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A referendum will be held on Thursday 15 February 2018 to decide the question “Do you want Cheshire East Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Stapeley and Batherton to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
Local residents will be aware of the history to this decision, but in summary, the Borough Council refused two planning applications submitted by Muller Homes (12/3746N and 12/3747N) for development on land between Audlem Road/Broad Lane and Peter de Stapleigh Way.
This was eventually referred to the then Secretary of State, Eric Pickles who dismissed the appeal on 17 March 2015. Muller Homes challenged that decision in the High Court under what is known as a S.288 appeal.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has now informed the Parish Council that both appeals have been refused.
Matthew Theobald, Chairman of the Parish Council, said “It has been a long, protracted wait, but we are all delighted with the result, and I am sure that this will also be good news for residents. As Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group also, I was heartened to see that the Secretary of State has reached the view that no matter how well-landscaped, a housing development on this land would change the character of the parish for the worse. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local MP, Edward Timpson and the local Ward Councillors, Peter Groves and Andrew Martin and, of course, all the local groups and residents who have supported us in our efforts to fight the appeal.”
Stapeley & District Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for the parishes of Stapeley and Batherton, which together form the administrative area of the Parish Council.
The consultation period for the Draft Plan has been extended and is now from 29 March 2016 until noon on 1 June 2016. The reasons for the extension can be found here.
The Police have asked us to remind residents about a few important safety issues.
We are the local experts when it comes to our neighbourhood. Why let other people decide what happens to where we live and work?