Cheshire East Local Plan.
A six week public consultation has now started on the Cheshire East ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ document. You can read the letter from Adrian Fisher announcing the consultation below. The pre-submission Core Strategy document is the basis for the Local Plan which will define how Cheshire East is to be developed over the next 20 years. We are particularly concerned about the Cheshire East initiated proposals to adopt the White Moss as a Strategic Location and the removal of Education from the MMU site description.
In the next few days, we will post on how to access the documents and comment. We will also post some background which should help with formulating your comments / objections, particularly with respect to the White Moss and the MMU sites.
In the meantime, you can read and comment on the document here
You can download the document from “supporting documents” and then you can read about Alsager from section 15.166 onwards. The Policy Section of the document makes for interesting reading. These are the policies which will need to be applied in all future planning applications. One of the main points being made by ARAG is that Cheshire East is not applying its own policies or the arguments it has developed throughout the recent appeals in its promotion and support of the White Moss location. ARAG will post on these details, which will apply to both this document and the White Moss Planning proposal, in the near future.
Responses to the previous Cheshire East Local Plan Consultations have been limited, we need to be sure that Residents voice their opinions on this important document.
Town Council Meeting.
The Town Council has made the following announcement for planning meetings which will address the White Moss Quarry , Close Lane and Twyfords planning applications. It is important that as many Residents as possible attend these meetings, to hear what the Town Council has to say on these matters and if possible to make your views known in Public Participation.
CHANGES TO PLANNING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Further to the submission of an application at White Moss Quarry, please note the following changes to Planning and Community Services Committee.
Wednesday 13th November at 4pm at Alsager Civic
Instead of Tuesday 11th November
Wednesday 11th December at 4.30pm at Alsager Civic
Instead of Tuesday 10th December
Both meetings need to finish by 7.30pm
NOTE: The re-submission of the Close Lane application and the Sainsbury’s application on Twyfords will be discussed at the meeting on 13th November.
Letter from Adrian Fisher:
Pre-Submission Core Strategy Consultation
Dear Sir or Madam,
Cheshire East Council Local Plan: Pre-Submission Core Strategy Consultation: 5th November to 16th December 2013
As you may know, Cheshire East Council has undertaken significant public consultation, since work began on the preparation of the Local Plan, in the Autumn of 2010. Following the full consideration of all the comments received from public consultations and the information contained within the comprehensive evidence base, that has been gathered to support the development of the Plan, the Council has produced the ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ document. This document sets out where the future housing, employment and other development will take place and provides a clear indication of the vision that Cheshire East Council has for the Borough, in terms of how it will grow and develop, to the year 2030 and beyond.
The ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ document is now undergoing a six week period of consultation, from 5th November to 16th December 2013.
The document is supported by a draft Sustainability Appraisal, Habitats Regulations Assessment and the ‘Non-Preferred Sites’ (a document which sets out the other sites that have been considered for inclusion in the Core Strategy, at previous stages in the process.) These documents are also available for public consultation.
Copies of the consultation documents and a Draft Infrastructure Delivery Plan can be inspected, during the consultation period, on the Cheshire East website www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan and in the Customer Service Points in Crewe and Macclesfield and the Council’s headquarters at Westfields, Sandbach.
These documents (apart from the Sustainability Appraisal and the Habitats Regulations Assessment) are also available for inspection at all of the libraries and the Planning Help Desk, Municipal Buildings, Crewe.
A significant amount of detailed research and evidence has been gathered, to inform the Plan and is now available to view on the Cheshire East web site www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan. This includes background papers on housing and employment; the sites that are proposed for development and an assessment of the existing Green Belt, amongst others. All of this research and evidence has been used to produce the ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ document. When considering the consultation documents, you will find it useful to also look at the research and evidence; this will enable you to make considered and informed comments. The comments form also asks you to set out how, as a result of your comments, you would like the ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ document to be changed (if at all).
If you would like to comment on any of the research and evidence documents that have been produced, please ensure that this is done by relating your comments to a specific Policy in the ‘Pre-Submission Core Strategy’ document.
Cheshire East Council is encouraging as many people as possible to submit their comments online, to save time, paper and money. As you are registered on our database, you have already been assigned a username and password to enable you to comment online. If you are unsure of your username and password please contact us by phone or email and we will provide these for you to save you registering again. We have also produced a “Guide to Making Comments Online” leaflet to assist in submitting your comments.
Please ensure that you submit your comments by Monday 16th December 2013.
Head of Strategic & Economic Planning