In line with committee recommendations, one scheme for 224 homes was approved at Cheshire East’s planning committee this week, with Muller Homes and Gladman’s proposals for 172 homes refused.
Anwyl’s reserved matters application for 224 homes on land between Clay Lane and Sagars road in Handforth gained approval after a withdrawal of its previous application for the site in November.
Since the scheme’s redesign in November, which was recommended for refusal, seven homes were added to the proposals. An affordable provision of 67 homes have been agreed.
The 16.6-acre site currently houses one property, 15 Hampton Crescent. Two applications, one for outline planning and the other for the demolition of the building were approved in August 2018.
Phil Dolan, managing director of Anwyl Homes Cheshire and North Wales, said: “Having acquired the land earlier this year on an unconditional basis, in what must have been one of the quickest property deals in the North West in 2019, we have worked hard to create a scheme that offers kerb appeal combined with a superb range of homes surrounded by vast areas of open green spaces and retained and enhanced landscapes.”
APD Architects designed this scheme with Turley as the planner.
Muller Homes’ application for a 74-bedroom care home along with 85 houses on an 11.25-acre site of agricultural land to the south of Old Mill Road in Sandbach was refused.
It was minded to refuse as, according to the planning report: “The site is an important gateway to Sandbach and the proposed development fails to take the opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area.”
Sandbach Town Council objected to the scheme on the grounds of the impact it would have on traffic, pollution and local infrastructure. Objections were also raised from 53 locals which commented on the loss of green space and the lack of need for housing in the area.
Escape Urbanists designed the scheme while Knights was the planner.
The other scheme which was refused was Gladman’s proposals for 98 homes on 10-acres of land to the south of Waggs Road, Congleton.
According to planning officers: “The development would result in a loss of open countryside. There is also inadequate infrastructure in place to support further major residential development and safe and suitable access has not been achieved.
“Given that Cheshire East can demonstrate a five-year supply of deliverable housing sites, significant weight is given to these factors. The development would also result in some visual harm to the landscape given that it seeks to develop a site that is currently free from built form.
MP Fiona Bruce and Congleton Council also objected to the scheme on the basis that there was no more housing needed in the area at the moment, and that the impact of traffic would cause significant harm.
An additional 288 letters of objection were received from locals which cited similar concerns.
The scheme was designed by FCPR Environment & Design.