Wait goes on for Lo­cal Plan sign-off

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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