The future of a vacant social club will be determined by the Northern Planning Committee next week.
Jones Homes has applied to demolish the Handforth branch of the Royal British Legion and replace it with 10 townhouses having recently acquired the site just off Station Road.
The 10 properties will have 4 bedrooms and are split into 2 blocks of 5, each having three storeys with garages at ground floor.
Councillor Burkhill requested that the application be determined by Northern Planning Committee because it is a large, prominent site adjacent to Handforth Station and there is a lot of public interest.
Friends of Handforth Station have been campaigning for the provision of an access for the elderly, disabled and those with young children who currently have to struggle up or down 35 steps to the platforms.
Included in the proposal is the provision for a disabled access through the site to the southbound platform of Handforth station, however Friends of Handforth Station are calling for better access to the station for everyone, whether they be wheelchair users, people with pushchairs, heavy suitcase carriers or those with walking difficulties.
Members of the Handforth Parish Council Planning & Environment Committee opposed the application as they consider it over development of the site and do not support any development for three storey homes at this location. Concern was also expressed about increased traffic levels in this area.
A total of 26 objections were also received and one letter of support. Concerns raised included that the development will cause overlooking and impact on privacy; the new building will overshadow neighbouring properties; the site will be overdeveloped and the site is not suitable for residential use as it is adjacent to the railway line.
Other points raised include an inadequate pedestrian link into Handforth station; the site would be better used as a car park for the station; the proposed dwellings are out of scale and character with those of the surrounding area; the development will place additional stress on local schools, doctors and the local highway network.
However, the planning officers are recommending the planning application for approval at the Northern Planning Committee's meeting on Wednesday, 6th July.
An officer's report prepared for the meeting states that the site is identified as being within a predominantly residential area and is considered to be in a highly sustainable location, therefore the principle of residential development on the site is accepted, the scale of the development reflects the character and appearance of the area and raises no issues in respect of residential amenity, noise, ecology or trees.
On this basis, the officers consider that the proposal represents sustainable development and consider that the adverse effects of the scheme are significantly and demonstrably outweighed by the benefits.
Second image shows townhouses that are similar to those proposed for Station Road, Handforth.