PLANNING | Housing at Alsager former university campus approved

In Cheshire East, the outcome of the planning committee was mixed; a decision on a Bovis housing scheme deferred, a Barratt development approved, and a £13m retail park refused.

While the following projects were all recommended for approval by planning officers ahead of the meeting on Wednesday 21 September, they received a varied response from councillors sitting on the planning committee:

  • Detailed application for 250 homes off Crewe Road in Haslington, by Bovis. Members voted against the recommendation to approve, and deferred a decision until a later meeting
  • The development of 426 houses on the former Manchester Metropolitan University Alsager campus, by Barratt and David Wilson Homes, which will see the demolition of all other buildings on site. Approved, but after a lively debate.
  • 140 homes on Back Lane in Congleton, by Russell Homes, which is in open countryside, and near to Jodrell Bank telescope. Approved, subject to a section 106 agreement.
  • A £13m retail park at Barracks Mill, a derelict site in Macclesfield, by Cedar Invest. The park will total 130,000 sq ft and has KFC and Costa Coffee signed up as occupiers so far. Refused against the officer recommendations.

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Do Cheshire East NEVER learn? So we have a piece of land on the main arterial route into the Town which is both an eye sore and dangerous recommended for approval by Officers which recommendation is ignored by the Planning committee – astonishing. Such refusal assumably ignoring the jobs that the proposed development would create, the prosperity the Occupiers would bring to the Town, etc, etc. So perhaps we should ask the Planning committee what they suggest the owner does with this overgrown, derelict site. A suppose another few hundred thousand on Planning appeals won’t make much difference!!!!!

By David Sleath

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