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Bloor Homes can now build 154 homes in Congleton. Credit: planning documents

PLANNING | Mixed bag for Cheshire East housing schemes

A 42-home scheme in Macclesfield fell foul of the council, while a project consisting of 104 affordable homes in Crewe met with success. Also: Bloor Homes’ plans for 154 homes in Congleton can move forward.

The decisions were made at the Cheshire East Council planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

Land West of London Road REJECTED Morris Homes p planning

Layout for the rejected scheme from Morris Homes and the Trustees of The Lyme Green Settlement. Credit: via planning documents

Land west of London Road and south of Gaw End Lane

Despite being recommended for approval by planning officers, the council ruled against Morris Homes and the Trustees of The Lyme Green Settlement’s plans for 42 homes on land west of London Road in Macclesfield.

The project had been deferred in July. Committee members felt that subsequent amendments did not go far enough to address their concerns, claiming the scheme represented cramped development that would harm the visual amenity and landscape.

The application had called for the building of 29 market homes and 13 affordable ones. The homes would have between one and five bedrooms.

There would have been more than 23,500 sq ft of public open space across the site.

Astle Planning & Design is the architect, while Savills is the planning consultant. Other project team members include Mode Transport Planning, United Environmental Services, Site Scan, Groundtech Consulting, Ascerta, Hepworth Acoustics, and Hydrock.

The application’s reference number is 21/1249M.

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Drawings showing some of the proposed houses for the project. Credit: via planning documents

Land east of Broughton Road and north of Bidvale Way

Affordable housing is coming to Crewe with the approval of Breck Homes and Mark Unwin’s application for 104 homes on a seven-acre site east of Broughton Road.

Under the plans submitted by Mosaic Planning, the 100% affordable scheme includes a mixture of apartments, terraced, and semi-detached homes.

The homes would have between one and four bedrooms. Around 53% would be available for shared ownership, while the remaining 47% would be designated affordable rent.

Designs by landscape architect Trevor Bridge Associates show that there would be approximately 41,000 sq ft of green and play space.

The project team includes Micro Drainage, Cencode, United Environmental Services, and IGE Consulting.

The scheme’s application reference number with Cheshire East is 21/6385N.

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Image showing what Bloor Homes’ proposals for Viking Way may look like. Credit: via planning documents

Land east of Viking Way

Bloor Homes’ plans for 154 homes at Viking Way in Congleton have been approved with the delegating to the head of planning and the committee chair to sort out four items.

The application was a reserved matters one, with outline permission having been granted to the project in February.

The site in question is 20.5 acres.

Under the plans submitted by Asteer Planning, 17.5% of the project would have affordable homes. This breaks down to 12 two-bed and 15 three-bed homes.

The remaining 127 homes would range from having two bedrooms to four.

There would also be a neighbourhood playground and a central landscape corridor.

“We were extremely pleased to receive the unanimous support from the members of the strategic planning board,” said Kate McClean, planning director at Bloor Homes.

McClean continued: “Having purchased the site in April, this timely reserved matters approval is the first step towards launching our development offering a range of 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.”

Alice Routledge, partner at Asteer, added: “The approval of the first reserved matters application at Viking Way is a hugely important milestone in the creation of a new, strategically important, and sustainable neighbourhood at North Congleton.

“This application will not only deliver much-needed family housing, but also a network of high-quality greenspaces and will make a significant contribution to the Congleton Link Road, which opened in April 2021.”

In addition to Asteer, the project team includes Tyler Grange, BWB Consulting, and Escape Urbanists.

For those interested in learning more about the project, the application’s reference number is 22/0670C.

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