Despite being recommended for approval subject to a section 106 agreement, a Persimmon proposal for 134 homes has once again been deferred.
The plans were put back by Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning committee as it requested further flood and car parking information.
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, close to the Lower Park Primary School. Of these homes, 40 are set to be affordable, with 26 for affordable rent and 14 as intermediate tenure.
There has been opposition to the scheme from residents and the area’s MP. It attracted 99 letters in opposition in January and 159 in February. Comments hinged on the loss of green space and the impact on the neighbouring school on traffic and parking.
Despite these objections, planning officers have sided with Persimmon and argued that the scheme complies with Cheshire East’s Local Plan.
Mosaic Town Planning acted as planner on this scheme. 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. The original plans called for 146 homes, but the numbers have been slightly cut following consultation with the local authority.