Cheshire East Council has announced that it is pleased with the public response to the Local Plan phase two, which identified smaller-scale sites for development in local service centres including Alderley Edge.
It says more than 2,700 people and organisations have voiced their views on the second phase of Cheshire East Council's Local Plan Strategy via the consultation process, which followed publication of the site allocations and development policies document (SADPD).
Looking through the comments a large number are from developers and land owners, many are generic and have been duplicated numerous times.
Only four comments were submitted regarding the proposals for three new housing developments in Alderley Edge from local residents, two of which are members of the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan Group, along with comments from developers, Historic England, CPRE and the Environment Agency.
The purpose of the SADPD, which forms the second part of the council's Local Plan, is to set out detailed planning policies to guide decisions on planning applications as well as identifying additional smaller-scale sites for development.
The majority of development needs have already been provided for via the Local Plan Strategy, which came into force in July 2017. The SADPD identifies sites for development in Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Chelford, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley and Prestbury - which are generally sites of fewer than 60 homes or two hectares (five acres) in size.
In three sites allocated for development in Alderley Edge are:
Site ALD 1 - Land adjacent to Jenny Heyes The land adjacent to Jenny Heyes is allocated for residential development for around 10 new homes. This greenfield site is 0.47 ha in size and is located to the north east of Alderley Edge, on Heyes Lane.
Site ALD 2 - Ryleys Farm, north of Chelford Road The land at Ryleys Farm, north of Chelford Road is allocated for residential development for around 45 new homes. This greenfield site is 1.6 ha in size and is located to the west of Alderley Edge, north of Chelford Road.
Site ALD 4 - Land north of Beech Road The land north of Beech Road is allocated for residential development for around 35 new homes.This greenfield site is 2.9 ha in size and is located to the north of Alderley Edge, north of Beech Road.
Additionally safeguarded land is identified in Green Belt areas and may be required to meet longer-term development needs.
Land allocated for safeguarding in Alderley Edge is:
Site ALD 3 - Ryleys Farm (safeguarded) Land at Ryleys Farm is designated as 2.70 ha of safeguarded land. It remains in the open countryside and is not allocated for development at the present time.
A 'call for sites' took place between February and April 2017 when landowners, developers and other interested parties were invited to submit proposed sites for consideration.
The six-week consultation took place in August and September 2019 and a summary of the feedback received from the public can now be seen on the council's website.
Councillor Toni Fox, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning, said: "I am really pleased with the level of feedback we received, and it is important that we take the time to carefully consider all of the points made to us about the plan.
"The next step will be to decide later this year what amendments, if any, may be needed to the SADPD before its submission to the secretary of state for examination by an independent planning inspector.
"We do not rule out publishing changes to the plan for further public consultation prior to its submission."
The council's LPS document, formally adopted in July 2017, sets out the overall vision and planning strategy for the whole of the borough, covering economic, environmental, housing and social needs up to 2030.