Council announces improved land supply figure

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Cheshire East Council can now demonstrate a housing land supply figure of 7.5 years, up from 7.2 years in the same period in the previous year.

The increased figure of 7.5 years supply of housing land places the council comfortably above the five-year threshold, which all councils are expected to demonstrate when contesting planning applications that run contrary to local planning guidelines.

Under national planning policy, planning inspectors can approve controversial applications where a local planning authority cannot show that it has a five-year housing land supply – an issue which has led to a number of unpopular housing schemes in the open countryside on the edge of towns and villages in previous years in Cheshire East.

As of 31 March 2019, the council had a requirement to show that 11,802 new dwellings could be built in the next five years. It is now able to show that 17,733 new homes can be built – the equivalent of a 7.5 year's supply.

Additionally the council can also point to a record level of housebuilding in 2018/19, when a total of 3,062 new homes were constructed in the borough.

Councillor Toni Fox, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning, said: "Having 7.5 years of housing land supply places the council in a strong and resilient position in relation to planning applications in Cheshire East – and reduces, still further, the risk of a planning free-for all.

"This latest assessment means we can properly meet the demand for new homes, including affordable housing, that people need. It also helps ensure a sustainable workforce for our thriving economy in Cheshire East and a sufficient margin to ensure we have greater control over our planning decisions in future.

"I'm encouraged that many house builders are working positively with us and getting new homes built in a prompt and planned manner. We can now focus on ensuring that the remaining sites in our local plan are implemented as soon as possible and that the planning conditions are fully adhered to, in the interests of all our communities."

Cheshire East remains one of the busiest planning authorities in the country.

Cheshire East Council


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

Pete Taylor
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 7:02 pm
Given that CEC has 50% more land allocated for house development than required, can we assume that there really was no need to take any of our Green Belt and allocate it for housing?

As we really need be planting as many trees as possible should this Green Belt be taken back to be used to combat the Climate Emergency, rather than for speculative house building?
David Smith
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 8:51 pm
Agreed, Peter.
The last sentence says it all - we are building too many brick boxes [houses?] in this part ot the country/county and is having too great an impact on the environment, our countryside [which is slowly being nibbled away] and the quality of life of the residents. all so that housebuilding industries can turn in huge profits for their senior officials.
Julie Allanson
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 9:52 pm
I second Pete Taylor's question. Can we have an answer please. The infrastructure aroumd here will not support all thrse new houses and we should now be putting the climate our first priority.
David Smith
Friday 10th January 2020 at 9:07 am
...and another thing:
It is about time that a land survey is undertaken that identifies land as farmland [for agriculture], green-field [for leisure and appreciation], woodland [for nature & more trees], commercial and brownfield [for possible commercial or residential development]. Any other categories you might like to add? No building is allowed on sites other than brown-field sites and when they are all used up developers will have to go elsewhere and use up the brownfield sites in other locations.
So the LAND SUPPLY 'BANK' will gradually reduce to zero which will then mean NO MORE BUILDING AROUND HERE.
I would also suggest that this existing 'land supply figure [bank]' should be reviewed and some contents removed and allocated to trees.