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Five-year Supply of Housing Land

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Cheshire East Council has welcomed the decision by a planning inspector that the authority can demonstrate a five-year supply of housing land.

The judgement came after a two-day planning appeal hearing in which Gladman Developments claimed the council could only show a supply of 4.6 years — equivalent to a shortfall of more than a thousand homes.

All councils must be able to demonstrate that they have a five-year rolling supply of housing land in their area in order to help meet local and national need.

However, in this case — a proposal for a development of 41 homes on a green field site on the outskirts of Wrenbury — the inspector concluded that 'there is a supply which exceeds the five-year requirement' amounting to five years and three months.

Councillor Ainsley Arnold, cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, said: "I am delighted that this appeal confirms the council's long-held view that the requisite five-year supply of housing is in place.

"With our Local Plan adopted less than a year ago and housing allocations totalling almost 1,000 hectares, I was always confident that the council had made adequate provision for the homes local people need.

"It is also gratifying that this decision backs the council's efforts to protect the character of the Cheshire countryside and landscape. I hope now, with this important decision under our belts, we can now concentrate on ensuring homes are built in a timely fashion and to the best possible quality."

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