Cheshire East gives green light to 400 houses
Barratt Homes has been granted planning permission for 150 homes at the former site of Henshaw’s Waste Management works in Macclesfield, alongside two other large-scale residential schemes.
The scheme on land to the south west of Moss Lane includes the redevelopment of the Henshaw Waste Management site as well as affordable homes and transport improvements.
The land had previously been earmarked by the council for employment uses.
Lexington Communications handled the campaign in support of the application. Paul Boyfield, managing director, said: “Many elected members want to support new housing but find planning committees difficult due to vociferous NIMBYs who seek to present local opinion as one-way traffic. A visible expression of community support is immensely valuable to councillors who are looking to approve schemes.”
The project was approved at Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board meeting on Wednesday 27 January, which also looked at plans from three other housebuilders.
At Hawthorne Drive in Sandbach, Persimmon Homes was granted planning consent for 144 houses on open countryside.
The council received 48 letters from residents regarding the plans, and objections from Sandbach Town Council, and two petitions signed by 461 people, criticising the size of scheme and impact on neighbours.
Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ plans for the expansion of a previously approved scheme, from 360 houses to 450 houses, at a site off Newcastle Road in Shavington, were given the green light.
The plot is on open countryside, but following the outline approval received in 2014 Cheshire East Council planning officers described the increase in housing as “acceptable on design grounds”.
However, the proposals have received objections by Wybunbury Parish Council and Shavington Parish Council due to the size of the project and an increase in traffic.
At the same meeting, the council refused a planning application from Muller Property Group for 275 homes at Sydney Road, Crewe, as the plot is on open countryside designated as in the green gap.
A report ahead of the meeting said that “the adverse effects outweigh the benefits”.