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Labour calls for more action by local MPs

Labour Supports Localism in Planning



At the Cheshire East Council on 18 July Conservative councillors voted down a motion calling on Cheshire East MPs to take a more proactive stance in relation to planning matters in Parliament.

Several speakers spoke of the damage being done by speculative planning applications on Greenfield sites.

Concern was expressed that the council will be put into special measures by the government so that planning decisions are taken out of its hands.



Cllr Steve Hogben, Labour Councillor for Crewe South, said,

“Conservative councillors voted the motion down, because they don’t like criticism of local Conservative MPs.  The Labour Party would change the planning rules to give more power to local people. ”


Cllr Roy Cartlidge, Labour Councillor for Crewe St Barnabas, said,

“The planners are doing what the Luftwaffe failed to do and that is to destroy Crewetown centre.”


Cllr Sam Corcoran, Labour Councillor for Sandbach Heath & East, said


“When elephants fight it is the grass that suffers. In this case Conservative-controlled Cheshire East Council is fighting a Conservative-led government and it is the residents and green fields of Cheshire East that are being trampled upon. I don’t deny that Cheshire East Council is spending a lot on fighting planning applications, but it isn’t being very successful – just ask those living by Hind Heath Road in Sandbach or Loachbrook Farm in Congleton. In fact the council has lost 11 out of 17 recent appeals. If the Council is to be effective in defending the countryside from speculative housing applications then it needs to do something different. We should be asking our local MPs to change the planning rules to give a stronger voice to local residents.”

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