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Cheshire East Council is expected to make a decision next month on a 263-home estate in Crewe which is being lived in but doesn’t have planning permission, writes Belinda Ryan.

The recently built Coppenhall Place, on the site of the former Crewe Works off West Street, was granted planning permission in 2018.

As revealed by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, that permission was lost last year because developer Countryside Partnerships failed to deal with a condition relating to contaminated land.

At the end of March, Cheshire East’s strategic planning board deferred the application from Countryside to regularise the development.

It was deferred for a peer review regarding the contaminated land issue and for an open book viability financial assessment to see whether it was appropriate to ask the developer for further contributions.

This week, more than five months after the application was deferred, the council has told the Local Democracy Reporting Service it expects to deal with the application next month.

A spokesperson for Cheshire East Council said: “Over the last few months, council officers have continued to work closely with the developers of Coppenhall Place to ensure that each reason for the application being deferred is addressed, and so that strategic planning board members have all the necessary information once the application is presented back to them.

“It is currently expected that the application will be presented back to the strategic planning board in September.”

Cheshire East Council and the developer were recently slated in the House of Commons over the “disgraceful situation” with the leader of the House, Penny Mordaunt MP, wondering “how, in God’s name, it could have happened”.

She said in May: “How on earth does a local authority enable and watch homes being built, in the full knowledge that they have not been through the systems in its planning department?

“This is a disgraceful situation, and the developer and the local authority need to step up and deliver on their moral obligations to the individuals who bought those homes in good faith.”

The next meeting of the council’s strategic planning board is due to take place on September 20.

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  1. I wonder is palms were crossed with silver, for the building inspector to ignore what was going on! This is terrible, and the people who have put down money to buy them, and wanted to grow fruit and vegetables, now cannot, as they will be unsafe to eat. What a total mess of a situation.

  2. Kevin Wood says:

    A lot of the labour councilors for Crewe actually live in Nantwich.

  3. Dismiss the entire CEC, start again with decent representation for Crewe.

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