Green light for Handforth retirement village

P.E. Jones has been granted outline planning permission to erect a close care* retirement village on a greenfield site which lies south of Coppice Way, Handforth.

The village will comprise of 108 units made up of 46 close care cottages and 62 apartments.

In addition there will be 6 care bedrooms and a community centre will also be built, which will provide a focus for activities on the site, including a restaurant, swimming pool and meeting rooms. The accommodation is aimed at the over 55s.

This application (reference 14/2230M) is a revision of 12/1578M, which was allowed on appeal in May 2013. The main differences to the appeal scheme are the removal of the care home and affordable housing and an increase in close care apartments.

This development also involves the diversion of Public Footpath 91 that links Hall Road and Coppice Way. The proposal includes a new footpath and cycle path that would skirt the western edge of the close care cottages.

Seventeen letters of objection were received by the Council. The issues raised included: impact on wildlife; increased traffic; impact on local services; trees should be protected; density too high; impact upon living conditions of neighbours; impact on listed building; loss of open space and lack of parking provision.

The Strategic Planning Board approved the application subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement securing individual travel plans for the close care cottages, apartments and care beds; an operational plan and a financial contribution of £86,000 towards the Handforth Woodland Enhancement Project.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 14/2230M.

* Close care is a term used to describe older people's housing which is linked to, or on the same site as a care home.

Handforth, PE Jones, Planning Applications


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Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 3:23 pm
The only advantages of this retirement development was that it included a care home and affordable housing, for which there is a need in both Stockport and Cheshire East. Now the two elements which are the least profitable from the point of view of the developer have been allowed to be omitted.
Sally Hoare
Thursday 15th January 2015 at 8:22 am
Why is it always the affordable housing that goes? Surely this is what we need most.