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Tuesday 27 September 2011

There’s still time to ‘have your say’ – and help shape the future of our towns and villages


Don’t miss your chance to have your say on helping to shape the future of our towns and villages. That’s the message from Cheshire East Council.

The authority is nearing the end of a period of public engagement on the Local Development Framework, called the ‘Place Shaping’ consultation.

But you can still get your voice heard – by completing a questionnaire by the deadline of September 30.

The Council’s spatial planning team has been working closely with the people of Cheshire East since July – to find out how people think our towns and villages should look in the future.

This process included a series of public engagement exhibitions and events across the Borough, which aimed to get people’s views on issues such as identifying sites for housing, employment development, shops, cycle routes, recreation facilities and protection of open spaces.

The consultation exhibitions have now come to an end – but there are still a few days left for people to tell the Council how they would like to see their town or village take shape in the future. If you’ve not yet filled in a questionnaire, why not complete one online?

This is your chance to have your say – and Cheshire East wants to hear from you.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member with responsibility for performance and capacity said: “The deadline is fast approaching – but there is still time for people to have their say on shaping the future of their communities.

“I would encourage all residents – and particularly younger people – to take the time to get involved and fill in the Place Shaping questionnaire.

“It is vitally important that we have as much input from local people as possible as the final plan will determine development in Cheshire East over the next 20 years.”

There are several ways and places you can fill in the questionnaire:

● Complete the questionnaire online at

● Print a copy of the questionnaire and return it using the freepost address;

● Pick up a copy at your local library or Cheshire East Council customer service point and return it using the freepost address at: Freepost RSRX-YYYE-AYRS, Spatial Planning, Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HZ; or

● Use touch-screen computers at Macclesfield Customer Service Centre or Crewe Customer Service Centre.

Cheshire East is very keen to hear your opinions, so please take the time to complete the questionnaire. You can also email the team at:

The next stage of the process will look at the options for the plan for each town and village. From this, a strategy for each place will be produced and the proposals will be incorporated into the Local Development Framework Core Strategy and Site Allocations documents.

More information on the Local Development Framework can be found on Cheshire East Councils website at:

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