Wilmslow Town Council is hugely disappointed that with only 'minor amendments' the Inspector has agreed the Cheshire East Local Plan, ignoring the views of many local residents and the Town Council.
In a report prepared by Councillor Keith Purdom for the Wilmslow Town Council meeting on Monday, 19th December, he stated that the views expressed both in writing and in person to the Inspector have been ignored.
Councillor Keith Purdom said "We had repeated our opinion that the Green Belt was there for a reason and that we didn't need the large number of houses allocated to Wilmslow.
"That the starting place being the number of completions to date, was both out of date and plain wrong. Far more completions had taken place than the CE numbers.
"We also stated our opposition to Upcast Lane area, either for development or safeguarding (for future development) and we were clear that we believed that the land off the Prestbury Link Road was a far better location on exactly the grounds that the Inspector was looking for - access to the town and station on foot and cycle, access to the A34 and the motorways. That it is 'deliverable' being CE owned and it is promoted by a developer.
"I personally attended the Inspector's hearing to make these points and spoke strongly about the land to the west of Royal London - it offers a green approach to Wilmslow and highly valued by many not, just the local residents.
"We also spoke about the traffic analysis upon which much of this depends and stated along with others that it was plain wrong to analyse each site in isolation and an holistic approach was needed to analyse the aggregate effect of all the housing that will impact Wilmslow. Thus those in the nearby Councils, such as for example Handforth and Woodford but also Greater Manchester Council area as their latest consultation sees some 7000 - yes 7000 houses identified to sites local to the Cheshire East boundary that will especially impact the A34 SEMMS roads it seems and for which no traffic analysis has been made available to date.
"This latest information from GM is itself alarming as they seem to have ignored the impact of their neighbours being the CE Local Plan and concentrated housing along their boundaries and especially the CEC boundary. This is not joined up thinking and appears to the writer to discredit the entire planning process which seems to focus almost entirely on meeting the Government's target number of housing despite any and all local opinion about where development might take place, ignores almost entirely the protection of the Green Belt, includes no encouragement for developers to work on more difficult brown field sites and the process takes no account of such consequential matters as roads, medical and school facilities.
"So after years of consultation, many many meetings, written and verbal input to CEC and the Inspector the bottom line is that the Inspector has increased the number of completions for Wilmslow by 10 - yes really - and suggested that the land to the west of the Royal London site include some open space.
"Through the SPP and WTC we can continue to seek opportunities to influence development - we will for example continue to work with local residents who are seeking to influence the development of the Stanneylands sites and with other residents affected elsewhere but personally I (along with many other WTC councillors) started this work with high hopes that we could influence CEC (and subsequently the Inspector) and have plan that reflected at some of the residents opinions. Clearly our work has influenced almost nothing at all."