PLANS are under way for villagers to have their say on future housing developments in their community.
Less than a month after the Government unveiled new planning laws that will create more homes and jobs across the country, Malpas Steering Group are driving ahead with a neighbourhood plan that will give residents a voice.
Sue Norwood, chair of the group, which contains residents and councillors, said the plan is a way to ensure all developments reflect local need and have been agreed by local people.
“We need to get the message across to the people of Malpas that we want their views,” she added.
“It’s not just the parish council’s village, it’s everybody’s. We’re developing a legacy inherited by the youngsters and we desperately want to know what they want for the village in 30 years time.
“We don’t have all the answers, so it’s vital as many people as possible get involved with this.”
Sue added: “People are disillusioned with planners and they’ve lost hope - we want to restore that hope.”
In recent weeks, yet more plans for housing developments in Cheshire’s rural villages have been proposed, sparking opposition from residents.
Next week Little Budworth residents will be able to attend a hearing by an independent planning inspector about plans to build a residential development of six detached houses and three terraced cottages near the entrance to the village.
The development, if it goes ahead, would cause obstruction to one of the village’s oldest buildings, Dodd’s House, a grade two listed residential property that was built in 1937 as an Alms House.
Jan Heys, who has lived in Little Budworth for more than 35 years, said the whole village is ‘strongly opposed’ to the plans and have signed numerous petitions in protest.
“The proposal lies in a conservation area which will ruin people’s first impressions of our village,” she said. “We are all totally against it.”
And in Tattenhall, Taylor Wimpey have recently drawn up proposals to build 120 houses on Chester Road.
They claim they will ultimately provide a ‘new front door’ to the village on the approach from Chester Road, as well as aim to create 68 jobs a year during construction, with apprenticeship opportunities.
A neighbourhood plan for Tattenhall is also being put together.