A number of recent planning applications in the village  have been granted at appeal because Cheshire East did not have a current Local Plan. This made all housing policies and our Neighbourhood Plan ‘out-of-date’. So this is an important step in protecting Bunbury from unwanted development.

Landmark day as Cheshire East Council adopts Local Plan

July 27, 2017

Cllr Rachel Bailey

Cheshire East Council has today sealed the formal adoption of its landmark Local Plan.

The decision comes after a planning inspector last month gave Cheshire East’s strategic blueprint for shaping development in the borough up to 2030 a ‘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 public consultation. This represents ‘an unprecedented level of interest’ in a council consultation process.

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. (my emphasis)

Councillor Rachel Bailey, leader of Cheshire East Council said today: “It has been a long and sometimes difficult journey but we understood the importance of getting this blueprint right – and the adoption of our Local Plan is great news for the people of Cheshire East.

“The Local Plan is the council’s most important tool for shaping development in Cheshire East to 2030 – so today is a landmark for this authority, local businesses and our residents.”

We could speculate on what the outcome for the two recent appeal cases (Wulvern & land off Oak Gardens) would have been if this had happened a few weeks ago! But I will simple say that it is good that now the Bunbury Neighbourhood Plan can no-longer be declared ‘out of date’ and largely ignored by developers and the Inspectorate.