Views sought on al­tered Lo­cal Plan

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - KAREN BRIT­TON

APLAN which has been years in the mak­ing and ear­marks swathes of green belt for de­vel­op­ment has gone out to con­sul­ta­tion – again.

The Lo­cal Plan has un­der­gone var­i­ous stages of con­sul­ta­tion as Cheshire East aims to come up with a ver­sion which the gov­ern­ment plan­ning in­spec­tor will ap­prove.

It sub­mit­ted the plan – which guides where homes will be built un­til 2030 and be­yond – to the Sec­re­tary of State two years ago but the plan- ning in­spec­tor found ‘se­ri­ous fail­ings’ and or­dered the coun­cil to find land for more homes.

Now the coun­cil has started a six-week con­sul­ta­tion un­til April 19 on the lat­est draft of the plan with ex­tra de­vel­op­ment sites.

It in­cludes an in­creased 4,250 homes for Macclesfield, with an ex­tra large area of green belt in south west Macclesfield for de­vel­op­ment af­ter 2030 – known as ‘safe­guarded land’.

New sites also in­clude pro­vi­sion for 200 homes south of Chelford Road, an ex­tra 150 homes at Gaw End Lane and 150 homes be­tween Chelford Road and Whirley Road.

There will be a link road con­nect­ing Chelford Road and Con­gle­ton Road. Sites car­ried over from the pre­vi­ous draft of the plan in­cluded 250 homes on the King’s School site at Fence Av­enue, 150 homes at Gaw End Lane in Lyme Green and 300 homes off Con­gle­ton Road

Cam­paign­ers from the Save Macclesfield Green Belt group have sprung into ac­tion to try and pro­tect the land.

Tim White­ley, from Save Macclesfield Green Belt, said: “Peo­ple need to read and un­der­stand what is go­ing on and how it will af­fect them.

“It’s con­tin­u­ous de­vel­op­ment by house builders on land that re­ally be­longs to the peo­ple, as the coun­cils owns a ma­jor chunk of it.

“The ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents in the pre­vi­ous con­sul­ta­tion said they didn’t want to lose the green belt around the south west of Macclesfield or a new link road – which is back in the plan now.”

Coun Ains­ley Arnold, who is now over­see­ing the Lo­cal Plan for Cheshire East coun­cil, said: “There have been more than 40,000 re­sponses on the draft plan.

“This has been an un­prece­dented amount of in­ter­est and I hope this ad­di­tional con­sul­ta­tion will al­low ev­ery­one to have their say.”

To regis­ter your views on the con­sul­ta­tion, visit lo­calplan, com­plete a form at the li­brary or cus­tomer ser­vices at Macclesfield Town Hall.

●● Land at Fence Av­enue, Macclesfield, ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment in the Lo­cal Plan

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