Cheshire East Council voted to adopt its Local Plan at today’s Full Council meeting.
The decision comes after a planning inspector last month gave Cheshire East’s strategic blueprint for shaping development in the borough up to 2030 ‘clean bill of health’.
Approval by a meeting of full council today follows three years of submissions and a total of more than 60,000 comments during 11 separate rounds of consultation undertaken by Cheshire East.
Importantly, the inspector, in his final report to the council, highlights that the plan provides a five-year supply of housing land to meet projected need. This is a key finding that will now support the council’s case against inappropriate or unsustainable housing proposals.
Cheshire East’s Local Plan includes provision for a housing requirement of at least 36,000 new homes and 380 hectares of development land, to reflect a stronger anticipated jobs growth rate of 0.7 per cent per annum.
The inspector endorsed all of the 60-plus strategic sites within the Local Plan including larger scale proposals being led by Engine of the North including the Garden Village at Handforth, South Macclesfield Development Area and Leighton Green.
More information about the Local Plan can be found here.