The Town Council has responded to the Cheshire East Council consultation on the new Borough Design Guide. The Town Council has objected to Knutsford being classified in the “North Cheshire Fringe” on the grounds that it gives the impression Knutsford is more urban than it is. We have requested that more consideration is given to the varied architecture of Knutsford and have given a range of examples of what the Town Council considers best represent Knutsford.
Our overall comment on the document is that it is essential that all of Knutsford’s heritage and character is recognised in the Design Guide because this is what both planning officers and developers will be referring to in planning decisions and without this Knutsford’s character will be misrepresented and its sense of place will be lost forever. For this reason we argue that the description of Knutsford must be accurate.
You can view the full consultation response here: Consultation Response to Design Guide
The Town Council met at a specially convened meeting on Tuesday 29th March 2016 to agree its response to the consultation on the revisions to the Local Plan Strategy and as part of the consultation response repeated comments made to the Inspector in September 2015 supporting the North Cheshire Growth Village.
The Town Council is determined to maintain the character of Knutsford as a thrivingand picturesque historic market town, and a valuable key service centre for the area. The Town Council also understands the pressures of population growth and the current housing shortage. Therefore, whilst the Town Council would have been happier with the 650 houses allocated in the 2014 submission version of the local plan, it looks at the allocation of 950 contained within the current draft as a proposal “it can live with” and control with the help of a Neighbourhood Plan to maintain the character of the town.
You can view our full consultation response here: Response to CEC Local Plan Consultation
The candidates for the election on May 7th have been announced. Knutsford ward elects three councillors to serve on Cheshire East Council.
The following people have been nominated:
The election will be held on May 7th alongside elections for Knutsford Town Council and the Tatton Parliamentary Constituency. In order to vote in the elections you must make sure you are registered to vote by April 20th. If you haven’t already, you can register quickly and simply by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Members of the public are being asked for their views on plans to turn King Street in Knutsford into a more vibrant public space by upgrading the road and pavements.
A design concept has been drawn up showing how the enhancement works would improve the street while remaining sympathetic with its heritage.
Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “Your views are very important to us. We would like to know what you think of the proposals and to hear your opinions on the materials that could be used. You can let us know by attending one of the public engagement events or visiting the exhibition in Knutsford Library.”
The engagement events will be drop-in sessions where everyone will have the opportunity to view the current design concept, look at the material options and finishes, and speak to the project team. The events will be held at the Curzon Cinema on:
- Wednesday December 3, 4pm to 8pm
- Saturday December 6, 10am to 4pm
For those who are unable to attend the engagement events, the design concept will be on show at an exhibition in Knutsford Library from November 29 to December 13.
Councillor Jones added: “The shops and businesses on King Street are a great asset to Cheshire East and the street merits and deserves enhancement works.
“We want to create a space which will be enjoyed by Knutsford residents while also attracting visitors and enabling businesses in the locality to thrive.
“By better balancing the needs of pedestrians and vehicles, the changes aim to encourage more footfall and more passing trade for businesses.
“I am particularly pleased that local residents have volunteered to use their professional skills to help the council develop these exciting plans.”
It is proposed that the scheme would use high quality materials and create a look which complements the local architectural and historic setting. The changes would improve access for people whose mobility is impaired by making the street easier to use. The improvements seek to retain as much on-street parking as possible.
For more information, visit the Cheshire East Council website.