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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Local Plan consultation is coming to an end - get involved today

 

Time is nearly up for you to get involved in the latest round of the Local Plan consultation.

The Local Plan Development Strategy and Policy Principles consultation closes on Tuesday, February 26.

Due to local government reorganisation and the introduction of Cheshire East Council as a local authority in 2009, completion of the Local Plan is currently delayed, leaving Cheshire East under siege from developers submitting plans for development.

The Local Plan will be finalised in August of this year, which will help to protect Cheshire East from unplanned, unsustainable development throughout the Borough.

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said:  “The Local Plan will provide a blueprint for the future of Cheshire East for the next 20 years. Having our Local Plan in place, means that we can make informed decisions when developers come our way.

“We are fighting hard to protect Cheshire East from unwanted development. So far, we have received 1,176 comments on the Development Strategy – if you feel strongly about the future of your town, please give us your comments too.”

The draft Development Strategy document can be viewed at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan where you can have your say and fill out a comments form.

The Development Strategy document is also available to view at any of our libraries, or by visiting the Council’s Delamere House in Crewe; Macclesfield Town Hall; and the Council’s headquarters at Westfields in Sandbach.  The Local Plan consultation ends on February 26, 2013.

Background:

The latest Local Plan consultation is called the Draft Development Strategy and can be viewed by visiting: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan. There is also a chance to have your say and fill out a comment form.

The new Local Plan aims to promote economic growth, improve connectivity and protect the Cheshire East countryside from unsustained, unplanned development for the next 20 years.

Consultations on the Local Plan began two years ago and 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 finalised Development Strategy will deliver 27,000 new houses and 20,000 new jobs over the next two decades and the infrastructure needed for this to happen.

For further information please contact:

Jemma Williams

Communications Officer (Campaigns)

Cheshire East Council

Direct: 01270 686580

Mobile: 07879117189

Email: jemma.williams@cheshireast.gov.uk

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