Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has written to Cllr Jones, leader of Cheshire East Council, praising the authority and urging developers to work with the Council.
Welcoming the fact that the authority had now established a revised housing figure, the emerging Local Plan will protect the countryside and the green belt, Pickles added,
“The Government’s changes to legislation and policy have put Local Plans at the heart of the planning system. Our policy sets out clearly that emerging plans may gain weight as they progress but before they are formally adopted.
A published Local Plan will therefore mean that Cheshire East is better able to guard against speculative or unwanted development. I appreciate the development pressures and planning constraints in the area, and would therefore openly encourage developers to work alongside you as your plan progresses in order to bring forward appropriate development.
Although I cannot pre-determine the outcome of examination, I very much welcome that you have established a revised housing figure, your statement that the emerging Local Plan will protect the countryside ….”
Cheshire East Council has now passed the Local Plan which should help guard against unwanted development. It should go before the Planning Inspectorate this Spring and hopefully will be ratified before the end of the year.
Cllr Jones said, “Developers should take note of this and work with the council on sensible, sustainable proposals.”