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