Local plans make a real difference to communities; they are statutory for a reason.

They help lay out the framework for the needs of an area, and a roadmap for what positive, constructive development will look like for residents.

There is also a significant role for local plans to play for our local environment, by clearly designating the land that is suitable for housing development, and that which should be protected.

Without them, we risk green spaces being put at risk by developers with no interest of listening to and working with communities to build in accordance with local needs.

We have had consistent delays across our community and wider region when it comes to delivering long-term certainty in planning and development.

The scrapping of the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework was as a clear example of where short-term politics gets in the way of delivering for residents.

Now, we have seen Stockport Council come up with their alternative local plan, but this is only at the consultation stage and still leaves residents with significant uncertainty about the future impact of development.

That lack of certainty has led to developers winning appeals against council ruling, which denigrates the voice of residents in local decision-making, and has a real impact on the public purse.

Should we see this continue to happen, then some of our most valuable local green assets could be put at risk.

Places like Reddish Vale Country Park are a vital asset for our community to enjoy, but even those places that are central to our area could be put under threat without certainty over planning.

I hope that the latest local plan being put out to consultation by the Council provides sustainable solutions to the housing crisis, as well as the long-term certainty people across Reddish and the Heatons need.

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