Final stages of consultation for the Local Plan Strategy

Essential to contribute now even if you have written before. Deadline 25th April

The Local Plan Strategy has been approved by the Council and is now undergoing a formal consultation period before review by a planning inspector.

Whilst some changes have been made during the earlier consultation periods, the final plan still proposes massive house building on greenfield and greenbelt sites without any requirement to develop town centre brownfield sites first.

Full details and background papers are available at,

Even if you have made a written objection at an earlier stage, it is important to do so again now.  This is because the planning inspector only has a statutory duty to look at representations made during this final consultation period. Representations should focus on the issues of  legal compliance and soundness. For an objection to carry any weight, you need to specify in what respect the Plan is considered unsound and what would be needed to make it sound.
The grounds for considering a Plan sound are that it is:


•       Justified (founded on a proportionate evidence base and the most appropriate strategy when considered against the reasonable alternatives);

•       Effective (deliverable and based on effective joint working on cross-boundary strategic priorities);

•       Consistent with national policy (predominantly set out in the National Planning Policy Framework); and

•       Positively prepared (the plan should be based on a strategy that seeks to meet objectively assessed development and infrastructure requirements).

All forms must be completed online or received by the Spatial Planning Team at Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ by 5pm on 25th April 2014.



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