A controversial planning application for a new residential development of up to 250 homes on land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road has been approved.
The Strategic Planning Board agreed with the Planning Oifficer's recommendation and approved the plans at their meeting on Wednesday, 25th October.
Eight committee members voted for the scheme from HIMOR (Land) Ltd, whilst four voted against.
The 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.
Toni Fox, Independent councillor for the Wilmslow Dean Row Ward, is a member of the Strategic Planning Board and voted against the plans, which resulted in nearly 400 letters of objection.
Cllr Fox told wilmslow.co.uk "In my opinion those who voted for it did so because it is a site allocation in the Local Plan irrespective of the fact that the Inspector clearly stated during the hearings that not all sites would necessarily be considered suitable for development.
"It was approved irrespective of the lack of detail as to how the access - a new bridge - will be constructed in such a confined area; irrespective of concerns on access for large construction vehicles on a narrow residential road littered with parked cars; irrespective of the applicant refusing to advise if the cost of its construction will impact on the viability of the site; irrespective of the 400 objections from local residents and opposition from both Handforth Parish Council and the two Handforth ward councillors and irrespective of the concerns raised by the independent Traffic Assessment undertaken on behalf of Handforth Parish Council."
The Planning Officer's report stated "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."
It 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."