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East Cheshire Council to seek judicial review to stop Sandbach homes plans

East Cheshire Council intends to challenge a planning inspector's decision to allow plans for a 94-home development at Elworth Hall Farm in Sandbach.

In February 2013 the Council refused permission for developer Rowland Homes to build at the site. Following an appeal by the developer, a planning inspector granted permission for the proposals in April this year after finding that the Council was unable to demonstrate a fiveyear housing land supply in accordance with the National Planning Policy Framework.

The Council said it has since received legal advice that it has scope to request a judicial review of the planning inspector's decision.

“I have always promised the people of Sandbach, and of Cheshire East as a whole, that we will do everything we can to defend our greenbelt and green gap spaces and this is no exception" said Council leader Michael Jones in a statement.

"We are committed to protect our countryside from unplanned, unwanted and unsustainable development".

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