Sandbach Needs More Employment Sites
The Cheshire East Council response to the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan was discussed at a meeting on Monday at Westfields. Whilst generally supportive of the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan, the response questioned whether there was a reasonable prospect of the site by Junction 17 of the M6 being developed as a business park and suggested that the policy should re-worked so as to allow more housing (in addition to the 2 applications already granted by Cheshire East Council for 50 and 250 houses).
Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said, “Sandbach has lost a lot of employment with the closure of Fodens and ERF and the redevelopment of those sites for housing. The site by Junction 17 is ideal for a new world class science and business park, but it is a poor site for housing because there is no safe pedestrian access to a primary school or other facilities. Nevertheless, the Conservatives have been pushing for housing on the business park site. With the Conservatives in charge, the developers and landowners are laughing all the way to the bank… and the future for Sandbach is a dormitory town.”
Dr Darren Price, planning expert and Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Congleton, said, “The plans for the Junction 17 business park site in the Sandbach Neighbourhood Plan are almost identical to the plans for that site in the draft Cheshire East Local Plan. So by raising concerns about the Neighbourhood Plan, Cheshire East Council are effectively calling into question their own Local Plan. It is no wonder that planning in Cheshire East is in such a mess!”