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.