Questionnaires were recently delivered to every household in Alderley Edge as part of the Neighbourhood Plan process, asking local residents their views on what aspects of living in Alderley Edge are important, where new houses should be built in the village and what type of new housing is needed. The questionnaire also asked for their views on car parking, transportation, local facilities and improvements to the village centre.
Alderley Edge Parish Council delivered 2500 the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire and confirmed that they received 376 completed copies but since the deadline date of Thursday 30th March for returns we have received more, so they now have in the region of 400 copies returned.
The Parish Council has sent the completed questionnaires to Cheshire Community Action for analysis and have been told that they will receive the results around mid May.
Councillor Christine Munro said "The Parish Council felt that outsourcing this work has the benefit of having an independent third party do the analysis, so addressing any concerns that might be raised of bias if we undertook the work ourselves."
She added "We did however ask CCA to give us a faster analysis of Q2.2. This question asked residents to rank a number of different sites in the village in order of their preference for development.
"The assumption behind this is that Alderley Edge will be unable to avoid a requirement under the Local Plan to provide at least 100 new homes over the period to 2030."
Adding up the top scores (scores 4+5) for each site produced the following ranking:
1. Harden Park (228)
2. Hole Farm (157)
3. Land opposite Horseshoe Farm (118)
4. North of Beech Road (101)
5. A34/Tomato Farm (96)
6. A34/Ryleys Farm (89)
7. Multi-property developments within village (64)
8. Infill within village (52)
(Note that the scores for the three sites ranked 4, 5 and 6 are very close).
They got a similar result if they deduct Most Unsuitable scores from Most Favourable scores when the ranking becomes tighter.
In both cases:
- The favoured sites are Harden Park, Hole Farm and the land opposite Horseshoe farm.
- The least favoured are development or infill within the village boundaries.
- In between lie the land north of Beech Road, the land adjacent to the A34/Tomato Farm and the land adjacent to the A34/Tomato Farm.
Christine Munro added "Since we undertook the Neighbourhood Plan questionnaire we have established that regrettably we cannot include Harden Park in the sites to meet the 100 home objective, which means that we shall need to include one, or more likely two, of the alternatives.
"The overall figure for Local Service Centres is 3,500 houses, however, this is split between existing permissions (of which Harden Park is included) and new permissions. The target for new permissions is about 1,250 and it is from this latter figure that our allocation of 100 is derived. Harden Park cannot be included in the latter figure as it has already been included in the former."
Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to say what they want their priorities to be over the next 15 years and once completed they have the power of the law. Planning Officers will refer to Neighbourhood Plans when considering planning applications for new developments in and around the village, which means they can have a real and positive impact on the village's future.
The answers from the survey will form an important part of the data being collected for the preparation of the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan, which once complete everyone in the village will be able to vote on through a referendum.