Two of the housebuilder’s schemes will go before Cheshire East’s planning committee next week, one with a recommendation to refuse and another set to be approved.
The first is a reserved matters application for 138 homes at Victoria Mills at Macclesfield Road in Holmes Chapel, as shown above, and is recommended for approval. The 10.4-acre industrial site was granted outline permission for 160 homes in 2012, and contains various mills and factory buildings which have been vacant for a number of years.
The housing provision is broken down into four one-bedroom apartments, five two-bedroom houses, 20 two-bedroom houses, 46 three-bedroom houses, and 63 four-bedroom houses. Of the homes, seven are to be affordable which represents a 5% provision.
There have been 16 objections raised to the scheme, which call for better access to the site, and 29 general observations which comment on the principle of the development and its impact on traffic. APD Architects have designed the scheme and Avison Young is advising on planning.
The second is another reserved matters application for 217 homes on land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road in Handforth. Unlike the Holmes Chapel scheme, the application is recommended for refusal due to the placement of affordable housing, the lack of a mixture of housing tenures and a lack of car parking spaces.
It is a 16.6-acre agricultural site which houses 15 Hampton Crescent. Two applications, one for outline planning and the other for the demolition of the building, were approved in August 2018.
There have been 16 letters of objection raised to the scheme, which include comment on the impact on local infrastructure and services, not enough detail provided in regards to access and that it appears “consulting the public is simply a box-ticking exercise because comments go completely ignored” according to one local resident.
APD Architects also designed this scheme with Turley as planner.