites for potential inclusion in the emerging Local Plan Core Strategy, with the […]

Local Plan Delayed Again

Local Plan Delayed Again

Lack of local plan opens door to developers ‘The first consultation in the Local Plan process was held in spring 2012 and the final plan was due to be completed at the end of 2013. Sadly due to an ‘additional sites’ consultation and serious flaws in the emerging core strategy unveiled last month, the presentation […]

New village planned for Handforth

New village planned for Handforth

CHESHIRE East Council has committed to plans for 1,800 new homes on green belt land in Handforth.  The authority says it has a “brownfield first” strategy but says some green belt is needed and believes a single release of land to the east of the A34 in Handforth would mitigate against the impact of piecemeal […]

Pickles approves farmland destruction

Pickles approves farmland destruction

Eric Pickles approves destruction of farmland for 100 houses in Cheshire West. Communities secretary Eric Pickles has over-ruled a planning inspector’s rejection of 100 homes on top-quality farmland judged to be in conflict with the local plan, unsustainable in transport terms and prejudicial to development of a front-runner neighbourhood plan. Mr Pickles rejected the inspector’s […]

MP Edward Timpson hopes to save Local Plan

MP Edward Timpson hopes to save Local Plan

Crewe and Nantwich MP Edward Timpson is to meet with the Planning Minister to ask for advice on how councillors can get Cheshire East’s Local Plan signed off as soon as possible.  Although his interest is clearly around Crewe and Nantwich it would be useful if he can help speed up the process so that Cheshire […]

Council confident in housing land supply

Council confident in housing land supply

Cheshire East Council seem to be at odds with developers over how much housing land supply there is, saying that there is over 7 years supply shown in the SHLAA rather than about 3 years put forward by one developer. Deputy Leader David Brown says “It is very disappointing that some developers are continuing to […]

New Consultation on Local Plan ahead

New Consultation on Local Plan ahead

Will Goostrey still be incorrectly categorised as a Local Service Centre? Cheshire East’s Strategic Planning Board are due to review a revised draft of the Local Plan on Sept 26th.  This will then be followed by a six week public consultation.  It must be then signed off by the government’s Planning Inspectorate before the final Local […]

CPRE charter fights to save countryside

CPRE charter fights to save countryside

Call to arms as CPRE unveil charter to stop destruction of the English countryside Bullying tactics by developers – Too often at present, controversy over local planning is typified by large, powerful developers railroading unpopular proposals through the planning process. This can often involve using the threat of their right of appeal against refusal of […]

Pickles decision could help developers

Pickles decision could help developers

Pickles approves 270 Cheshire homes Communities secretary Eric Pickles has granted permission for 270 homes on 10 hectares of agricultural land in Cheshire, finding that the local council’s housing land supply policies are out-of-date. In a decision letter issued today, the communities secretary granted permission for developer Gladman Developments’ proposed scheme to build up to […]