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Friday 18 April 2014

Call for Council Leaders to resign after, yet again, Government Inspector rules that Cheshire East does not have a 5 year housing supply.


Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester is calling on the Leader  and Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council (CE)to resign after yet another planning fiasco.  A Government Inspector ruled on the 11/4/14  that Cheshire East does not have a 5 year housing supply and has allowed  a planning application for  96  homes in Sandbach. (See link to decision letter below)

Cllr. Silvester said ," Time after time, Cllr.Jones and Cllr Brown have assured the good people of Cheshire East that they had no need to worry because the Council now has a 5 year supply of housing land and the 'evil' developers would not be able to win applications on appeal. Last year Cllr Jones even said the Council  had a 7 year supply. As with most of Cllr Jones promises  this proved to be an empty promise.

In the decision letter the Inspector is very damning of the Council.

'Para 23 About 40% of the houses that are assumed to be delivered within

five years do not have planning permission.

Para 24 There was a distinct lack of credible hard evidence to justify the projections for

some of these (strategic)sites and consequently it would be unwise to place too much

reliance on the potential for delivering a significant amount of the housing'

requirement from such sources.

It is essential that Cheshire East can demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing land, plus 20% to compensate for the historic undersupply, if it is to successfully fight off the flood of major housing applications that the Borough is experiencing. The political leadership of the Council have been going around for over a year stating that CE had a 5 year supply of housing land and telling concerned residents that they had no need to worry about the proposed huge developments on their doorstep. This has proved to be incorrect, as I have been stating for a long time. Those politicians that have being giving those false reassurances have badly let down the residents of CE and should now be examining their position. The Council now needs to inform residents how they intend to fill the gap in the housing land supply. There should be no more bluff and bluster and futile threats of legal action.The Local Plan has only recently been agreed by the Council but it has no chance of being approved by the Minister if  a 5 year supply of housing cannot be demonstrated to his satisfaction. "

Call for measures to stop anti-social parking in Willaston

After pressure from Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester, Cheshire East Council(CEC) are to have a meeting with the developers of Meadow View,Willaston (Jones Homes) with a view to sorting out the parking problems before the development is adopted by the Council.

He said," This cul de sac was allowed to be built with insufficeint parking space initially.As a consequence there have been severe parking problems since the houses were occupied. Cars park on the grass verges and double park at the junction which makes it very difficult for an emergency vehicle ansd sometimes the bin wagon to obtain access. (See photos and e-mails below)The Police have been involved and they have written to all the residents but the problems continue.

I have asked CEC to draw up some options for their meeting with the developers,with plans,to show how more car parking provision could be provided using some of the grassed areas,protecting the remaining grass verges from being cut up by by irresponsible parking and something to deter the dangerous parking at the junction with Wistaston Road. Once possible solutions have been agreed I could then survey the residents and ascertain the preferred option."

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)  

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close



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