De­vel­op­ers see red over wait for green belt plan­ning process

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF -

I THINK it’s fair to say builders and de­vel­op­ers have done very well out of SK9 & SK10 over the years.

But how many new pub­lic parks or any other ma­jor al­tru­is­tic ges­tures have there been ben­e­fit­ing res­i­dents in this rush-toriches.

With a few mi­nor ex­cep­tions it’s been find­ers keep­ers.

The cur­rent gov­ern­ment doc­trine al­low­ing de­vel­op­ment on green belt land was a bo­nanza not to be missed.

This was the mother load, a once only op­por­tu­nity to make BIG bucks.

Ini­tially Cheshire East ap­peared to be snooz­ing on the side­lines but the fury of res­i­dents shook them from their cata­tonic state.

Like a bear stum­bling out of hi­ber­na­tion CEC re­alised what was go­ing on.

It has now sub­mit­ted a Lo­cal Plan, which is cur­rently un­der re­view from the Plan­ning In­spec­tor, in­fu­ri­at­ing a num­ber of de­vel­op­ers who want the ex­am­i­na­tion process sus­pended and the in­spec­tor to pro­vide ‘in­terim con­clu­sions.’

Ap­par­ently, the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the peo­ple are slow­ing down green belt in­va­sion and some de­vel­op­ers be­lieve the in­spec­tor should sim­ply jump to a con­clu­sion more sym­pa­thetic to their own plans.

Now, I’m no gambling man but I’m bet­ting res­i­dents won’t agree.

In fact res­i­dents may be­lieve the coun­cil is ful­fill­ing its duty of rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

So, sadly (for de­vel­op­ers), they are just go­ing to have to wait.

Some of the land they are tar­get­ing has sus­tained wildlife for cen­turies.

A few months’ con­tem­pla­tion won’t ruin any­thing.

Who knows Cheshire East might en­joy such pub­lic ac­claim.

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