Developers see red over wait for green belt planning process
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.