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Local plan blueprint outlines 6,500 Crewe houses
A BLUEPRINT for the Local Plan shows Crewe shouldering the greatest number of the 28,550 houses to be built across the borough by 2030.
Cheshire East Council plan to avoid expanding towns around Crewe and south Cheshire by creating a new village near Handforth as part of the Local Plan.
But the town will be still expected to accommodate 6,850 homes – nearly double that of the second highest concentration in Macclesfield.
The planning blueprint, which has been three years in the making following five public consultations, sets out proposals for new employment sites, homes, road infrastructure projects, as well as new schools and green spaces.
Less than 1 per cent of green belt is used as development plans across the borough.
Leader of Cheshire East Council, clr Michael Jones, said: “We’ve listened and we’ve acted. The proposed selection of sites will support not just the Council’s vision for sustainable growth, but most importantly the people’s vision too.
“Rather than increasing the size of villages in the north and south, we are proposing a new village called the North Cheshire Growth Village in Handforth East.
“There are some difficult decisions to make but we believe that what we are now proposing will set out a solid blueprint for our future that will protect us from speculative and opportunistic developers, many of whom place profit before principles.”
The Local Plan is a legal document, the process of which must prove to be highly robust if the Planning Inspectorate is to approve it when it is submitted at the end of the year.
Clr Jones added: “A sound Local Plan is our best defence against unwanted development and this should not be rushed.
“It is a highly legal process and there must be no doubt that the public are fully engaged and are able to make the necessary representations to influence the process.
“I am proud to say that the consultation responses – more than 28,000 of them – have indeed helped this council shape the Local Plan to this stage.”
The proposed Core Strategy sites of the Local Plan will now go to the council’s Strategic Planning Board on September 26 for comment and consideration.
The Board will also be asked if they consider further public consultation is necessary.
The final Core Strategy Local Plan will then be completed and presented to a future meeting of full council. To receive email alerts on the next stages of the Local Plan go to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan.
To have your say on the next stage of the Local Plan visit: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan As part of the Local Plan vision, £1billion will be invested into the borough’s road infrastructure.
In Crewe, road projects include the Basford West spine road, due march 2015, M6 Juntion 16 improvements, due March 2015, the Crewe Green Link Road, due Autumn 2015, as well as road improvements included in a proposed revamped Crewe Rail Exchange, due April 2014.
Elsewhere, work will be carried out on the A500 Barthomley Link, Crewe Green Roundabout, Flag Lane link road, Northern Growth corridor improvements (A530 – Crewe Green), Earle Street to Vernon Way corridor improvements and the A534 Nantwich Road corridor improvements.
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