Muller Homes Application Old Mill Farm February 2020

Muller refused for third time in Sandbach

Chloé Vaughan

Muller Property Group’s proposals for 57 homes, a petrol station and convenience store, drive thru, and three-storey offices on Old Mill Road have been refused for the third time in 12 months.

Muller submitted an amended scheme after it was refused in March and August 2019. Despite the changes made to designs, including the removal of a 21,000 sq ft foodstore, the plan has once again been unsuccessful.

This application included 9,100 sq ft office, 5,200 sq ft of shops, and 5,100 sq ft of space for food retailers. A national fast food operator would manage the 3,100 sq ft drive thru and a coffee chain would operate a 1,800 sq ft café drive thru. A mix of 25 houses and 32 apartments was also proposed.

The Alsager-based developer already has consent for a residential development nearby of up to 200 homes at the Fields Farm site, off Old Mill Road, and launched a consultation in 2018 for this mixed-use scheme.

Council officers considered the project “harmful” to residents’ privacy due to the apartments overlooking existing homes, and said the designs “failed” to take opportunities available for improving the character and quality of the area.

Harris Lamb Property Consultancy and TFA Architects worked on the scheme.

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Genuinely trying to figure out which apartments are supposed to have an impact on existing properties? Admittedly I don’t have the plans in front of me with a scale ruler, but they all appear to exceed minimum interface standards.

Also, based on this image there seems to be a landscaping scheme, open space, extensive proposed planting and habitat creation. It’s not good enough to simply say they “failed” to take opportunities to improve the character or quality of the area. If that’s the decision and position of the Council it needs to be backed up with some justification.

I hope Muller appeal this. Cheshire East take such a negative approach to development and make no attempt to actually work with applicants.

By SillyGoose

Keep turning this plan down – we have enough drive through & take away to satisfy everyone.

By Keith Robinson

They should try on the Sainsburys owned site at Holmes Chapel… that’s derelict and ready for redevelopment…

By Marc cousack

People don’t want everywhere built up . They are destroying everywhere.

By Linda

Not a good idea,the town centre will suffer like crewe,macclesfield,we have enough retail already,how about something for young people,cinema etc.

By Simon.

Great news!
Enough is enough already!
Sandbach already cannot cope with the level of building already happened and already MORE is currently planned!
Driving to the motorway…. terrible and all that pollution from all those cars creating MORE air pollution for what should be a small market town, for our families to inhale… Glad a development has FINALLY been declined!
Schools at busting point already!!
A regular (non emergency) appointment at the doctor’s an average 3 week wait!
Flooding roads as where water would have previously drained away we are now stacked with houses and they are using the vital drainage systems for these properties instead building in and around sandbach is a joke …..green fields lost forever… wildlife lost forever with their homes destroyed… For the sake of MORE more new houses to line the pockets of companies and company directors…
#enoughisenough!!!
#endthebuilding
#saveourtown
#saveourchildrenshealth
#savewildlife

By Spanner