4,250 homes for Lo­cal Plan

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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