Interim planning statement on affordable housing

Consultation PortalThis Interim Planning Statement (IPS) sets out the Council’s definition of affordable housing and specific site requirements, as well as providing guidance on development considerations and means of securing their provision.  It also sets out the Council’s requirements for achieving mixed and balanced communities including the housing needs of specific groups.

The statement has been produced within the framework of the three adopted Local Plans for the former District authorities of Crewe and Nantwich, Congleton and Macclesfield, the Council’s Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) and government guidance as expressed in national planning guidance and policy statements.  It is also consistent with the Sustainable Community Strategy.

The production of the Interim Planning Statement has been necessary because of changes to Government guidance since the Local Plans were adopted and sets out how that guidance will be applied pending the production of the Cheshire East Local Development Framework Core Strategy. It also reflects up to date housing need information for the Borough contained in the 2010 Strategic Housing Market Assessment. The IPS also addresses the increasing number of issues surrounding development economics and the viability of providing affordable housing.

The Interim Planning Statement underwent a period of public consultation running from the 8 November 2010 - 20 December 2010 and was adopted at a Council meeting on 24 February 2011. It will be used in the consideration of planning applications following its adoption as a material consideration.

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