Council to reach decision on disposal of public open space in Knutsford | Knutsford Times

Council to reach decision on disposal of public open space in Knutsford

By on July 17, 2018

Cheshire East Council is preparing to make its decision on the future of public open space in Knutsford.

Should the disposal proceed, it would facilitate access to a potential development site earmarked for housing, subject to planning.

The two parcels of land at Longridge are public open space and the council has undertaken a statutory process to advertise the proposal.

Part of the land is subject to a covenant restricting the use of the land.

Due consideration will be given to all representations made in response to the advertised intention to dispose of both parcels of land. These have been collated and a full report prepared for consideration by the relevant portfolio holder. In addition, further work has been undertaken in respect of the covenant.

In the event that a housing scheme goes ahead on neighbouring land, any public open space lost as a result of disposal for access to the development site would be replaced within the development site.

Cheshire East Council is undertaking a further period of public engagement to allow local people to comment on the recommended decision outlined in the portfolio holder’s report.

The period for comments will commence on 17 July and will run for 28 days. This will enable the local community to comment on the recommended decision and the council will consider all responses received.

All documents relating to this matter can be found via the council’s website via this link:

Further comments on the proposal can be emailed to the council at:

Alternatively, people can write to the decision maker, Councillor Ainsley Arnold, portfolio holder for housing, planning and regeneration at: Cheshire East Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach CW11 1HZ.

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