Some local residents are objecting to Royal London's plans for a new access road off Alderley Road to serve land to the north of their campus because it will run close to their properties.
The proposed scheme will be part permanent and part temporary together with the provision of a temporary staff and contractor car park for a maximum period of 3 years, a temporary construction compound and associated landscaping works.
In the new Cheshire East Local Plan, which was adopted on 27th July 2017, the Royal London site (LPS 54) - including land west of Alderley Road - is allocated for mixed use development - including offices, a hotel, residential development, pedestrian and cycle links.
The proposal will provide access and parking for construction traffic and office employees during the construction of the new office development - providing 316 car spaces to ensure sufficient staff car parking is maintained on site during the build period.
The proposed site has no direct vehicle access and sits to the north of the existing Royal London campus. It is not within the green belt or within a conservation area.
The site would be accessed via a new entrance point off Alderley Road between Fulshaw Gate and the existing residential properties. The access road will run on the northern side of the existing bungalow, in an east-west direction. On the access road two spurs are proposed to provide access to the north and the existing campus to the south.
A resident of Whitehall Close said "I object strongly to the application for a new access road into the LP site54 from the east of Alderley Road. There is no reason to site the road so close to existing residential properties on Whitehall close . In my case the new road will be sited just yards away from my boundary wall with associated traffic pollution noise and vibration."
Whilst a resident of Harefield Drive objected on the grounds that "This application impacts on a major highway where there is a history of accidental death caused by a road traffic accident."
A resident of Fulshaw Gate contacted wilmslow.co.uk to say "I am affected as the only house that fronts to Alderley Road and isn't owned by Royal London. Residents of local roads are threatened by a new road in their back gardens."
He added "Our property is the only parcel of land not owned by Royal London within the boundaries of their Campus Development Framework. In our comments on that in July, we specifically asked to be consulted. Now, without speaking with us, they have sought Planning Permission 17/4469m to construct a new road and change Alderley Road to give access with a deadline in October for comments.
"Over the more than 40 years we have been here Royal London has bought up all the land around us – most immediately the next door bungalow which was gobbled up last spring."
Royal London is seeking permanent permission for the first 155 metre section of access road, to serve their campus along with temporary consent for the section that continues east from this point, together with a 316 space temporary car park.
The access is being proposed to serve two functions. In the short term, the access would serve the temporary car park that would be linked to the existing Royal London campus whilst the new office building is under construction and it would also serve as the construction access for construction vehicles. In the long term, the access would serve as a permanent access to future development on the site, in line with the the Local Plan.
The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/4469M. The late date for submitting comments is 19th October and a decision is expected by 30th November.