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News  »  Town Council Responds to Cheshire East Local Plan Pre-Submission Core Strategy Document



   Town Council Responds to Cheshire East Local Plan Pre-Submission Core Strategy Document    November 21, 2013

Following its meeting on 18th November, Wilmlsow Town Council submitted the following response to Cheshire East Council:

Wilmslow Town Council believes that the site adjacent to Adlington Road, and safeguarded for development for the duration of the latest Macclesfield Local Plan, should be retained as open space until at least 2025 in that the land is not required in the short term to satisfy the housing requirements for Wilmslow. Wilmslow Town Council believes that a brownfield first policy should be actively pursued and that this would satisfy total housing needs during much of the period of the proposed Local Plan.

The latest version of the Core Strategy highlights an area in Wilmslow sandwiched between the A34 and the main railway line. Wilmslow Town Council during its construction of the Wilmslow Town Strategy, which helped in the formation of the current document, identified land to the rear of the Royal London site as the most appropriate area for employment development. Wilmslow Town Council has always, and continues to believe that any development on the Royal London site should be solely for employment use and not for mixed use as highlighted in the latest version of the Core Strategy.

Wilmslow Town Council believes that the Royal London site provides sufficient employment use land, resulting in there being no need to consider the Green Belt site between the A34 and the Railway line which would increase the ribbon style development along the A34 corridor.

Wilmslow Town Council challenges the need for safeguarded sites in the plan and the extent of the safeguarded sites identified in the latest version of the plan which it considers to be excessive. The consultation process in establishing this provision of safeguarded land has been inadequate to satisfy local opinion.

To summarise:

  • Adlington Road site should be developed only after 2025
  • The Royal London site should be for employment use only
  • The Green Belt land adjacent to A34/ Railway should be removed from the plan as a development site
  • The need to safeguarded land is challenged
  • The extent of land safeguarded is excessive in terms of size and location
  • The consultation process for identifying safeguarded sites has been inadequate.

 

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