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Wednesday 1 December 2010

People have their say on the future development of Cheshire East


More than 60 people attended a consultation to discuss ways to boost jobs and develop new housing in Cheshire East.

And there is still time for YOU to have your say.

People are being urged to take part in shaping the future development of Cheshire East to help unleash its potential. Everybody is being invited to give their views on the Cheshire East Local Development Framework.

This development plan will look at how our towns and villages should grow and change over the next 20 years, how transport connections could be improved and how the environment can be enhanced.

This plan will affect everyone who lives or works in Cheshire East or who visits the area. The first stage of consultation started on November 8 and runs until December 17.

More than 60 people packed the Council Chamber at Crewe (on November 19) at a Housing Market Partnership workshop to consider the housing challenges facing Cheshire East and discuss approaches to providing enough new homes for people.

The Housing Market Partnership is a multidisciplinary group of stakeholders who meet to discuss housing and planning related issues. A total of 48 representatives of registered social landlords, developers, estate agents and house builders attended the workshop alongside 20 Cheshire East officers and Cabinet member Councillor David Brown.

The Council also wants your views on planning ahead to meet the key challenges facing Cheshire East up to 2030. These include:

● Meeting housing need – how much housing is needed and where?

● Promoting economic prosperity, jobs and growth;

● Supporting town centres;

● Improving transport connections;

● Working to promote cultural and social wellbeing;

● Conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment;

● Reducing impact on climate change.

People will also be asked to give their views on three options for growth in Cheshire East:

Option One: Growth in Crewe and towns in the south of the borough. This would see limited growth in the north of the borough, no change to the green belt and limited rural development;

Option Two: Growth in Crewe, Macclesfield and towns in the south of the borough. This would include change to the green belt at Macclesfield and some limited rural development;

Option Three: Growth in Crewe, Macclesfield and neighbouring towns in between. This would include changes to the green belt and some limited rural development.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member with responsibility for performance and capacity, said: “This is a really important consultation and a great opportunity for people to help shape the future direction of Cheshire East.

“It is pleasing to see the number of people who are interested in having their say on the future of Cheshire East. Everyone is encouraged to have their say and get involved with the consultation, as this will form the basis for development in Cheshire East for the next 20 years.

“Once this document is approved, it will form the basis for both housing and economic development sites in specific locations.”

Future LDF workshop/focus groups will be held on:

Wednesday, December 1, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, at the Assembly Room, Macclesfield Town Hall – for infrastructure providers/environmental groups;

Tuesday, December 7, from 8am to 9.30am, at Crewe Alexandra Football Club, in Gresty Road, Crewe – for a business breakfast event;

Wednesday, December 8, from 6pm to 7.30pm, at The Assembly Room, Macclesfield Town Hall – for a business community workshop;

There will be further opportunities for people to get involved during further consultation on the Local Development Framework, focusing on towns, in 2011.

Copies of the consultation document are available online on the Council’s website, at local libraries and at the Council offices at Westfields, Sandbach.

Comments can be submitted online at:

Alternatively, email or write to:

Spatial Planning Team, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ.

For more information and to comment, visit

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