Plans for new access road off A34 bypass

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Plans have been submitted to create a new access road off the A34 Wilmslow Bypass at Pendleton Way.

The access, for vehicles only, is being proposed in connection with development of a new business park on land west of the bypass between the Wilmslow High School roundabout and Harden Park roundabout.

The parcel of land, bound by Holly Road North to the north, the A34 to the east / south and a railway line to the west has been identified in the Cheshire East Local Plan for the development of Wilmslow Business Park.

The Local Plan promotes the site for delivering "up to 6.3 ha of employment land for an exemplar B1 Business use development in line with the principles of sustainable development, providing around 25,000 square metres of employment space".

Mr & Mrs Sims are seeking planning permission for the junction and the first section of the road serving the site, and not any development.

The proposed access is described as "a left in / left out access with diverge and merge arrangements".

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/2008M. The last date for submitting comments is May 17th and a decision is expected by 13th June.

A34 Bypass, Local Plan, Planning Applications, Wilmslow Business Park


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Pearce
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 2:51 pm
Given the pedestrian pace of SEMMMS progress either side of the A34 - if/when permission is granted for this intersection project we'll all be in driverless cars by the time it's opened. Came down A34 yesterday mid afternoon - as seems quite normal around the Stanley Road roundabout - no sign of of activity or any workmen in sight and the associated earth workings on that stretch of the A34 look barely touched since the end of last year.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 5:30 pm
More empty offices and industrial units on Green Belt land.
Nick Jones
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 8:05 pm
Get real ...this is for houses.. it joins the Royal London site...
Dave Cash
Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 10:41 pm
Soon have more 'branches' off the Wilmslow Bypass than a Royal Family Tree.
No access road until the whole site is granted planning permission.
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 2:14 pm
Like David Pearce above. All the contractors have been diverted to the airport stretch of this stupid plan. So for over a year now,nothing as happened along the A34 or the road to Woodford/Bramhall spur.So we have a 30mph stretch, roads coned off, with no activity.The airport end should have been the start point..Only 3 miles across the fields from Handforth (old A34 to the airport..This would have taken masses of traffic to the airport without affecting Stanley Green/ Handforth Dean area.Also these contractors don't seem to work weekends,with expensive machinery lying idle,everytime I pass. I think we should have a 'Public Inquiry'and financial penalties imposed on this contract.Worst road plan I have ever seen in 50+ years of motoring. Baz
Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 7:59 pm

This access will be to the business park, the land trapped between the road and the railway line. There will need to be another access/egress arrangement off the A34 between the Alderley Road roundabout and the railway bridge to serve offices, houses and an hotel on the Royal London site. Interesting is that this road can be used as a one way system to help sort out the traffic problems associated with the High School. RoW is looking closely at this in the light of the current parking problems for residents of Holly Road North and Leaside Way, and in the likelihood the school will be further expanded.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 11:59 pm

Outline planning approval was given for the development of the Royal London in July 2016. There was no provision for a new spur / access road off the A34 as part of this application. The site will only be accessible from the existing traffic light controlled junction on Alderley Road. See

Stuart Redgard
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 12:29 am

You can be cynical if you want but.......

The following is extracted from the latest version of the CEC Local Plan Strategy document


Wilmslow Business Park
The development of the Wilmslow Business Park site over the Local Plan Strategy period will be achieved through:
1. The delivery of up to 6.3 ha of employment land for an exemplar B1 Business use development in line with the principles of sustainable development, providing around 25,000 square metres of employment space.

Definition of B1 Business use = Offices (other than those that fall within A2), research and development of products and processes, light industry appropriate in a residential area.


A Local Plan Strategy document is a legally enforceable document . So CEC cannot legally allow the land to be used for residential purposes (i.e. houses) without breaking the law. And I for one would challenge this in a court of law if they tried too. And I suspect there would be many more who would support me (i.e. hopefully every person that belongs to the "RESIDENTS OF WILMSLOW" group (hopefully!)
Roger Bagguley
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 6:28 am

I asked the question when the outline approved offices were displayed and was told a new access road will serve the houses etc. I am particularly interested in this as an expanded High School will need improved access and parking. The original line of the A34 bypass took the road on the RL side of the railway line. This could in part be restored. We at RoW do not want new access to the school being via Broadway Meadow. With WNP we want a reduction of traffic moving in the town.
Roger Thawley
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 9:47 am
I find myself wondering why any entry/access point doesn't just feed directly to the roundabout at the north end of the site, that location seems already made for the job. Traffic joining the A34 will make its way to that point anyway.
Exit from the site could be a simple third lane added to the north bound carriageway. The same lane would feed into the left turn at the roundabout for arriving traffic.
Nick Jones
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 10:21 am
@ Roger/ Stuart. I read the same docs, and you cant help thinking history will have a strange way of duplicating itself again as the green belt erosion continues in CEC, With Non-compliance to Govt planning policy ignoring the ‘exceptional circumstance’ criteria re green belt/ Ignoring Brownfield development / Local Plan engagement demonstrably dismissed.. Adlington “Never build on these fields” Road / Cllrs voting to remove Green Belt protection. How many times has it been sought to develop R/L site.. and its conveniently adjacent to this proposal.. I would rather see this piece of land put to better use . There were plans some years ago to build a Tip / Refuse collection site here, which I did object to so a Cynic ?? I think not.. merely an observer like your good selves !!. QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES ?
Roger Bagguley
Thursday 25th May 2017 at 6:14 pm
Roger Thawley

I am interested in your thinking and happy to be in touch on net. I have a feeling CEC is already advanced in its thinking on the school without wider consultation. What I do know is that everyone regards the access from the island at the school is not being adequate enough to take more traffic. Also, we have a public declaration that any expansion of the school will be on land allocated within the Local Plan. Thus, we must insist it is on either the land trapped by the road and the railway line and/or land at Royal London.

At RoW we are keen to have personal contacts so as to keep people informed.