Only one of the schemes on Cheshire East’s planning committee is expected to be approved next week, with proposals from Muller Homes and Gladman set to be refused.
Anwyl’s reserved matters application for 224 homes on land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road in Handforth is back on the agenda after the developer withdrew its previous application for the site in November’s planning committee.
This application is recommended for approval, despite the addition of seven homes since the previous application, which was recommended for refusal. Of the homes, 67 are set to be affordable.
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.
The previous application for the scheme in November was recommended for refusal based on the location of the affordable housing, with officers suggesting a “pepper potting” approach would be better. The proposal also suffered from a lack of car parking spaces according to the report.
APD Architects designed this scheme with Turley as the planner.
Muller Homes application for a 74-bedroom care home and 85 houses on an 11.25-acre site on agricultural land to the south of Old Mill Road in Sandbach is set to be refused by the committee.
It is minded to refuse, as according to the planning committee: “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”
Of the 85 houses, 26 would be designated as affordable. The site includes two farm buildings within Fields Farm, which are to be demolished to make way for the development. Of the 85 houses, 26 would be designated as affordable.
The site is bound by the A534 to the north, a residential development to the East, Houndings lane to the south and undeveloped land to the west.
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 final scheme on the agenda is Gladman’s application for 98 homes on 10-acres of land to the south of Waggs Road, Congleton, which is also set to be refused.
Of the 98 homes, 30% would be affordable.
According to the committee: “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.
“The development would provide benefits in terms of affordable and open market housing provision, public open space, delivery of economic benefits during construction and through the spending of future occupiers.”
MP Fiona Bruce and Congleton Council object to the scheme on the basis that there is no more housing needed at the moment, the impact on traffic, and that the site isn’t suitable for flooding reasons. An additional 288 letters of objection were received from locals which cited similar concerns.
The scheme was designed by FCPR Environment & Design.