Cheshire housing land supply shortfall sparks need for sites

Published March 4th, 2014

Landowners in Cheshire are being urged to push forward sites for development as the housing market recovers and council planners side in favour of sustainable housing projects.

National planning policy requires Local Planning Authorities to identify and maintain a rolling five-year supply of deliverable land for housing. At present, Cheshire West and Chester Council is lagging behind its target with only 3.26 years supply.

Planning consultant Stuart Thomas of Berrys warns that the Local Development Framework’s Core Strategy target for the provision of new homes is not being met.

He says the time is right for landowners in Cheshire to source and release sites for development.


Landowners should source sites for development

“There is a presumption in favour of sustainable development,” Mr Thomas said.

“Refusals of applications solely on the grounds that they are contrary to Development Plan housing policy by being partly outside of the development boundary would be unlikely to be sustained at appeal,” Mr Thomas said.

“The current lack of housing supply changes the balance of the material considerations in favour of boosting housing supply,” he explained.

“We are already working with clients delivering successful development planning outcomes and we see this requirement for development land in the area continuing.

“This is a unique opportunity for farmers and landowners to maximise property values and we can assist them in selecting the best sites and with our in-house team of specialist planners, surveyors and architectural technicians we can see them through the planning process from start to finish.”

For further details contact Stuart Thomas at Berrys on 01743 267069 or email

Land supply figure according to Cheshire West and Chester Council Local Plan Housing Land Monitor 1 April 2013 – 30 September 2013


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More about Stuart Thomas

Head of Planning & Development
Tel: 01743 267069
Mobile: 07747 474340

Stuart has an MA in Town Planning and Development, an honours degree in Human Geography, is a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is a PRINCE II Project Management Qualified Practitioner. He joined Berrys in May 2013 and became a partner of the firm in April 2014. He is Head of Planning, responsible for the delivery of planning services across all five offices. Prior to joining Berrys, Stuart held a number of senior Council positions including Head of Development Control at North Shropshire District Council and Area Planning Manager at Shropshire Council.

Stuart has 15 years of experience is all aspects of planning. Specific areas of expertise include agricultural and intensive poultry planning, affordable housing, strategic residential, renewable and commercial developments and rural housing. Stuart has also considerable experience in understanding the finer detail of National Planning Policy, Community Infrastructure Levy, S106 negotiations and planning appeals.