Council mounts legal challenge to planning inspector decision

Council mounts legal challenge to planning inspector decision

Council mounts legal challenge to planning inspector decision

First published in News

CHESHIRE East Council is requesting a judicial review after the Government overturned a planning decision on the basis that the council couldn’t demonstrate a five-year housing supply.

The borough authority refused the Rowland Homes planning application to develop 96 homes on land at Elworth Hall Farm, Sandbach, in February 2013.

But on April 11, a planning inspector upheld an appeal against the decision and said Cheshire East didn’t possess enough houses for future growth under Government targets.

A council spokesman said it had requested ‘top legal counsel’ as to whether the authority had a case to challenge the ‘controversial decision’ and has now decided to press ahead with the legal challenge.

In a statement, Cllr Jones said: “This was a very important planning decision, which was produced in a way which left many members of the public concerned.

“I am pleased to see that we will be asking a judge to review this decision – especially on the issue of our having a five-year supply of housing land.

“I have always promised the people of Sandbach, and of Cheshire East as a whole, that we will do everything we can to defend our greenbelt and green gap spaces – and this is no exception.

“We are committed to protect our countryside from unplanned, unwanted and unsustainable development.”

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