Agenda and minutes

Strategic Planning Board
Thursday, 6th December, 2012 10.30 am

Venue: The Capesthorne Room - Town Hall, Macclesfield SK10 1EA. View directions

Contact: Sarah Baxter  Democratic Services Officer

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors P Edwards and Mrs J Jackson.


Councillor D Newton acted as a Substitute for Councillor Mrs J Jackson.


Declarations of Interest/Pre Determination

To provide an opportunity for Members and Officers to declare any disclosable pecuniary and non-pecuniary interests and for Members to declare if they have a pre-determination in respect of any item on the agenda.


(During consideration of the item, Councillor J Wray arrived to the meeting).


In the interest of openness, Councillor J Hammond declared that in relation to the future of the Basford site he had attended briefings with agents, Officers and local Ward Members.


Public Speaking pdf icon PDF 46 KB

A minimum period of 1 hour will be allocated for public speaking and this period may be extended, at the discretion of the Chairman of the Board. Each public speaker will be allowed to speak for a maximum period of 2 minutes. Speakers must register in advance of the meeting by contacting Sarah Baxter –


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The Chairman informed the Board that speakers had been allocated a period of 2 minutes to speak, which he could extend at his own discretion.


In addition, Councillor D Brown gave a short speech outlining the importance of the document to which Members were giving consideration as well as extending his thanks to the public for their attendance at the meeting.


The following people either attended the meeting and spoke in respect of a variety of issues relating to the Cheshire East Local Plan or a statement was read out on their behalf:


Peter Yates

Lilian Burns

Councillor Mrs Smetham

Councillor Fletcher

David Duthie

Derek Bould

Brian Horan

Sylvia Dyke

Councillor L Brown

Councillor Mahon

David Pincombe (Chairman of Handforth Parish Council)

Mark Donlon (Chairperson of Wybunbury Action Group)

Chas Howard (Chairman of Alsager Residents Action Group)

Councillor Silvester

John Coxon

Ben Pycroft

The Keep It Green Campaign, Leighton (Statement read out)

Toni Fox

Nick Light (Chairman of Protect Congleton Civic Society)

Len Griffin (Barthomley Action Group)

Brian Tolver

Martin Langhorn (Statement read out)

Michael Kingsley

Stuart Redgard


Cheshire East Local Plan - Draft Development Strategy & Policy Principles pdf icon PDF 216 KB

To consider the above report.

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The Strategic Planning and Housing Manager submitted a report on the draft Cheshire East Local Plan.


The Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 required local planning authorities to prepare Local Development Frameworks, now known as Local Plans. The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 set out the procedures to be followed in the preparation of such plans. The Development Strategy has been prepared in accordance with Regulation 18. The preparation of the Development Strategy will inform preparation of the formal submission Core Strategy next year. Preparation of the plan has been guided by the National Planning Policy Framework and other related advice. The Localism Act 2011 places on local planning authorities in preparing local plans a duty to co-operate. It was confirmed that whilst the Regional Spatial Strategy remains part of the Development Plan, the housing totals to 2021 need to be in general conformity with the policies of the Regional Spatial Strategy. A detailed explanation of the approach to housing figures was provided.


In the autumn of 2010 the Council published strategic ‘Issues and Options’ which considered different potential approaches to growth and development at a Borough-wide, high level. The Council had invested considerable effort into ‘Place Shaping’ at a level which is meaningful to most people in the Borough, particularly with the production of Town Strategies for each of the largest towns in Cheshire East. These were prepared according to neighbourhood planning principles and followed the award of government funding as a neighbourhood planning ‘front runner’.


The Development Strategy and Policy principles brought together the findings of these strategies, the earlier issues and options and the research and evidence base, to create a coherent plan for the future of the Borough. A copy of the draft Development Strategy and associated documents was also submitted


The report described how the draft Development Strategy and the accompanying Policy Principles document had been produced and highlighted a number of key issues including:-


·           The Context for the Plan

·           Delivering Wider Economic Growth

·           Overall Spatial Strategy

·           Jobs & Employment

·           Transport & Connectivity

·           Housing growth and Five Year Supply of Housing Land

·           Town Centres

·           Green Belt Review

·          Strategic Sites and

·           Policy principles dealing with Enterprise & Growth, Stronger Communities, Sustainable Environment and Connectivity


The presentation provided further detail of the way in which consultation had been approached, the sustainability of the proposed developments, what consideration had been given to reasonable alternatives and how consultation responses had been taken into account. Reasoning in approaching proposals for the settlement hierarchy was also further detailed.


The Board was asked to consider the draft Cheshire East Development Strategy and recommend to Cabinet that it be published for consultation purposes.




1.         That the process of plan making, evidence and  the report of Consultation of the Cheshire East Issues & Options that has informed the current stage of the Local Plan be noted


2.         That the report of Consultation of the Town Strategies (Appendix 2) be noted.


3.         That the Analysis of Consultation of The Town strategies and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 116.