Macclesfield brownfield sites are to be transformed into residential and commercial areas following the approval of a new planning power.
A Local Development Order (LDO) – a type of planning permission for certain closely-defined forms of development – begins today (13 February) and covers two areas in the town.
Cheshire East Council cabinet members approved the order, which will be in place for the next five years, during a meeting on 5 February.
The local authority was previously selected to take part in a pilot project to put the new LDO concept into practice.
This latest decision grants consent for a combination of commercial and residential development in Macclesfield’s North Side and Whalley Hayes areas, provided it meets the terms of the order.
According to the council, the order promotes additional housing near to the town centre and the re-use of brownfield land, and follows an extensive period of preparation and engagement.
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East’s cabinet member for housing, planning and regeneration, says: “This local development order represents an innovative and pro-active use of the council’s planning powers.
“These areas of Macclesfield have been underdeveloped and under-used for many years and this decision means we can bring the area back into use. The use of brownfield sites supports our overall strategy of regenerating Macclesfield by promoting new homes on under-utilised land.”