Parliamentary Planning Enquiry Ignored by Conservatives on Cheshire East Council
The Parliamentary Communities and Local Government Committee is conducting an inquiry into the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The NPPF establishes new government rules on planning that include a presumption in favour of development on green field sites. The Committee has stated that evidence from local government scrutiny committees is particularly welcome.
In response to a question by Labour Group Leader David Newton, the Conservative Leader of the Council said that Cheshire East Council didn’t feel it necessary to put a response to the Parliamentary Committee because local Conservatives were regularly speaking to Ministers about planning issues.
David Newton said, “Here is a Parliamentary Committee asking for evidence on the impact of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the Conservatives on Cheshire East Council won’t even deign to respond. Speculative housing applications are a major headache for residents of Cheshire. These problems could be solved by changes to the operation of the National Planning Policy Framework. I am staggered at the arrogance of the Conservatives of Cheshire East Council in refusing to assist the Parliamentary Committee examining the operation of the NPPF. The Conservatives seem to think that everything is under control. They have been saying for years that they are talking with Ministers and everything will be all right, but the planning disaster just keeps getting worse.”
Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “I am dismayed that Cheshire East Council is not assisting the Parliamentary Committee by highlighting the terrible impact the NPPF is having on towns in Cheshire East. I did submit my own response to the Parliamentary Committee and, following my intervention, so did Sandbach Town Council. The traffic in Sandbach is getting worse and the schools are full. What is going to happen when thousands of new homes are built in Sandbach? The Conservatives need to wake up to the problems caused by their policies of encouraging private enterprises to build on Greenfield sites.”