Plans for 174 homes at Stanneylands submitted

David Wilson Homes has submitted a planning application for a new residential development on land north of Stanneylands Road and behind Wilmslow Garden Centre.

The 14.62 hectare site, which is currently used for grazing/paddocks, has been included in the Cheshire East Local Plan as a site suitable for building up to 200 homes and removed from the Green Belt.

The proposed scheme is for 174 houses with 486 parking spaces with a new three-armed roundabout providing access to the site from Stanneylands Road and public open space with a trim-trail and fitness or play equipment. Additionally there will be a new foot and cycle path connecting Linneys Bridge and the River Dean.

David Wilson Homes is proposing a range of homes, including detached houses, some townhouses and a small number of apartments. 30% of the 174 dwellings will be provided as affordable housing, with 34 being made available as affordable rent and 18 as intermediate housing (shared equity or shared ownership dwellings).

A spokesperson for DWH said "The new development would look and feel similar to that delivered by DWH at Bollin Park on Adlington Road. It will include open market aspirational homes, as well as 30% affordable homes as required by Council policy, which may be particularly suitable for first time buyers or those looking to rent."

Of the 34 social rented properties 8 will be one-bedroom, 19 will be two-bedroom and 7 will be three-bedroom. Whilst for intermediate housing the scheme includes: 3 one-bedroom, 3 two-bedroom and 12 three-bedroom.

The other 122 housing will be consist of 7 three bedroom and 115 with four bedroom homes.

It is proposed that the on-site affordable housing will be completed and transferred prior to 90% of the market dwellings being occupied.

Land to the north of the site across the River Dean will remain in the Green Belt and is not proposed for development.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/4521M. The last date for submitting comments is 5th October and a decision is expected by 7th December.

Little Stanneylands, Planning Applications


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

Pete Taylor
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 6:34 pm
Currently grid-locked at rush hour. How is this going to work?
Lawrence Turner
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7:02 pm
Fuming! How can they possibly build extra houses when there isn't any capacity for any extra traffic on roads around this area? Roads in Styal,Wilmslow, Cheadle, A34 from Wilmslow to the M60 are gridlocked the majority of every morning and evening. It's not exactly like there's any buses or frequent trains to use as alternatives to get around Greater Manchester!
Chris Wigley
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7:12 pm
Are the houses on this site, that proposed in Handforth and those on the Growth Village to meet the shortage of homes for Cheshire East or merely to suck in those living outside the county. I had thought that in this part of CE we were short of housing for first time buyers and affordable housing so why is the valuable resource of the green belt being used to create more and more expensive houses? We should be encouraging the minimal use of land by building terrace/mews and semi-detached homes.
Suzanne Walford
Wednesday 13th September 2017 at 7:15 pm
I might be missing something obvious but what is the point of designating green belt areas if the area can later be removed from the green belt list and built on?
Anne Greenhalgh
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 12:56 am
How can they remove green belt land? I grew up near here & cannot believe the loss of our beautiful countryside. We are losing our identity & will end up like rural Manchester, having no green spaces between the villages & towns.What about access? Wilmslow can't cope with necessary works going on in & about due to it being gridlocked & ignorant drivers going through red temporary lights blocking right of way? Beyond a joke now!
N Tipping
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 9:39 am
The traffic is not just bad at rush hour on Stanneylands road. its all day. The traffic is backed up from the lights to this site in the morning, lunchtime, and from mid afternoon to early evening. Anyone buying a home on this development will find it is an absolute nightmare to get in or out. They will be waiting for several changes of the lights and that's if they can even get onto Stanneylands road in the first place. I imagine the traffic will just back up into the new development and create gridlock there too. Its utter madness!
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 10:20 am
"Affordable Houses" are those that are 20% below the market value. Given the market value of these houses will be around £800,000, the "affordable ones" will be £640,000.

Hardly a help to society is it?

Oh and the developers can just pay Cheshire East to totally avoid this great inconvenience anyway.

Still, ALL of Wilmslow's Conservative Cheshire East councillors voted for this, so you must be okay with it.
Manuel Golding
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 11:12 am
Anne Greenhalgh, to answer your heartfelt question - How can they remove green belt land? It is a tragic tale of deceit, obfuscation, double talk and worse of all, ignoring not just the concerns of the Stanneylands area but the rest of Wilmslow's residents to the rape of the town's Green Belt sites. In the words of CECs Chief Planning Officer, Adrian Fisher, to Cllr Burkhill (Handforth - Independent), residents concerns are "irrelevant" to the Master Plan!

Anne, in case you didn't realise or have not followed the tortuous adventure of the Local Plan over the past 5 years, the majority of Conservative councillors have, almost to a man & woman, voted for, without question & like compliant lap-dogs waiting to be thrown a bone for being "good boys & girls" from the leadership's table, Wilmslow's four (4) Conservative CEC councillors voted For the Local Plan, they voted for "the loss of our beautiful countryside" i.e. concreting over our Green Belt sites. These include Heathfield Farm, Royal London & Stanneylands Rd, thanks here to Francis Lee for his Green Belt sale, following on to loss of Adlington Rd, now euphemistically renamed Bollin Park!

Lacey Green's Conservative CE Councillor. Don Stockton, voted For the LP, as did Wlm East's Conservative Councillor Menlove, as did Wilmslow West's two Conservatives, Barton and Brooks. Their historic records of deliberately misleading local voters is plain for all to see - the maxim is "Tell them (voters) what they wish to hear and later vote as the party dictates"


This is why Residents of Wilmslow (RoW) is gaining voter support across the town, RoW listens to voters concerns and is committed to act upon those concerns. Cllr Toni Fox shows the proof. RoW firmly believe in "People before party", whereas we clearly see the town's CE councillors voting "Party BEFORE people". Ass this to the fact we are considered to be "irrelevant" by CEC.

At the same time, may I suggest too many residents thought the reality of the loss of Stanneylands' Green Belt would never happen, it was for other areas of the town to suffer a Green Belt grab without concerning us. Too late!!

At the next elections we trust Wilmslow's voters will remember this painful & salutary lesson.
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 11:18 am
The affordable houses will be 1, 2 and 3 bedroom properties. What is your evidence that market value of these will be £800k? How many 1 bedroom properties do you know in Wilmslow that sell for anywhere close to £800k? You will only find the most luxurious 3 bedroom properties getting anywhere close to £800k, and around 75% of the 3 bedroom properties currently being marketed in Wilmslow have asking prices of less than half that. (Source: Rightmove)

I don't support this development for one moment, but objections like this are easy to swat away and detract from those based on actual evidence.
Brian Tickner
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 12:15 pm
Thanks Jon. A voice of reason!
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 12:29 pm
The affordable housing statement on the planning website gives you exactly how many houses/flats and their size. The picture on the front of this document shows a streetscene which bears a strong resemblance to Bollin Park. It shows large houses with large garages and drives long enough to hold a car. Yet when you read on you see that no 4 bedroomed houses are to be put aside as "affordable", only 12 3 bedroomed of 78 sq metres, and 7 3 bedroomed at 86 sq metres. On the plus side this builder does use the word "terraced " rather than "mews homes". The rest of the affordables are flats - with the smallest being 42 sq metres.
Graham Peters
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 12:41 pm
'Affordable housing'? It's a pathetic joke and ploy by the builders to help massage the planning through the council. Once the construction begins, these house are pushed back in the builders program and it's questionable if they ever get built. My daughter enquiried about purchasing over at Bollin Park - and was told 'there were no planned release dates'.
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 12:56 pm
To be fair David Wilson just got on and built their quota of affordable homes and will soon be finished building all their side of Bollin Park. Meanwhile, the planning applications and non - material amendments are still coming in for the other side of this estate and this is all before the "grand entrance statement" is put in place.
Mark Goldsmith
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 5:07 pm
@Jon Armstrong.

Your premise is very logical, but unfortunately wrong. To be classed as "Affordable" some of the properties the developers sell on the site just have to be -20% of the price vs the others ON THE SITE. They don't have to compare with prices elsewhere at all.

When the David Wilson Homes at Bollin Park were launched, prices started at £524,500.

And this was in Nov 2015. Currently prices in Bollin Park range from £549,500 to £1.3m. So, there is every chance average prices in a similar development at Stanylands will be £800k. So to qualify as "Affordable" homes, they just need to sell some of them at £540k instead of £800k. The could even sell a £1.3m house at £1m and still get it classed as "Affordable".

However, your logic highlights the weasel words of the house building community that are used to overcome local objections. But anyone who thinks this development will help young people struggling to get on the housing ladder will be very disappointed.
Jon Armstrong
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 5:23 pm
The page you link to is prices for the 4 and 5 bedroom houses discussed on that page, not 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses described as affordable houses on this development. You say there is no requirement to compare houses on other sites, but the only evidence you present for your cost estimates is a comparison with much larger homes on a different site, which are meaningless and incredibly unlikely to mean 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses here are marketed at £800k as you claim.
Matthew Cheetham
Thursday 14th September 2017 at 6:53 pm
I have commented on the council plans. The transport infrastructure cannot cope at the moment. Staneylands Road is too narrow to support the extra traffic this development will inevitably bring.
John Featherstone
Friday 15th September 2017 at 3:24 pm
C E C not interested in green belt only MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, no matter what you say or try, and do, they win more money than you, end of
Simon Worthington
Monday 18th September 2017 at 11:44 am
Forgive me if I am wrong but Handforth is full of ex council housing (the rest of the stock was sold by the old Macc Council for £5,500 each) sold off and on the market for under £200,000 which will be well under the price for new, equivalent property. It is just a scam to fob off the public as the developers and land owners line their pockets and councillors congratulate themselves for raising more funds to waste and, off course, pleasing their masters.
Jane Oakes
Monday 18th September 2017 at 6:18 pm
Write to Kath O'Dwyer, Acting Chief Executive at CEC Westfields, Middlewich Road Sandbach CW11 1HZ quoting planning application 17/4521M if you wish to oppose the proposed direct access onto Stanneylands Road and the proposed development at Little Stanneylands - the queues will only get longer and today we have had a taste of what the future holds!!
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 19th September 2017 at 12:04 pm
After this morning's announcement of a formal Police investigation into the deliberately fiddled air quality figures, surely all CEC planning applications must be put on hold?
Buster Wild
Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 5:45 pm
If more residents stand for Independent councillors at the next local elections and we all vote for them we will have a council we can trust to serve us and not their masters in Westminster.
Kathryn Blackburn
Thursday 21st September 2017 at 8:41 am
Anyone remember the old Macclesfield Borough Council turning down planning on just larger stabling for Mr Lee on Little Stannylands ? Oh my how times change.
Lisa Reeves
Thursday 21st September 2017 at 12:47 pm
Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee are meeting at 7.30pm on Monday to discuss the latest list of local planning applications, including this one.

The meeting will be held at Wilmslow Parish Hall on Cliff Road, members of the public are welcome to attend.

Agenda is here -
Pete Taylor
Friday 22nd September 2017 at 2:08 pm
Here's what yesterday's men said about the Green Belt: