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Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Cheshire East Local Plan Alternative Site Option Consultation


A further four week consultation linked to the Local Plan is proposed from May 3, when views from the public will be sought.

The consultation will give members of the public a chance to have their say about some sites which have not previously been in the public domain. The decision to consult will be taken at a special meeting of Strategic Planning board on May 1 and confirmed by the portfolio holder.

Cheshire East Council is committed to a plan-led approach to development so we can secure the jobs, homes and infrastructure that the Borough needs for the future.

It also gives the best chance for full and proper debate on all the issues concerned and we are working to progress the new Cheshire East Local Plan in a thorough but timely fashion.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said:  “In order that we can be sure that we have properly considered all available options we are therefore bringing these sites to the public’s attention to ensure that the plan is robust.

“This does not mean the Council supports the development of these sites. We have reached no view at all on their merits at this stage and we are seeking people’s views because they have not featured in any previous stage of the local plan. These sites have been proposed by developers to achieve their business objectives.

“In creating a new plan we need to be sure that we have considered all reasonable alternatives in terms of our strategy and potential development sites. We have to ensure that alternatives are considered and will have to pass sustainability and environmental tests before any are accepted as part of our wider consideration of the Local Plan.

“Earlier in the year we had extensive consultation on our new Local Plan - and in response received well over 10,000 comments back.

“Some of these have proposed alternative development sites that have featured neither in the Draft Local Plan or the preceding Town Strategies.

“We therefore need to bring these sites to public attention and find out what the public think of them.

“We will be consulting on Alternative Site Options for four weeks, beginning May 3.

“I should stress that the Council is not positively proposing any of these sites for development at this stage - these are merely sites that have been presented to us as options.

“Rather than keep these under wraps we want to know what everyone thinks. 

“Many of these sites, I believe will be unacceptable but there may be some hidden jewels.

“We have formed no view as to the merits of these sites - so please gives us your views.”

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