Second chance to discuss draft proposals for car parking, housing development and green spaces


Local residents, businesses and employees are being invited to attend a second drop in session being held next week to learn more about the draft proposals being put forward for housing development, car parking, protection of green spaces, the local economy and infrastructure in Alderley Edge.

Following three years of gathering evidence, researching and consulting, the draft version of the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) is now available for public consultation and those with an interest in the village are being encourage to attend the second drop-in at Alderley Edge Library from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, 10th September

Copies of the draft NDP will be available to view at the library, along with questionnaires for your feedback.

The Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), which is available for public consultation until Thursday, 12th September, includes a draft vision, 7 objectives linked to the key planning themes of the plan and 21 draft policies which have been put together to help deliver sustainable development in Alderley Edge up until 2030.

Sarah Greenwood, Co-Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan group, explained "Neighbourhood Development Plans are a new type of planning policy document, prepared by local residents, to guide new development within the local area. They are used alongside local authority (here, Cheshire East Council) and national planning policy documents, to help determine planning applications. NDPs are powerful tools and present significant opportunities for local people to have a real say in shaping development within their local area."

She added "Alderley Edge is an attractive target location for developers and without robust Plan policies, residents and businesses would forfeit their right to shape the future development of the village. The NDP also addresses residents' concerns over parking, ensuring a strong local economy and maintaining the character of the village."

Click here to view the draft Neighbourhood Plan and complete the online questionnaire.

Following this informal public consultation on the draft NDP, the NDP group will consider all the responses, revise the draft NDP and then publish the final version of the draft NDP for the required six week formal consultation later this year.

Following this the NDP will be further revised and then submitted to Cheshire East Council who will check it and publish it for a further six weeks consultation.

The NDP then will be examined by an independent examiner who is likely to recommend further changes before the NDP is subjected to a local referendum within Alderley Edge. If there is a majority Yes vote, the NDP will be adopted by Cheshire East Council and used to help determine planning applications alongside Cheshire East's own planning policies and national policy.

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group hope to achieve all this and have a Neighbourhood Development Plan in place by mid-2020.

Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan


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

Duncan Herald
Saturday 7th September 2019 at 9:23 am
I have read the section 6 part; it sets out laudable aims for housing in the village.
however there is alas no scheme for costs ; who pays? who decides what constitutes affordable housing in A.E.? from whence will come the building land?

I would not wish to seem unduly cynical, but unless such mmatters are dealt with, no matter how laudable the aims there will be no realisation of the aims.

There is perhaps a touch of putting the cart before the horse?

Nevertheless, good luck.
Vin Sumner
Monday 9th September 2019 at 9:24 pm
think the idea of some sort of plan is great in principle , but its a hard read for lay person , am sure it needs to be " technical" ... but more on what the village would be like as a place to live would help ... happy as said before to help with visualisation of the future in way people can relate to and provide informed comment
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 1:14 pm
Naught to de with housing, but perhaps to do with N, Scheme'.

Twinning. Some years back I proposed a possibility for A.E. to be twinned with place/s in Europe. (Did you know that Stockport was twinned with Beziers in the Languedoc.?)
To my surprise, at that time, there was no National twining set-up nor any such in the Town Hall.
There were some tongue-in-cheek suggestions such as 'anywhere in the Loire area as the Loire wines are delicious' and some unkind thoughts such as 'only the rich will use the facility' and 'the Parish Councilors will go on subsidised fact-finding jollies'.
Whatever, the suggestion never 'took off'.
Might it 'take off' now? (Please no Brexit stuff!).
David Smith
Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 5:32 pm
Duncan - I don't understand your first sentence - please translate!
Ruth Norbury
Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 9:46 pm
This morning I went to the library, read through a hard copy of the Neighbourhood Plan and filled in a questionnaire there. Thank goodness the library's still open!
I haven't yet learnt comfortable reading of a document on screen.
I'd like to offer my thanks to all involved in creating the Plan. It will allow us in due course to say 'No' if proposed developments don't match what's laid out in the Plan. More power to the people of this village.
Please exercise your right to comment if you haven't done so yet.
Duncan Herald
Tuesday 10th September 2019 at 10:40 pm
Hi David
The text above is about N. Dev. Plan. Including Housing.
The concern of my bit above is about Twining between A.E. and other comparable towns/villages in Europe.
I did not wish to start a whole new topic and so I piggy-backed.
Hope that's clearer.