Comment on the CW&C core strategy before time runs out!
Just a few days to keep the Green Belt safe!
Cheshire West and Cheshire council are consulting on the future development of the Borough – and two out of the three of the options they’re looking at will mean losing Green Belt land. Your last chance to have your say on which option happens is June 30th.
The council describe these options as “Option 1 - low growth”, “Option 2 - moderate growth”, and “Option 3 - high growth”, meaning numbers of houses to be built and commercial and industrial land to be developed.
But according to Mike Sanderson of CPRE Chester, “These descriptions aren’t really accurate. Even so-called “moderate” growth over the 15 years of the plan would in fact be well in excess of the highest rate of house building the area has ever seen. What they’re actually looking at is moderate, high, and very high rates of growth. No wonder they say they’ll need to eat into the Green Belt!”
“Particularly in the early years of the plan, Option 1 is the only realistic option, that’s a moderate rate of growth compared with past years. If more land is released for housing, developers will just be able to cherry-pick Green Belt and other greenfield sites, leaving derelict and underused sites in Chester and the towns to blight the area, instead of focusing investment and development where it will give most public benefit and least environmental harm.”
“We would urge everyone who cares about the city, towns and countryside of Cheshire West to fill out the simple forms the council provides to let them know where you stand.”
To get more information and to have your say, you can:
- Fill in a short survey online at http://consult.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/portal/cwc_ldf/cwc_cs/cs_dev_options?tab=info
- Email the planning team at email@example.com
- Call the planning team on 01244 973887