Cheshire East’s strategic planning board has given the green light to 900 houses across three developments, including housing in Congleton, Handforth, and Poynton.
The largest of these, a bid by the Worth Partnership to build 500 new homes, a school, and retail on a site between Manchester Road and Giantswood Lane near Congleton, was approved by nine votes to two.
The 64-acre development was recommended for approval despite objections from Jodrell Bank, with the council seeking a financial contribution towards the new Congleton Link Road and a £3.2m commuted sum towards education provision as part of the planning agreement.
Cheshire East also approved Himor’s application to build 250 homes on agricultural land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road in Handforth. The application was approved based on Himor providing 30% affordable homes on the site, and an £85,000 contribution towards local footpath improvements.
Councillors approved the scheme by eight votes to four, despite nearly 400 objection letters from local residents.
The final scheme on the agenda, a 150-home development on a greenfield site south of Poynton, was also approved by Cheshire East.
The 13-acre Poynton scheme will also be required to provide 30% affordable housing, alongside a financial contribution to the Poynton Relief Road, local education services, and a healthcare provision.
The application was approved despite opposition from Poynton’s town, which argued it would lead to “unacceptable” increases in traffic.