Bombshell Decision by a Government Minister

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles has stated that Cheshire East does not have a 5 year supply of housing land.

Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester has called for urgent action following the decision.

He said, 'In the decision letter for a planning appeal in Sandbach, the Secretary of State says he  is of the view 'that the Council has not demonstrated a 5 year supply of deliverable housing sites against even the most favourable assessment of the 5 year housing requirement.' It is essential that Cheshire East (CE) can demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing land plus 20% if it is to successfully fight off the flood of major housing applications that the Borough is experiencing. The political leadership of the Council have been going around for several months stating that CE had a 7 year supply of housing land and telling concerned residents that they had no need to worry about the proposed huge development on their doorstep. This has proved to be incorrect, as I have been stating for a long time. Those that have being giving those false reassurances should now be examining their position.

The Council now needs to inform residents how they intend to fill the gap in the housing land supply. This decision will lead to a review of the Local plan which is out to consultation yet again. This could lead to yet further delay before the Local Plan is ready to present the the Government Inspector. Urgent action is now needed if the Council is to take back control of major planning  applications from the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol.'