Delayed decision for Tattenhall

Tattenhall, one of the first villages to have a Neighbourhood Plan adopted, have unfortunately still not heard the outcome of a number of planning appeals within the village despite the adoption of a Neighbourhood plan:

“On Monday 23rd March it was drawn to my attention by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CW&C) that there was the prospect that the awaited decisions on the three housing appeals might be issued by the end of that week.

By Friday morning when nothing had been forthcoming CW&C contacted the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to be told that there had been a further development which would potentially delay the Tattenhall decision being issued.

A decision had been published earlier in the week, by an Inspector, who had overruled a Council refusal of planning permission and had allowed an appeal for a development of up to 30 dwellings at Nether Peover.  One of his grounds for granting permission was that, in his opinion, CW&C did not have a 5 year housing land supply.  (CW&C disputes this).

It is understood that this decision had been drawn to the attention of the Secretary of State in relation to the Tattenhall cases, and that this is a matter to which the Secretary of State has to give consideration in determining the Tattenhall appeals.

It is very disappointing that almost two years since the Appeal was held we are still awaiting the outcome.  There is no prospect that the appeal decisions will now be received until after the May elections as the Secretary of State does not issue appeal decisions between the dissolution of Parliament (30th March) and the election on 7th May.  I do not know how long it will be after 7th May until we see the decisions but I will continue to closely monitor the situation and liaise regularly with CW&C.”

Carol Weaver, Chairman Tattenhall Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group



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