22nd January 2012 - Update to the latest SMDC Proposal
Cheadle Unite will continue to object to the SMDC housing proposals and attended the new Cheadle North action group meeting at the Cheadle Council Chambers on January 18th. It was very pleasing to see this new Group have great support and they are aiming to collect 1,000 objections to this latest proposal for the North. For more details please look at the North and North East website where they are co-ordinating the current campaign for representations in the North www.northeastcheadle.co.uk
As part of a commitment to Cheadle town and in support of our fellow residents in the North East, Cheadle Unite are asking residents to consider feedback on these new proposals. SMDC clearly state on their website that all prior objections to their proposal will continue to stand and be considered in this latest round. While Areas 6 & 7 (Cheadle East) and 4a (Cheadle South West) are no longer being proposed. There are up to a total of 200 proposed housing allocations on small urban extensions that could be applied to any area identified for expansion in a Site Allocations Development Proposal Plan and not detailed in the Core Strategy (See page 88 of the Strategy).
Cheadle Unite believe that on the issue of 1200 houses being built in Cheadle, Cheadle North can already take strength from nearly 300 representations already submitted to SMDC in 2010 that the vast majority support the view that a near 30% proposed expansion of the town in 15 years is totally disproportionate and not what the town wants needs or is in our interests as a sustainable town.
Cheadle Unite will again submit a further representation, building on our previous objections as we have seen no evidence of any work being done to address the key major points of objection already made for the whole of Cheadle. We continue to object, that Cheadle does not have the jobs to warrant the housing in the first instance and risks becoming more of a commuter town if housing is not put close to where new jobs are going to be created, plus all the road and utility infrastructure is incapable of handling the further capacity. There continues to be a lack of support for a wider strategy incorporating a focus on housing development and the regeneration of the City of Stoke-on-Trent. There is also a lack of vision and information on the potential of the impending Localism Bill, to give the views of our community a more significant voice.
Any wider issues that residents feel they have left out of their 2010 representations that would give valid grounds for an additional representation should do so. Cheadle Unite supporters have rallied to object to these proposals before and I'm sure they will do again before the deadline of February 3rd.
5th January 2012 Update - SMDC Housing Plans for Cheadle
Fellow residents in Cheadle North East have produced an action group and website:
SMDC still plan to continue with very significant housing development, particularly in the North East of Cheadle. SMDC proposals still fail to recognise road congestion issues, poor job prospects, long term environmental sustainabilty and have failed to link in with Stoke-on-Trent Council and identify a true appropriate level of housing provision for rural areas and Green Field sites in the Staffordshire Moorlands and Cheadle that will not divert much needed redevelopment around derelict sites around the Potteries, where the failure of the North Staffs 'Renew' project has left significant numbers of Brownfield sites in dire need of redevelopment.
Members of Cheadle Unite will be meeting with Cheadle North East on the 18th of January to discuss wider issues for Cheadle and will be drawing up an appropriate representation, much of which wlll be based on feedback gathered from residents in January 2010 and which has been reflected in representations to SMDC.
Please follow the above link for details. You can also email Cheadle Unite here