Thursday, 13 June 2013

OPEN LETTER: Kelsall - golden opportunity

From: Kelsall Residents Action Group.
To: Fiona Edwards, Cheshire West and Chester Council
CC: Mike Jones, Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dear Fiona

The residents of Kelsall would like to thank you whole heartedly and sincerely for your decision to call in the Willington Lane / Rowland Homes application.

We believe that a unique and golden opportunity now presents itself: for us all to take a national lead in the application of the NPPF for the benefit of all in this process.

We would request that in the run up to committee that all parties work together to develop a sustainable scheme acceptable to all.

We have always stated that we are not in any way against the development of this site and would embrace a dialogue with the developer in the spirit of clause 66 of NPPF:

Applicants will be expected to work closely with those directly affected by their proposals to evolve designs that take account of the views of the community. Proposals that can demonstrate this in developing the design of the new development should be looked on more favourably.

This opportunity presents a huge win win for planners, residents and developer as Kelsall expands rapidly.  This is an opportunity to lead the construction Industry away from outdated modes of confrontational planning for very little effort.  A scheme fully supported by the residents would prove much less problematic and present a gold standard going forwards.

We have all now invested far too much to walk away from our stated aim of achieving a suitable and sustainable solution.  Our offer seems to present a wholly practical and cost effective alternative to this already protracted processes.

Best Wishes

Chris Spray

Chair of Kelsall Residents Action Group.

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