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Saturday 22 December 2012

Council extends Local Plan consultation – so grab your chance to make a difference!


Cheshire East Council is giving people more time to get involved in the next stage of consultation on its draft Local Plan to shape and protect the future growth of the Borough.

The aim is to give the best opportunity for as many as people as possible to comment on these important proposals.

The new Local Plan will aim to promote economic growth, improve connectivity and protect our countryside from unplanned development for the next 20 years.

Consultations on the Local Plan began two years ago. Since then, the feedback on the Issues and Options paper and the individual Town Strategies has been considered to produce a draft Development Strategy.

The six-week consultation on the Development Strategy and Policy Principles was due to be launched on January 15, via a range of consultation methods to ensure everyone can comment on the proposals.

However, given the public’s interest in planning and development matters, an advance copy of the draft Development Strategy has been made available today on the Council’s website, to view over the Christmas Holiday period and beyond.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “We are preparing a new Local Plan that will promote economic growth, improve connectivity and protect our countryside from unplanned development.

“We want people to have as much time as possible to digest and understand our draft Development Strategy – and so we are bringing forward the publication of the document so it can be viewed on our website over Christmas and people can then give their views.

“We hope this will give the best opportunity for as many as people as possible to comment on the proposals.

“I believe this draft Development Strategy keeps the best of what we all cherish about our towns and villages, whilst also providing for a successful and prosperous future for us all.

“This plan will ensure that Cheshire East will maintain and enhance its position as the number one Borough in the North West.

“I urge everyone to continue to get involved and let us know your views.”

Cheshire East Council Leader Councillor Michael Jones said: “I take very seriously my responsibility to protect the people of Cheshire East from unwanted and unplanned development.

“By extending the period for people to comment on the Development Strategy, I am confident that we will give more people the time they need to consider the issues in depth and to put forward robust and constructive comments that will benefit all our local communities.

“Our Development Strategy is a robust, jobs-led strategy to deliver targeted and sustainable development to benefit all the people of Cheshire East.

I have today committed additional resource to ensuring that this plan is in place so that we can speed up the process.

“The Development Strategy will deliver 27,000 new houses and 20,000 new jobs and the infrastructure needed for this to happen. It will also continue to support Cheshire East’s position both as the economic powerhouse of the North West and as a beautiful place to live.

“This is a sustainable, plan-led Development Strategy, which sends a strong message to the developers besieging our towns, inviting them to work with us to strengthen our towns and deliver positive outcomes for the people of Cheshire East.”

To view the draft Development Strategy document (from December 21) visit the weblink:

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