Local Plan Examination Suspended

Local Plan Hearings Suspended.

Hearing sessions into the Cheshire East draft local plan,  which were due to take place during the weeks of 7th, 21st and 28th October, have been deferred by the Inspector, Stephen Pratt.

Completion of the inquiry is likely to be delayed until the end of the year.

The deferred sessions would have discussed matters which relate to sites and strategic locations.

The adjournment follows a legal submission to the inquiry last week, submitted by developers Jones Homes, Redrow Homes, Royal London Asset Management and landowner the Tatton Estate.

The document expressed “serious and substantial” concerns over the process of plan preparation and called for the examination to be suspended.

These concerns relate to the duty to co-operate on green belt, housing and highway infrastructure issues; the omission of an alternative in the Strategic Environmental Assessment, which would deliver over 1600 houses per annum, and employment growth rates.

According to the council, the planning inspector called the adjournment so that a large volume of submissions from developers could be considered.

A spokesperson for Cheshire east Council said: “Cheshire East is happy to support an adjournment in the examination hearings to allow the inspector to review the extensive number and volume of hearing statements concerning Matter 14 (strategic sites and strategic locations), which have been submitted.”

 The Inspector raised concerns over the adequacy and methodology of the housing needs assessment contained in the draft local plan in July of this year.

You can read more about the Local Plan adjournment here and here.