Have Your Say On Local Housing Plan

Macclesfield MP David Rutley is encouraging local residents to have their say on plans for major new housing developments in Macclesfield and Cheshire East.

The draft new Local Plan produced by Cheshire East Council sets out where houses could be built in Macclesfield and surrounding areas up to 2030.  Cheshire East Council has earmarked four sites in Macclesfield for new-build housing.  The proposed sites are: in the town centre, the current Kings School site on Fence Avenue, the South Macclesfield Development Area and land between Congleton Road and Chelford Road in south west Macclesfield.  Between them, the sites could support the building of 3,500 new homes by 2030. 

Establishing Local Plans across Cheshire East is an important priority for the Council, as the Plans are needed to stop unwanted speculative housing developments in our area.  The representations of local residents are essential in helping to shape the Local Plan for Macclesfield.  Local residents will have the opportunity to have their say on the plans in the consultation process which closes on 26th February.

David believes that brown field sites are a clear priority and he is urging local landlords and landowners to come forward with additional proposals.  This will help take the pressure off options being considered in and around the Green Belt.

The local MP also recognises the concerns of local residents about the proposed development in south west Macclesfield.  He has raised these concerns with Cheshire East Council, highlighting the impact on traffic flows that a development of this size would bring and has asked the Council to set out more detailed infrastructure plans.  He will be attending a meeting with local residents concerned about proposed plans for south west Macclesfield on Friday 8th February at 7pm, which has been organised by Gawsworth Parish Council.  It will be held at The Scout Hut, next to the Parish Hall, Church Lane, Gawsworth.

David said, “I welcome Cheshire East Council’s work to take a long-term view of housing in Macclesfield and Cheshire East.  However, it is important that the Council looks very carefully at the impact of the proposed developments on the town as a whole.  I will be raising resident’s concerns with Cheshire East Council about the scale and density of new housing, as well as impacts on traffic flows and infrastructure, including schools and healthcare.  I would encourage all local residents to review the plans and contribute to the consultation on this important development, which will have a lasting impact for generations to come.”

For more information about the Local Plan, please visit www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan