Chester seeks planner to drive local plan work

Written by: Jez Abbott
Published on: 1 Sep 2014


Cheshire West & Chester Council is recruiting a planning officer to help its planning team firm up strategic policies for a local plan and push forward land allocations. 

Planning policy manager Gill Smith told Planning: “Our local plan was examined in July and we are now making modifications on part one and starting to work on detailed policies for part two.

“Additionally the team is supporting more than 22 local communities preparing their neighbourhood development plans.”

Smith said one of the biggest issues was building on green belt land around Chester, a controversy that had “rumbled on for many years”.

She said: “Because of the historic nature of the city, this has always been a contentious subject. We have a site for 1,300 houses and that has acted as a trigger for developers.”

Cheshire West & Chester Council has plans for 1,100 dwellings a year up until 2030.

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