I am writing to update you on the latest round of Local Plan consultations. As you will be aware, Cheshire East Council has already undertaken a major programme of preparing Town Strategies, to inform the Cheshire East Local Plan.
Town Strategy documents have been finalised for Alsager, Congleton, Middlewich, Sandbach and Wilmslow. Draft Town Strategy documents have been prepared for the towns of Crewe, Macclesfield, Handforth, Knutsford, Nantwich and Poynton. Consultation on these Draft Town Strategies took place from 31st August to 1st October 2012 and a report of consultation was recently considered by Strategic Planning Board and Cabinet. The Town Strategies are being used as part of the evidence base for preparing the Local Plan.
As part of the Local Plan, Cheshire East Council has now produced draft Development Strategy and Emerging Policy Principles documents. Public consultation will take place on these documents between 15th January and 26th February 2013.
The consultation documents will be made available on Cheshire East Council’s web site www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan in time for the Christmas break next week. This will enable you to have a preview of those documents, in advance of the formal start of the consultation, on 15 January 2013. I am sure that many of you will appreciate having advance notice of this consultation, so that you can start considering your formal consultation responses.
A further e-mail will be circulated in the New Year to ask you about your preference in terms of receiving copies of the documents, either via e-mail, provided to you on a CD, hard copy collected at specified locations or hard copy posted out to you.
Cllr David Brown – Strategic Communities Portfolio Holder and Deputy Leader of the Council