Five year housing land supply ‘close’

CHESHIRE Council leader, Cllr Michael Jones, says in the Crewe Chronicle this week that a five year housing land supply will help fight developers but states he will fight a 20% buffer.

Cheshire East is close to achieving its five year housing  supply – but could still have a  fight on its hands as it is working to a 5% buffer.  At present the borough is a  sitting duck for developers  who have been quick to take advantage since  Secretary of State Eric Pickles  ruled the council has not  demonstrated it has a five year housing land supply.

A 20% buffer was also imposed  – meaning the council  should deal with its backlog of  undersupply in five years, but the  council has argued for a 5%  buffer which would give it nine  years.

Cheshire East leader Michael  Jones told Thursday’s full council meeting which met at Macclesfield: “We are close to  achieving our five year housing  supply and a 5% buffer.  I am  fighting against the 20% buffer.”

He added: “We have had a  Labour imposed moratorium  and we should not be punished  for this by needing to increase  our supply by a further 15%.”

The council leader said once  the five year supply had been  established ‘this will give more  strength to our planners to  defend our green gaps, greenbelt and villages’.     Crewe Chronicle

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