Cheshire East Council is set to approve plans for an 800-space car park by Manchester Airport Group at its planning committee next week.
The 310,000 sq ft site is on the Green Belt and includes the demolition of residential buildings 48 and 52 Moss Lane and associated outbuildings. The proposal states that there are “very special circumstances” which outweigh the identified harm to the land.
With Manchester Airport increasingly congested, the council is minded to approve the proposal due to its impact on the reduction in drop-offs and taxi journeys to the airport, the current limitations of public transport, the lack of capacity in existing car parking facilities over summer, and the reduction of third-party off-site car parking.
While the plans have only received one objection, which stated: “It is considered to be an inappropriate form of development in the Green Belt, which reduces openness, encroaches into the countryside, and contributes to the unrestricted sprawl of large built-up area.”
Manchester Airport Group said work alongside the delivery of the car park would also see the creation of a landscaping belt, footpath, and ecological mitigation.