Send us news by text, start your message Knutsford News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Knutsford Local Plan launched and council wants to know your thoughts
A BLUEPRINT for the future of Knutsford is to be released this week which includes plans to build more than 1,200 homes on green belt land in the town.
The Knutsford Local Plan has been created by Cheshire East Council with the aim of developing the town over the next 20 years.
It has been based on seven objectives – including economy, town centre development, housing, heritage and environment – and replaces the area plan that was created in 2004 by the former Macclesfield Borough Council authority.
The highlights of the strategy include plans to build between 460 and 1,280 homes on sites on the edge of town including land between Northwich Road and Tabley Road, south of Longridge and on land between Manchester Road and Mereheath Lane.
These sites have been preferred by a stakeholder board of Knutsfordians but the council has included further potential sites of development in the strategy – mainly around the south of the town.
Other highlights of the strategy include the development of the land north and east of Parkgate Trading Estate and the backing of the extentions to the Manchester Metrolink – an idea first mooted in 2010.
The plan also includes ways to sustain the community by holding events and the re-introduction of a information and visitor centre.
But in the draft document the council stressed that the Knutsford Town Plan, created and implemented in 2010, had helped to development the town strategy.
Clr Peter Raynes, who is one of Knutsford’s borough councillors, said the strategy was formed to involve townsfolk in the future plans.
“The key point is that people should not think that is one of those consultations that just need to be rubber stamped,” he said.
“It has put forward suggestions, some of which we know are controversial, to find out what people really think about the future of Knutsford.
“I would urge everyone to respond and to make sure you tell us what you want.”
The consultation will begin on Friday, August 31 and will last until October 1.