Plan goes to full coun­cil

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

THE LAT­EST draft of a homes plan which threat­ens Mac­cles­field green belt is due to go out to con­sul­ta­tion this week.

Coun­cil­lors from Cheshire East’s Cab­i­net met yes­ter­day (Tues­day) to dis­cuss the re­vised Lo­cal Plan which states where homes will be built un­til 2030 and be­yond. They rec­om­mended that full Coun­cil ap­proves the draft at a meet­ing on Fri­day, 10am at Crewe Alexandra Foot­ball Club for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

It’s been a long time com­ing af­ter the pre­vi­ous plan ex­pired in 2011.

It was de­layed af­ter a govern­ment plan­ning in­spec­tor stated the pan had ‘se­ri­ous fail­ings’ and needed more homes.

There are new green belt sites around Mac­cles­field ear­marked for im­me­di­ate de­vel­op­ment and a large swathe in south west Mac­cles­field for de­vel­op­ment af­ter 2030 - to the alarm of the Save Mac­cles­field Green Belt group urges res­i­dents to ob­ject.

At a spe­cial meet­ing of the Strate­gic Plan­ning Board this week coun Rachel Bai­ley, in charge of the Lo­cal Plan, said: “We’re con­sid­er­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion to full coun­cil to go out for con­sul­ta­tion. This is not a done deal and there is an op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to com­ment.”

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