Cheshire East residents are being invited to comment again on the second part of the borough's Local Plan, ahead of its submission for examination by an independent planning inspector.
Following feedback on the previous draft in late 2019, the council's cabinet has now agreed changes to the site allocations and development policies document (SADPD), which identifies sites for development in the local service centres of Alderley Edge, Audlem, Bollington, Chelford, Disley, Holmes Chapel, Mobberley and Prestbury.
Changes include the removal of some of the potential sites for housing and employment development, most of which would have involved taking more land out of the green belt, including all the sites earmarked for development in Alderley Edge:
- 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.
The revisions also include:
- Revised policies for retail development and town centres, reflecting reduced demand for new retail floorspace and a need for diversified uses in town centres to support their vitality; and
- Higher environmental standards for new homes to help tackle climate change.
This final draft is now available to view on the council's website and at public libraries. Owing to the current Covid-secure arrangements, members of the public are asked to make an appointment in advance if they wish to view these documents at one of our libraries.
Councillor Toni Fox, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning, said: "The site allocations policy document will have a central role in deciding planning applications and will therefore help to shape the quality of the places in which we live.
"I would urge residents to submit any further views they may have so they can be put before the planning inspector who will scrutinise the plan.
"The revisions we have made are a direct response to the comments we have received from our residents."
The consultation is open for six weeks beginning on Monday 26 October and closing at 5pm on 7 December.
More information about the revised SADPD and how to respond to it is available on the council's website or by contacting the council's strategic planning team via email: [email protected] or telephone 01270 685893
The SADPD will require approval by full council, scheduled for spring 2021. The representations will then be submitted to the government, alongside the supporting evidence, and will be considered by a planning inspector during an examination.