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New village plan to protect Cheshire greenbelt

A new village of nearly 2,000 homes could be built to avoid expanding existing villages into Cheshire's greenbelt.

Cheshire East Council said it is trying to protect the land from developers who may "place profit before principles".

The development, called the North Cheshire Growth Village, near Handforth is part of the proposed new Local Plan.

It would mean only 1% of greenbelt land would be at risk of development, the council said.

The planning blueprint, which has been three years in the making following five public consultations with 28,000 responses, sets out proposals for new employment sites, homes and roads as well as new schools and green spaces.

Council leader Michael Jones said: "Rather than increasing the size of villages in the north and south, we are proposing a new village.

"There are some difficult decisions to make but we believe that what we are now proposing will set out a solid blueprint for our future that will protect us from speculative and opportunistic developers, many of whom place profit before principles."

The plan must be considered by full council and approved by the Planning Inspectorate next year.

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