Cheshire East local plan examination adjourned

An inquiry into a Cheshire council's local plan faces delay after an inspector adjourned his examination into the document.

Cheshire East: local plan examination delay
Cheshire East: local plan examination delay

Inspector Stephen J Pratt announced on Friday that he intends to defer hearing sessions into the Cheshire East draft local plan which were due to take place during the weeks of 7, 21 and 28 October.

The delay means that completion of inquiry is likely to be delayed until the end of the year.

The sessions would have discussed matters which relate to sites and strategic locations.

The adjournment follows a legal submission to the inquiry last week, submitted by developers Jones Homes, Redrow Homes, Royal London Asset Management and landowner the Tatton Estate.

The document expressed "serious and substantial" concerns over the process of plan preparation and called for the examination to be suspended.

According to the council, the planning inspector called the adjournment so that a large volume of submissions from developers could be considered.

A spokesperson for Cheshire east Council said: "Cheshire East is happy to support an adjournment in the examination hearings to allow the inspector to review the extensive number and volume of hearing statements concerning Matter 14 (strategic sites and strategic locations), which have been submitted."

In July, Pratt raised concerns over the adequacy and methodology of the housing needs assessment contained in the draft local plan.

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