Housebuilders Redrow and Jones Homes’ proposals to build 233 houses on agricultural land to the west of Macclesfield will go in front of Cheshire East’s strategic planning board next week with a recommendation to approve.
The outline plans are for 233 homes at a 25-acre site between Chelford Road and Pexhill Road to the west of the town centre. The site has been allocated for housing under Cheshire East’s Local Plan and is currently used as agricultural land.
Houses are slated to range between two and five bedrooms in size, but a final housing mix will be determined with a further reserved matters planning application at a later date.
Access is proposed via a new roundabout on the A537 to the north of the site, rather than via Pexhill Road.
The proposals have been recommended for approval, subject to a Section 106 agreement, when Cheshire East’s strategic planning board meets on 28 March.
Macclesfield Town Council said it would not support the development of green field sites within the borough, but said that as the site was allocated for development under the local plan, it would propose a series of conditions for the scheme, including air quality and traffic planning.
Henbury Parish Council objected to the proposals, citing a lack of school places and medical facilities in the area, and the scheme’s impact on local wildlife.
Alongside this, the project received a series of objections from local residents following a consultation, many of whom rose concerns over an increase in traffic, the loss of green belt, and the impact on local infrastructure.
However, planners said that a series of contributions would help to mitigate the impact of the development. These include £221,000 towards local highways improvements; an education provision £1.2m; and a provision of 30% affordable housing at the development.
The planners’ report concluded the site would “make a valuable contribution” towards the borough’s five-year housing plan, and would be “environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable”.
The professional team includes How as planner.