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Outline consent was secured in 2016 for the Macclesfield scheme. Credit: planning documents

Jones and Redrow asked for more on Macc housing

Following three hours of discussion, a decision on plans to introduce 216 homes at Chelford Road was deferred by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board.

The meeting did however approve delegated powers to approve 120 homes off Alderley Road in Wilmslow, a site adjacent to the former Royal London headquarters.

Although approval was recommended and outline consent is in place for up to 232 homes at Chelford Road, a site close to Broken Cross in Henbury, the reserved matters application looked far from a foregone conclusion for applicants, Redrow North West and Jones Homes.

Objections had come in from Cheshire Wildlife Trust, Henbury Parish Council and Macclesfield Town Council, along with local MP David Rutley and from 54 local addresses.

At the meeting, Cllr Nick Mannion, in his capacity as a ward councillor, led the calls for deferral, raising concerns over drainage and flooding, education and most significantly on air quality, stating that Broken Cross is currently an air quality management area due to high levels of emissions.

Speaking on behalf of the project, Asteer’s Jon Suckley spelled out the scheme’s benefits and the measures taken to mitigate impact, such as the full quota of affordable housing, a new roundabout, quality open space and a buffer zone.

Regardless, more detail was demanded covering a range of matters. Those specified by chair Cllr Mike Hunter included the imposition of a 30mph speed limit, biodiversity net gain, drainage and flooding and the buffer zone with Hill Top Farm.

Issues were also raised with the Wilmslow housing scheme, for which landowner Royal London is itself the applicant.

The plot concerned sits mostly north and east of the campus site itself, touching Alderley Road close to Whitehall Close and the Coach House.

Allocated for up to 175 houses in the local plan, this consent sought outline permission for up to 120 homes. Story Homes last month secured permission for a 54-home scheme on the other side of Alderley Road.

The application reference numbers are 19/5582M for Chelford Road and 21/3438M for Royal London.

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“Those specified by chair Cllr Mike Hunter included the imposition of a 30mph speed limit, biodiversity net gain, drainage and flooding and the buffer zone with Hill Top Farm”

The low intelligence of Cheshire East councillors summed up in a nutshell. Do they not know the speed limit in residential areas is 30mph? Are they unaware that houses are built with drains and sewers? Are they unable to look at a layout an identify a landscaped buffer zone?

By Bob

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