CHESHIRE EAST NOW HAS 5 YEAR HOUSING LAND SUPPLY
Next Wednesday’s Strategic Planning Board will receive a “Cheshire East Housing Land Supply – Position Statement (31st December 2013)” which is their latest update of the current situation and is in response to the recent Planning Inspectors Decisions – which determined that the previous Housing Land Supply Statement (February 2013) was invalid.
The report states that Cheshire East now has a 5.87 year housing land supply, even when a 5% buffer is applied to allow for under-provision over the last few years. If a 20% buffer is applied, which is argued by most of the developers, Cheshire East still has a 5.14 year housing land supply.
Once the Strategic Planning Board has adopted the recommendation “that the Housing Land Supply – Position Statement (31st December 2013) be given due weight in the determination of planning applications” it will provided much greater protection from the Speculative Development Applications, which we suffer.
We understand that this will also apply to the current applications and appeals, which have yet to be decided, even though they were submitted before next Wednesday’s Strategic Planning Board.
The report also states that the emerging Local Plan Strategy – Submission Version, is due to be presented to the Strategic Planning Board on the 26th February 2014 prior to being considered by the Full Council on the 27th February 2014.
We do not yet know if the White Moss site will be included in this document, so the final Planned housing numbers for Alsager remain a mystery.