Unfortunately, we lost the Dunnocksfold Road appeal.
The Inspector at the appeal said:
“the Council has not demonstrated a five year supply of deliverable housing sites in the borough” and “the position of the council as to whether it has an identified supply of housing land, has swung backwards and forwards throughout the appeal process.”
We understand that Cheshire East is currently considering whether or not to appeal the decision.
Michael Jones is reported in the Local Paper as being “broken hearted ” over the decision. Hopefully Michael Jones’ feelings on the matter and the potential impact on Alsager residents will be sufficient motivation for Cheshire East to fight for Alsager.
The cost to ratepayers of all of these the appeals is ridiculous of course. It has been brought about because of Cheshire East’s inability to deliver an accepted Local Plan and the Government’s policy (National Planning Policy Framework. – NPPF ) which insists that in the absence of a Local Plan there must be a presumption in favour of development. In other words, development becomes planning proposal / developer led as opposed to planned.