Cheshire East Council has announced this week that it will be revisiting it’s housing target, and aim to build 36,000 homes by 2030, to meet demand.
They have added an extra 7,000 homes to the original target of 29,000, after an assessment found “serious shortcomings” in the amount of homes planned for development.
The most likely areas for the extra development have been identified as being Knutsford, Wilmslow and Poynton, due to the borough’s economy looking likely to grow quicker than originally forecasted.
Council leader Michael Jones says,
“Unless we want to see our roads clogged by a huge increase in commuter journeys into the area, we need to provide more housing locally to accommodate the likely increase in the number of people working in the borough.”
The council’s findings will be submitted to a government inspector in July, who will also be asking for the views of both residents and developers.
Whatever the outcome, it sounds like exciting times ahead for the Cheshire East area!
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