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Following AudlemOnline's report on Sunday about another possible major housing development application coming Audlem's way, one concerned resident has written to local MP Antoinette Sandbach asking her to get involved in the issue.

Many housing developments outside the settlement boundary across the country are getting approved largely because local authorities have not completed their Local Plans satisfactorily.

The resident has written to the MP saying:

Dear Ms. Sandbach

I am a constituent of Audlem and am writing with regards to yet another suggested planning proposal that was announced on AudlemOnline this weekend. The plan is being put forward for further housing in the village on a greenfield site.

This is in addition the two recent planning proposals that have been granted approval for a total of 150 houses (70 more than the neighbourhood plan recommends). Audlem as a village is exemplary and crucial to its success is its size, embracing reasonable and sustainable development.

As you will note there has been much consternation regarding the 2 previously passed plans. If serious consideration is given to this new proposed application, where it is clear that developers seek to further exploit a lack of finalised local planning by Cheshire East council, it will be viewed as rubbishing any pretence at local democracy and the Conservative party commitment that planning is 'genuinely plan led, empowering local people to shape their surroundings'. Localism is undermined and green spaces are further destroyed.

My faith in a Conservative party to support rural life and engage and empower communities is being rapidly eroded. I understand that fellow residents I have spoken to whole heartily feel dismayed and let down. I write to you in frustration at feeling powerless (not empowered) and disenfranchised.

I look forward to engaging with you on this matter and seek your support in challenging this proposal for all the reasons above.

AudlemOnline has been provided with the resident's full name and address.

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