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Cheshire East allocates more sites for development

Charlie Schouten

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.

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No more development in the Holmes chapel area!! There’s no extra infrastructure as it is, and the place is getting decimated. Concreting over this once rural place is beyond sanity!!!!

By Kathryn Johnson

So tiny, once lovely, Chelford with its 4 shops (2 farm supplies, 1 florist and 1 butchers), over subscribed primary school and doctors surgery is to get 220 more households to add to the circa 250 which have just been built by Jones and David Wilson (all of which look like overpriced cardboard cut outs with zero character or consideration for quality of living). Will these developers also have to prove their commitment to sustainable development with token box ticking gestures of affordable housing, retail (which somehow never materialises) and a farcical children’s playground facility (which any savvy 2 year old laughs at). Are you trying to replicate the damage done to Holmes Chapel everywhere else in the county? Hypocritical that you can’t build in Goostrey due to the ‘radio interference’ to Jodrell Bank yet the facility themselves can profit from hundreds of thousands of people rocking up for a three day festival, the music from which can be heard rattling inside homes over 6 miles away until late at night.

By MAJOR GRUMP

You have ruined holmes chapel already with all new developments and are building a massive estate on the way to brereton which is boarding holmes chapel and know plan to add 880 houses

By Daniel moffa

Well said Major Grump. In addition, when air pollution is a top worry for our local authorities, just what impact do they think all of this building is going to have on our air quality.

By A Cynical.

All these houses you are building and hardly any infrastructure in to cope with the extra people that will require the NHS, schools etc. More cars on the road and no new roads put in to cope. There does not appear to be any planning put in place at all only that you are allowing more houses to be built and most of them are not affordable!

By G Whalley

70 million people on this tiny island. Who are these houses for?

By Dave

Dave – houses are no longer 50p to buy like when you were a young adult. They’re super expensive nowadays, but people still need a roof over their head. Hence the need for more homes.

By Anonymous

Totally agree re Jodrell Bank. Afforded higher protection than Green Belt for miles surrounding, but can host a music festival with all manner of radio interference arising.

By Blue Dot

Yet more “signing off” , where is the infrastructure to support all this?? New roads ,or improved roads have been promised yet STILL no mention of any of these. Why? Who’s taking the backhanders, it certainly seems like it! Get your priorities right CEC, you were elected to help us, not like the previous mob,THEMSELVES.

By Nev Jack

How does this fit in with the HC neighbourhood plan we all voted for? And how on earth is the health centre going to cope?

By Concerned resident of Holmes Chapel

Who is going to fill all these houses and what are they going to do about more people in the area joining local doctors surgery’s, schools and hospitals as you all know it is impossible to get appointment ‘s.

By by E nough

This article is only a brief summary of the proposals and its important to clarify that the housing totals for villages such as Chelford and Holmes Chapel are inclusive of housing already permitted or being developed. There are no new housing allocations in this document for Holmes Chapel and there is just one housing allocation of 20 homes in Chelford.

By Adrian Fisher

We need at least a Prestbury by- pass as we are the central hub for all surrounding town and village drivers to get to their place of work. Peak times we just don’t attempt to travel. Infrastructure cannot cope now let alone the possibility of 230 and upwards more cars living in the area.

By Disgruntled resident

What stupid comments regarding Goostrey and Jodrell Bank hosting Blue Dot one assumes that weekend they were not working so interference was not an issue. Sometimes I do despair!

By Captain Know it all

Nothing surprised me any more regarding Cheshire East
Absolute disgrace of a council. No wonder it’s the UKS worst. Speaking to the company building houses on the way to brereton which were going to build a school theywere told that the council had told them that there was no need for any new schools
Absolutely shocking.

By Robert Dean.

This madness must stop NOW!

By David Holt

Infra structure cant cope now!! never mind when these development proposals are built. What are the so called highway designer playing at, both Alderley Edge by-pass and the new Hazel Grove to airport by-pass are constantly being closed due to major flooding are these people qualified!!

Will the last person out of Cheshire turn the lights off, sorry close the flood gates!!

By CBA

Do you know what, all our comments like this one, may as well be forwarded the environs of Bolivia.

By CBA

More housing in Haslington why? not needed the infrastructure not good enough now why not improve old housing stock or build council housing not rent to buy!!

By V Grunner

Captain Know It All – (oh, the irony) – Interference to radio signals is not the only issue this festival raised. Whilst I and many of my fellow neighbours applaud and support the education and celebration of the subject matter the disruption to local traffic it caused was horrendous and the noise was extremely distressing – especially for those with babies and small children and also the elderley. Whilst JB may not have been working, SOME OF US WERE and didn’t appreciate being kept up till the early hours by the noise! The late night music festival was selfish and indulgent. It could have finished earlier and caused less local upset.

By Captain Know It A

Muhahaha a planning permission is coming in your area soon

By Housebuilder

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