Decision due on controversial plan for 250 new homes in Handforth

A controversial planning application for a new residential development of up to 250 homes on land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road in Handforth is scheduled to be determined next week.

The scheme from HIMOR (Land) Ltd, which has resulted in nearly 400 letters of objection, also includes demolishing one residential property at 15 Hampson Crescent, in order to provde a new access for vehicles.

The 8.35 hectare site, which is currently used as agricultural grazing land and consists of three fields, has been allocated in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy (LPS) for the delivery of 250 dwellings.

It is proposed that 75 of the 250 properties will be affordable housing. All other matters (layout, scale, appearance and landscaping) are reserved for future consideration.

The Strategic Planning Board will consider this planning application (reference ) at their meeting on Wednesday 25th October when the Planning Officer is recommending it for approval subject to a Section 106 Agreement

A report prepared for the meeting states "The applicant is providing financial contributions required in order to make the development acceptable and is providing the full amount of affordable housing on site which is essential in order to make developments sustainable in the future. It is considered that the proposals are environmental, socially and economically sustainable and accord with the development plan and the framework. The site is sustainably located within the town and the proposals represent an efficient use of the land."

The Planning Officer continues "It has been demonstrated the development will not have a detrimental impact on the local highway network, the trees on and around the site or to local ecology. Although some matters must be dealt with by way of conditions at this stage.

"It is considered that the proposal represents sustainable development and accords with the development plan policies outlined in the report and national planning policy and guidance. Therefore for the reasons mentioned above the application is recommended for approval."

Both Handforth and Styal parish councils objected to the development on the grounds that inadequate access is proposed, the development results in a significant increase in traffic, local schools and doctors surgeries are over subscribed, proximity of three storey properties to existing houses, unacceptable impact on trees, impact on the ecology of Dobbin Brook and increased risk of flooding

Styal Parish Council also stated that the site was part of the Green Belt and alternative sites should have been considered for development.

Cheshire East Council also received 397 letters objecting to the proposed residential development.

In order to alleviate the forecast pressures on education, the developer will be expected to make an education contribution of £741,180.00 which has been agreed by the applicant and is subject to change when the final form of development is known and will be delivered through the S106 agreement.

The developer is also expected to provide a bridge across Dobbin Brook, a contribution for a path from the site to Meriton Park, a contribution towards Recreation and Outdoor Sport, £34,500 for improving facilities at Wilmslow Leisure Centre and a contribution towards improvements at Handforth Health Centre. Additionally they will provide £18,000 towards improvements on Clay Lane and £85,000 towards footpath improvements in the Dean Valley.

The outline plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/3894M.

Planning Applications


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

Nick Jones
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 3:49 pm
After the local plan fiasco, justding by the track record of CEC .... 400 objections will just be ignored.
How can this not affect the road networks , school places, etc...
Chris Bentley
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 5:08 pm
Is this the same Council that 'tweaked' a few reports on traffic pollution? Have objected to Lidl expanding and whose many members and employers have not had to endure the traffic congestions in and around Handforth, Wilmslow and Styal for god knows how long? Who also don't have to wait weeks for an appointment to the GP.

I wonder if any of the members and employees would like to actually drive down Meriton Road and then knock on every door, look the families in the face and state whole heartedly that additional traffic of a minimum of 250 cars going up and down there is not going to cause issues. Let's not forget the 175 homes proposed on Stanneylands and thousands the other side of Handforth.

Absolute numpties - the lot of them
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 5:31 pm
So going for "outline planning" - which is more than they did for Adlington Road - wonder why? If the Strategic Planning Board meeting is anything like the former, then don't hold your breath.....
Estelle Lewis
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 10:48 pm
What a load of twaddle - it's a foregone conclusion - these houses will be built and x number of councillors will have a nice backhander!
Paul Tracey
Thursday 19th October 2017 at 12:13 am
I am so glad I do not drive around here. I walk and I can see the increase in traffic already due to the current roadworks. But, this is going to be an everyday occurrence when these new homes are built, and the others that are also happening.

I honestly wonder if our representatives at CEC have any concern over the locality. I suspect their purses are increasing commensurate with the traffic.
Patricia Chrisp
Thursday 19th October 2017 at 7:24 am
I am a resident of Windermere Road overlooking these fields. I and many of my neighbours purchased our properties because of the outlook. Can we now expect compensation for the drop in value to our properties? I doubt it. The roads in Handforth and Wilmslow currently are a Car Park - for several weeks I have had to take back roads to Alderley Edge and come back on myself just to reach Wilmslow in a timely manner. The by-pass has been choked, the village can’t cope with the traffic, the schools can’t take much more and our doctor’s surgeries are booked to capacity for weeks on end already. Sensibility has disappeared, consideration for the village is a minor concern to those who don’t live there and I for one have had enough.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 19th October 2017 at 5:36 pm
What are the "exceptional circumsatances" for building on this, or any other, Green Belt land in our locality?

The Westminster Government has been quite clear on this- why are CEC not?
Friday 20th October 2017 at 2:49 pm
"250 New Homes in Handforth"?. This site is not in Handforth. It is in a Wilmslow Ward - the Ward of Lacey Green, with Councillor Don Stockton representing it. This should read 250 New Homes in Wilmslow, in addition to the circa, nearly 1000 they have already allocated.
Richard Bullock
Friday 20th October 2017 at 3:45 pm
Jackie: It's in Styal's parish council area as well.
Friday 20th October 2017 at 5:15 pm
Thank's Richard, and since when has Styal been in Handforth? Perhaps the Conservative councillor for Lacey Green could enlighten us?
Greg Aspinall
Friday 20th October 2017 at 8:40 pm
Handforth residents object to overdevelopment and removal of precious Greenbelt land.

Development of land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road. Handforth
Site LPS 34 (formally CS49) 250 new houses.
Access via demolishing 15 Hampson Crescent and using Meriton Rd and Sagars Rd

Cheshire East Council will hold a meeting of the Strategic Planning Board to discuss the above access proposal for site LPS34.

Members of the public are welcome to attend on Wednesday 25th October, 2017 at 10.30 am
Meeting venue: The Capesthorne Room - Town Hall, Macclesfield SK10 1EA

To see CEC’s report and recommendations, follow the link:

If possible, please attend this meeting to demonstrate our concerns. Hundreds of written responses have been made by residents, objecting to this, and other proposed development sites in the immediate area. CEC note some of the points raised and claim, in the report above, to have addressed them. Untrue!