A Freedom of Information Request to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has revealed that Crewe and Nantwich Conservative MP Kieran Mullan made NO representations to the Government department between his election in December 2019 and a controversial decision by Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP to grant permission to Muller Developments to begin work on Phase One of their ‘Nantwich South’ development.
Secretary of State Robert Jenrick MP granted planning permission for the first phase of the 1,000 home scheme on land between Peter de Stapeleigh Way, Audlem Road and the A51 London Road in July 2020, bringing an end to an eight year campaign by the Council, former MPs Laura Smith and Edward Timpson and residents against the development.
Cheshire East Council have subsequently criticised the decision but made clear they did not have legal grounds to appeal. Kieran Mullan MP has urged the council to appeal, but these documents reveal that the MP never made representations to the Secretary of State in the 8 months between his election and the decision being taken.
Crewe and Nantwich Labour Party Chair Connor Naismith said “The decision by the Secretary of State to overrule residents and local decision makers in favour of a private developer is disappointing but at this point unsurprising. The Government’s Planning White Paper will likely bring with it a raft of speculative housing applications by big private developers our communities neither want nor need. If these documents are accurate, they reveal that we cannot rely on our MP to speak up for residents when it matters because he thinks their votes can be taken for granted.”