Alderley Edge Residents Vote in Favour of Neighbourhood Plan
The residents of Alderley Edge have voted to implement their neighbourhood plan. The plan was put to referendum on 6th May 2021 with 1163 residents voting ‘yes’ to Cheshire East Council using the Neighbourhood Plan for Alderley Edge to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
34% of the Alderley Edge electorate turned out to vote and almost 91% of those who voted, were in favour of the Plan.
The Plan will now be part of the statutory development plan, used in local planning decisions.
What's the purpose of the plan?
The Plan will be used by Cheshire East Council (CEC) to decide whether or not to approve future planning applications in Alderley Edge. Driven and developed by the residents, it is the only way in which the community can have a say in the future of our village.
The Plan has legal force, unlike the older Parish Plan and planners must take it into account. It will be used until 2030.
However, it cannot dictate the target for the number of new houses to be built, or take land out of Green Belt for development, the CEC Local Plan does this.
Alderley Edge is a prosperous community that is attractive to developers, but we cannot assume that their interests will automatically be the same as those of the community. If they aren’t, then creating a Neighbourhood Plan gives us the chance to have real influence over planning decisions and other matters such as:
The design, size and location of new housing
Walking & cycling
Green spaces such as the park
Community facilities like the Medical Centre and Library
To promote the evolution and growth of Alderley Edge, whilst preserving our unique village culture, identity and character and protecting the quality of life and well-being of the residents, employers, employees and other stakeholders.