At a full Council Meeting on Wed 25 July 2012 Staffordshire Moorlands District Council voted 29 to 15 in favour of submitting the Core Strategy document to the Secretary of State for consideration. The document sets out planning policy for the Staffordshire Moorlands through until year 2026 and has taken years to draft. In a raft of policies, it includes the intention of developing tourism throughout the Churnet Valley and considerable housing development in the towns of Cheadle, Leek and Biddulph and in rural villages. Whiston Action Group, along with many other objectors during the public consultation phase, raised detailed concerns in relation to the legal compliance and soundness of the document.
Opportunities for the public to make representations to the District Council on the Core Strategy document closed on Friday 13 July 2012. Officers have now prepared a report to be received by the Local Development Framework Working Group at 10am on Thursday 19th July 2012.
The District Council is about to decide whether to submit the Core Strategy document to the Planning Inspectorate with or without major changes.
Following comment by the Working Group, officers will present a formal report with recommendations to the main Council Meeting at 6.30pm on Wed 25 July 2012, when it is anticipated the decision will be made.
The results of the public consultation on the Churnet Valley Master Plan Options Report are to be presented in an officer report to the District Council at 7pm on Wednesday 18th April 2012 at Moorlands House, Stockwell Street, Leek. Members of the public may observe from the public gallery.
The officer report summarises the 3695 individual comments made by the 226 respondents to the five options for tourism development in the Churnet Valley identified by the council. The officer report is viewable on the district council’s website via the following link:
Support for the five development options was as follows:-
Refusal to select any of the District Council options 26%
Option A Minimal Development 44%
Option B Dispersed Development 6%
Option C Northern Focus 12%
Option D Froghall Focus 7%
Option E Southern Focus 5%
The next step is for the officers to write a draft Churnet Valley Master Plan that will need to conform to the council’s Core Strategy (yet to be finalised) and the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The meeting at 7pm on Wed 18 July 2012 at Leek presents an opportunity for you to listen to how the council receives the officer report.