Persimmon looks set to receive Cheshire East’s backing to deliver 134 homes on a greenfield site west of Poynton, despite opposition from residents and the area’s MP.
The housebuilder is proposing to build a mix of two, three, four, and five-bedroom homes along with apartments on the 20-acre plot off Hazelbadge Road, along from Lower Park Primary School and its playing field.
The site is allocated for housing development under Cheshire East’s Local Plan, with an allocation of up to 150 homes.
Plans were first put forward in 2017, and two rounds of public consultation have taken place; one in January 2018, and another in February 2019. While plans were originally for 146 homes, the numbers have been cut slightly following consultation with the Local Authority; Persimmon is now proposing to build 134 homes.
Of these, 40 will be designated as affordable, with 26 for affordable rent and 14 as intermediate tenure.
However, there have been significant objections from local residents; the scheme attracted 99 letters in opposition in January’s consultation, and 159 in February 2019.
Opposition hinges around the loss of green space and the impact on the neighbouring school, particularly around traffic and parking. These objections have also been supported by the area’s MP, David Rutley, the member of parliament for Macclesfield.
Despite these objections, planning officers have sided with Persimmon, arguing the scheme complies with Cheshire East’s Local Plan.
The project is recommended for approval subject to a Section 106 agreement; this is to include an education contributions of £260,311 primary and £310,511 secondary, along with a healthcare contribution of £133,344, and £737,000 towards the Poynton Relief Road.
Mosaic is acting as planner and will represent Persimmon at next week’s committee, which meets on 26 June.