Persimmon’s proposals for 134 homes in Poynton will return to Cheshire East’s planning committee again, after twice being deferred following heavy local opposition.
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.
A decision on the application was deferred twice, first in June, and then in late September, with the committee asking for additional information on flooding and car parking in the latter case. On each occasion, the application was recommended for approval by Cheshire East’s planning officers.
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.
Ahead of next week’s committee, the proposals have again been recommended for approval, with Persimmon now adding a 14-space car park for use by the nearby school to address concerns raised by committee members at the previous meeting.
This approval is 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 Town Planning is advising Persimmon on its application.