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Blueprint will determine future vision for Macclesfield

The deadline is fast approaching for residents who want to have a say on the future of Macclesfield.

The deadline is fast approaching for residents who want to have a say on the future of Macclesfield.

Jobs, housing and transport are under the spotlight as part of the Local Plan Consultation, which runs until October 1.

This document will decide the infrastructure of Macclesfield for your children and grandchildren.

It will determine where future housing, jobs, roads, schools, leisure facilities, parks, green spaces, roads and much more will be developed.

Macclesfield people have already taken part in a Place Shaping Consultation which has now helped to shape the draft Macclesfield Town Strategy Consultation.

This will then feed into the final Cheshire East Local Plan which lasts until 2030.

The draft strategy for Macclesfield proposes 3,500 new homes and a link road to the south, as well as improved roads to Manchester Airport and the M6, and much more. It also includes suggestions on which areas are of historical value. Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "Many people in the borough have seen controversial site allocation outlines.

"Instead of opposing things, I want to hear people say what they support, what they want to see happen in their communities.

"I want their views so that we can get it right and, in order for that to happen, I genuinely need a robust consultation. The more people who participate, the better our Local Plan will be."

One couple have already made up their mind on the plan.

Dave and Pam Slater of the Larch Vale estate said: "We now live in an area with deteriorating roads, and at numerous times, heavy congestion at the junctions with Westminster Road.

"The idea of another 300-plus houses sharing these roads is lunacy. We also fear losing our precious green belt in the Bollin Valley."

If you have strong feelings too, respond to the Local Plan by logging on to the website cheshireeast.gov.uk/localplan or visit Facebook or Twitter via the website to find out more.

Consultation documents are available at libraries in the six consultation towns – Crewe, Nantwich, Macclesfield, Knutsford, Poynton and Handforth.

 

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