4,250 homes for Local Plan
COUNCIL chiefs want another 750 homes built in Macclesfield as part of a ‘radically’ revised Local Plan.
It means 4,250 homes could be built in the town by 2030.
Cheshire East Council has been drawing up its Local Plan, which guides where homes and infrastructure will be built over the next 15 years.
But the draft plan was found to have ‘serious failings’ by inspector Stephen Pratt.
The latest draft – based on new expert housing and employment reports – predicts 31,410 new jobs will be created by 2030, meaning there will need to be 36,000 new homes – 7,000 more than first identified.
The number of homes needed in Poynton has trebled to 650, while in rural areas, including Alderley Park, the number has shot up by 950 to 2,950 homes.
In a report by Caroline Simpson, director of Economic Growth and Prosperity, set to go to the cabinet next Tuesday, the council insists: “the suggested revisions do not involve any change to the overall Local Plan Strategy and therefore, fundamentally, it is the same Local Plan supported by an updated evidence base”.
However, Peter Yates, former planning chief at Macclesfield council, claims the changes are radically different to the original plans.
He said: “The council is trying to say that these changes are minor and it doesn’t involve a new plan.
“I suspect the planning inspector will consider it a new plan because the basis of it is completely different.
“The jobs forecast has gone from 13,000 to 31,000 which will make Cheshire East a major centre for new jobs and cause concern to neighbouring authorities.
“As a result the number of houses needed has gone up to 36,000 – a huge change.
“The council is proposing 750 more homes in Macclesfield but has not revealed where they will go.”