Views are sought for town plan
POYNTON Town Council wants your help to shape a vision for the town over the next 15 years.
It has launched a consultation process for its Neighbourhood Plan. This feeds into Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan, the strategy for housing and employment until 2030.
Housing is a key concern for Poynton, because the Local Plan claims the town needs to build 650 new homes and proposes changes to the green belt boundary to achieve it.
Three sites being considered include: Sprinks Farm off Dickens Lane; Hazelbadge Road; and to the south of Chester Road bordering the Bird estate.
The Neighbourhood Plan identifies space for up to 348 new homes including: up to 70 homes on the former Vernon Infant School; 40 homes on Glastonbury Triangle and 88 on Poynton Sports Club. It also highlights green belt at the junction of Glastonbury Drive and London Road North as a potential site for new housing.
Other policies identified in the plan include: extending the town centre area and shared space zone to include Poynton Community Centre and Poynton Green; expanding health facilities; new car parking behind Park Lane shops; and working to ensure all schools are outstanding.
No new employment land has been earmarked in the plan but to boost business policies include providing small, flexible work spaces and high speed broadband.
The big focus for transport is supporting the planned Poynton relief road; expanding the P1 bus service to Stepping Hill Hospital and more roadside parking bays.
The consultation also centres on Sovereign House, the empty office block, and proposes it as a centre for small businesses and start-ups; apartments or hotel.
Malcolm Adam, who is on the neighbourhood plan steering group, said: “This is the first opportunity for people to influence the scale and nature of development in Poynton over the next 20 years. It’s really important that we hear their views.”
The results of the consultation will create a draft plan which will go to Cheshire East Council ahead of a referendum of residents.
To have your say visit www.poyntonnp.org.uk.
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