Since our last update in March 2017 the Government Planning Inspector has studied all the submissions to the Consultation on the Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications to the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy (LPS) and declared the LPS with Main Modifications to be sound and legally compliant. As a result, Cheshire East Council, at a full council meeting held on July 27th and in spite of strong objections from Henbury Parish Council and the Henbury Society and many other bodies and individuals, adopted the Local Plan Strategy which now becomes the blueprint for development in the Borough up to 2030.
For the Parish of Henbury this means the following land that lies between us and Macclesfield
- 5 — 6 hectares between Chelford and Whirley Roads (Site CS41)
- About 8 hectares south of Chelford Road (Site CS40)
has been removed from the Green Belt for immediate development.
A further 96 hectares southwest of Macclesfield has been removed from the Green Belt and designated as "safeguarded" land which means it is ready for immediate release for development at the end of the current Plan in 2030.
How Planning on behalf on Frederick Robinson Ltd launched a public consultation on July 18th on a proposal to apply for planning permission for 150 dwellings on Site CS41 Link shortly followed by another on behalf of Jones Homes and Redrow Link for some 200 dwellings on Site CS 40. As far as we know no actual planning applications have yet been made to Cheshire East Council but these must surely be expected soon and are unlikely to be for fewer dwellings than already stated.
What does this mean for Henbury Parish and its Residents?
Here are one or two things we can expect:
- The Green Belt that separates Henbury from Macclesfield has been substantially and irreversibly reduced.
- The population of the parish will increase dramatically. At the 2001 Census there were about 250 dwellings in Henbury. Since then some 30 dwellings have been built, or are planned on local "brownfield" sites, representing a modest increase in the population of the Parish. However around half of the land on Site CS41 lies within the Henbury Parish Boundary, so we are about to see a further increase in Parish population of about 30%.
- The whole CS 40 and 41 development will adversely influence traffic congestion in our parish.
When Planning Applications are submitted there will be opportunities for individuals and bodies such as the Parish Council to comment on or object against if they wish and we will try to flag these up on Henbury Online at the appropriate time.