Consultation on Local Plan begins
SITES where hundreds of homes could be built in Cheadle have been made available for public scrutiny.
The latest version of the Local Plan for the Staffordshire Moorlands identifies plots of land where housing could be built and has been presented for public consultation.
The plan can be viewed online or at libraries across the Moorlands and people across the area are being urged to give their opinion on the latest plans, which will shape housing and employment over the next 14 years.
The consultation exercise, which opened on Monday 31st July, follows previous consultations in 2015 and 2016.
Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is seeking views on the latest version until Friday 22nd September.
Following on from opinions expressed in previous consultations, residential developments have largely been removed from villages across the Moorlands.
No small villages have sites allocated for housing, although Froghall has one site earmarked as a ‘regeneration opportunity.’
In the larger villages, smaller housing developments are located in Alton, Upper Tean and Werrington.
The move has meant a three per cent increase to housing numbers for Cheadle, which is the smallest of the three towns in the district.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, leader of the council, said: “We want everyone who is interested in the future development of the Staffordshire Moorlands to get involved.
“Your views matter and we do listen to what you have to say – this Preferred Options version of the plan that we are now seeking views on has been amended following comments received during previous consultations.
“Your comments during this consultation will influence the plan that is eventually put forward to the Government so even if you have made comments previously it’s important that you do so again.”
The documents are available online at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/localplan and copies can also be viewed at council one-stop-shops in Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek and at all libraries throughout the district.
A series of drop-in sessions are also planned across the district where people can view maps and talk to council officers about the proposals.
The easiest way to make comments is via the website.
Comments can also be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing a questionnaire and posting it to: Freepost RRLJ-XCTC-JBZK, Regeneration Manager, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek, ST13 6HQ (no stamp required).
Postcards highlighting the consultation and reminding people how to view and comment on the document are being delivered to all Staffordshire Moorlands households and businesses from this week.
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