Cheshire East Council has confirmed that three additional sites in Wilmslow are currently under consideration for inclusion in the Local Plan as potential Strategic Sites for development.
A report has been approved by Cllr Rachel Bailey, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Local Plan, today which includes the suggested revisions, the outcome of engagement workshops and an update on the site selection.
The map for Wilmslow shows that land at Little Stanneylands, Heathfield Farm at Dean Row and land west of Upcast Lane (which is a larger parcel of land than that which was included previously) are amongst those currently under consideration as potential new and amended Strategic Sites.
It was agreed that the suggested revisions to the submitted Local Plan Strategy be submitted to the Inspector, along with the list of new or amended sites which includes two in Crewe, four in Macclesfield, one in Alsager, one in Congleton, five in Knutsford, two in Middlewich and five in Poynton.
The examination of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy, which was suspended in December 2014, will resume next month.
During the suspension of the examination, the Council has undertaken several work streams, including reassessing the housing need and the economic, employment and housing strategy, updating the Green Belt Assessment, reviewing the amount of Safeguarded Land and the need for a new Green Belt in the south of the borough, and amending the Spatial Distribution of Development.
In July, the Cabinet endorsed the suggested revisions to the submitted plan which include increasing the overall housing requirement figure from 27,000 to 36,000 dwellings, the economic growth rate from 0.4% to 0.7%, the number of jobs from 13,000 to 31,400, and the amount of employment land from 351 to 380ha.
The number of new homes proposed for Wilmslow has increased from 400 to 900 and the provision of employment land has increased from 8 to 10 hectares.
Whilst in Handforth, including the North Cheshire Growth Village, the number has been revised from 2000 to 2200 dwellings with 22 rather than 10 hectares of employment land.
Alderley Park is also included in the revision, where there could be potential for 200 to 300 new homes.
In order to make further progress with the examination, the Inspector is holding a Procedural Meeting on Tuesday 6th October at Macclesfield Town Hall, commencing at 11.00am. The purpose of this meeting is to summarise the current position of the examination, outline the additional work undertaken by the Council during the suspension of the examination and explain the arrangements for resuming the hearing sessions.
The Inspector envisages resuming the hearing sessions of the examination on Wednesday 21st October at Macclesfield Town Hall, starting at 10.00am. The detailed programme for the resumed hearings will be issued later, but they are provisionally scheduled to take place between 21st and 23rd October and 27th and 29th October.
The purpose of these hearing sessions is to review the additional evidence produced by the Council during the suspension period, assess its implications for the submitted Local Plan Strategy and consider whether it fully addresses the concerns set out in the Inspector's Interim Views.
Click here to review the report prepared for today's meeting which details all the suggested revisions to the submitted Local Plan Strategy and the sites being considered by the Council as potential new or amended strategic site allocations and potential new additional Safeguarded Land.
The Council is intending to publish the revisions to the submitted Local Plan, along with new or amended strategic site allocations, for public consultation in December 2015.