Wait goes on for Local Plan sign-off
SIGNING off the overdue Local Plan is in the hands of the government inspector, new council leader Rachel Bailey has revealed.
Coun Bailey has been in charge of a taskforce working on the council’s housing plan after the planning inspector found ‘serious failings’ and asked the council to add more homes.
But the previous plan expired in 2011 and the delay in signing off a new plan has concerned residents as it leaves the borough open to speculative planning applications.
Coun Bailey said: “The plan was suspended after the 2014 submission and I’m delighted at the speed of our progress since.
“I’m looking forward to the Local Plan being accepted but we’re in the inspector’s hands.
“It can only be signed off when he resumes the examination and is happy.”
The plan has sparked a campaign because it earmarks 250 acres of green belt in south west Macclesfield for development after 2030 - known as safeguarded land.
Coun Bailey said: “Safeguarded land is required as part of the Local Plan.
“We’re not saying it will all be built on.
“I want Macclesfield to know the efforts made to ensure that brownfield is developed first.”