The second part of the council’s Local Plan has set out further site allocations including more employment land in Crewe and housing development on Poynton Sports Club.
A public consultation is set to begin on the council’s site allocations and development policies document, which allocates additional sites for development alongside the borough’s Local Plan, which was adopted in 2017 and runs to 2030.
Of the local centres in the report, the largest housing allocation is in Holmes Chapel where sites will support the delivery of 880 homes. Haslington has the second-largest at 480, followed by Bollington with 390; Shavington with 365; Alderley Edge with 250; and Disley and Audlem with 245 apiece.
Other towns and villages to have land allocated for housing include Chelford, where land for 220 homes is to be allocated; Prestbury with 115; and Mobberley with 60.
In addition to the Local Plan, three extra sites are also proposed in Middlewich; these will provide a total of 210 homes. Poynton has also received an additional allocation of 80 homes on Poynton Sports Club, while a further 25 acres is to be allocated to allow the sports club to relocate.
Both Mobberley and Goostrey have been given lower housing numbers for specific reasons; in Goostrey, where only 12 homes are to be built, numbers have been kept low due to the village’s location in one of the most sensitive areas for radio interference from Jodrell Bank, while in Mobberley, aircraft noise from Manchester Airport and its proximity to the airport’s runways limits the amount of homes that can be delivered.
The document also sets out design guidance for new housing development within the borough; according to the plans, new developments will need to “contribute positively to the borough’s quality of place and local identity through appropriate character, appearance and form in terms of scale, height, density, layout, grouping, urban form, siting, good architecture, massing, and materials”.
“Development that fails to take the opportunity to support the quality of place of the local area will be resisted,” added the plan document.
Employment land also features in the document along with housing; again, Holmes Chapel has the largest allocation at 13 acres, while smaller allocations of under two acres are proposed at Shavington, Wrenbury, Disley, and Alderley Edge.
Two additional site allocations are proposed in Crewe to support the development of Bentley Motors’ campus, and land off Gresty Road to support further investment by Morning Foods in its existing site.
A special meeting of Cheshire East’s cabinet is set to sign off a further round of consultation on the draft document next week. This is due to get under way on Monday 19 August, and will run until Sunday 13 October.