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Lack of Local Plan opens door to developers

Local Plan Delayed Again

 

Towns in Cheshire have been deluged with speculative planning applications since the coalition government introduced new rules to try and boost the economy by allowing housing on greenfield sites. Local authorities can reject housing applications if the sites are not in the Local Plan, but as Cheshire East Council doesn’t yet have a Local Plan, developers can build almost wherever they like at the moment. Cheshire East Council is now working on a Local Plan, but the progress has been dogged by delays and controversy.

 

The first consultation in the Local Plan process was held in spring 2012 and the final plan was due to be completed at the end of 2013. Sadly due to an ‘additional sites’ consultation and serious flaws in the emerging core strategy unveiled last month, the presentation of the Local Plan to a full council meeting has been delayed and a new 6 week consultation will now take place starting on 5th November and finishing on the 16th  December 2013.

 

This latest setback will further damage the reputation of the Cheshire East Council planning department which earlier this year was found guilty of maladministration by the Ombudsman and to have "knowingly and persistently misled the public”.

 

 

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “Every month of delay allows more time for developers to put in speculative planning applications. This latest delay means that the judgement on 150 houses off Congleton Road, which is due in November, will be given before the Local Plan is approved by Cheshire East Council. We desperately need a local plan, but it must be a good, robust plan.”

 

Labour Group Leader Cllr David Newton said, “The Labour Group is willing to work with the Conservatives to achieve a decent Local Plan that will stand up to government inspection and judicial review. Given the significant flaws in the Emerging Core Strategy published last month a delay is necessary in order to avoid the collapse of the entire Local Plan. We hope that the pause will be used to take the difficult decisions, make the necessary changes and agree compromises where necessaryLocal Plan Delayed Again

 

 

 

Towns in Cheshire have been deluged with speculative planning applications since the coalition government introduced new rules to try and boost the economy by allowing housing on greenfield sites. Local authorities can reject housing applications if the sites are not in the Local Plan, but as Cheshire East Council doesn’t yet have a Local Plan, developers can build almost wherever they like at the moment. Cheshire East Council is now working on a Local Plan, but the progress has been dogged by delays and controversy.

 

 

 

The first consultation in the Local Plan process was held in spring 2012 and the final plan was due to be completed at the end of 2013. Sadly due to an ‘additional sites’ consultation and serious flaws in the emerging core strategy unveiled last month, the presentation of the Local Plan to a full council meeting has been delayed and a new 6 week consultation will now take place starting on 5th November and finishing on the 16th  December 2013.

 

 

 

This latest setback will further damage the reputation of the Cheshire East Council planning department which earlier this year was found guilty of maladministration by the Ombudsman and to have "knowingly and persistently misled the public”.

 

 

 

 

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “Every month of delay allows more time for developers to put in speculative planning applications. This latest delay means that the judgement on 150 houses off Congleton Road, which is due in November, will be given before the Local Plan is approved by Cheshire East Council. We desperately need a local plan, but it must be a good, robust plan.”

 

 

Labour Group Leader Cllr David Newton said, “The Labour Group is willing to work with the Conservatives to achieve a decent Local Plan that will stand up to government inspection and judicial review. Given the significant flaws in the Emerging Core Strategy published last month a delay is necessary in order to avoid the collapse of the entire Local Plan. We hope that the pause will be used to take the difficult decisions, make the necessary changes and agree compromises where necessary

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