Local Plan faces final hurdle

The final examination hearings for Cheshire East's Local Plan begin next week before a Government-appointed Planning Inspector sitting in Macclesfield.

Members of the public and any organisations are welcome to attend the hearings at Macclesfield Town Hall starting on Tuesday September 16th but it must be noted that the Inspector will only hear statements from those parties who made representations on the 'submission version' of the plan during the prescribed period, and who were seeking some change to the plan. No one else will be invited to speak but they can attend to observe.

The Local Plan Strategy document sets out the Council's case for sustainable economic growth and is the strategy that the Council wants to adopt to manage development in Cheshire East up to 2030.

The Local Plan and all associated documents, including the comments received during the representation period, were submitted to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on May 20th, in preparation for independent examination.

The Examination hearings at Macclesfield Town Hall are held under the auspices of an independent Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State.

The strategy has undergone nine rounds of public consultation since 2010, and the final six-week consultation over March and April this year attracted 3,458 responses alone from 657 individuals and organisations.

Councillor David Brown, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "We are delighted that this major milestone in the progression of the Local Plan has now been reached after many months of preparation. We are very much looking forward to presenting our case at these hearings and demonstrating that we have a properly prepared, thorough and sound plan."

The Planning Inspector, Stephen Pratt has been appointed to conduct the examination to determine whether the Local Plan Strategy is sound and can be adopted by the Council. The programme officer for the examination is Miss Kerry Trueman. Hearings are set to continue until the end of October.

The examination is a continuous process, which runs from submission through to the receipt of the Inspector's report. Part of the process will involve hearing sessions, where those invited to attend will have the opportunity to respond to matters raised by the Inspector.

The hearing sessions will, however, be open to any parties who wish to attend to observe proceedings.

The public hearings into the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy Submission Version, which are expected to sit for about six weeks, will begin on Tuesday, September 16th starting at 10am at Macclesfield Town Hall.

Hearing sessions will not take place during the week commencing October 13th.

For further information regarding the Local Plan Strategy please check the Cheshire East Council website, contact the spatial planning team by emailing localplan@cheshireeast.gov.uk or ring the team on 01270 685893.

All queries relating to the examination should be addressed to the programme officer, Miss Kerry Trueman, via email at: ProgrammeOfficer@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Local Plan


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kathryn Blackburn
Tuesday 9th September 2014 at 3:00 pm
Only the deletion of the" presumption in favour of development" from the National Planning Policy Framework will alter the perfect storm that is on the horizon for the annihilation of Cheshire's green fields from the developer.

The majority of those speaking at the inspection of the plan represent developers requesting many other sites mostly greenfield ( some of these are in Wilmslow) to be added to the chosen strategic sites the reason they will argue is that Cheshire East Councils housing figure is too low and they would like the Inspector to increase the quantity of housing built during the plan period.

Local opinion counts for nothing, the responses to the initial consultation 28,000 of them across Cheshire have been ignored. Remember this when you vote next year.
Simon Worthington
Wednesday 10th September 2014 at 9:08 am
A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: "Cheshire East Council listens to local views and is committed to putting 'residents first' in all it does.
This is direct from the second piece about replacing road humps.
Terry Roeves
Thursday 11th September 2014 at 7:36 pm
It's good to read that Pegasus Life have 84 apartments planned for the Remenham site. It's not a windfall and should be included towards the 400 dwellings assigned to Wilmslow in the core plan currently with the Planning Inspector. After all, it's a larger number than the Royal London proposal which is there.
It makes it possible to defer Adlington Road plan 14/0007, as Wilmslow Town Council put in writing to CEC (ignored).
CEC are selling this land. It would be utterly wrong for them not to include this in the core plan. They must have known of its availability for building during the core plan consultation period. Failing to include it will be yet another nail in Cllr Jones' coffin.