Royal London submits plans for 180 new homes

Wilmslow homes sketch-1

Royal London has submitted two planning applications to Cheshire East Council for homes at its site on Alderley Road.

The first application is for up to 60 homes on land opposite the Royal London Campus to the west of Alderley Road and the second is for 120 homes on the northern part of the campus site.

A spokesperson for Royal London said "Although the masterplans are indicative at this stage in the planning process, a range of housing is envisaged to meet a variety of local needs, delivering the highest quality throughout in keeping with local character and styles and respecting the landscape and heritage strengths of the Campus. One and two bed apartments suitable for first time buyers, or residents seeking to downsize, as well as three and four bed homes for growing families and young professionals, are all expected to be part of the mix."

The Royal London site is included in the recently approved Cheshire East Local Plan (including land to the west of Alderley Road) as a strategic site for employment use, a hotel and residential development.

Despite having been granted planning permission in 2016 for a new office development at their Alderley Road campus, Royal London Group confirmed last month that it is relocating to the Parklands building at Alderley Park.

The spokesperson added "Due to the residential planning applications seeking approval in detail for access, Royal London will also withdraw its previously submitted application, for an access road to be used by construction vehicles during delivery of new office buildings, as well as for a temporary car park for use by campus staff during this redevelopment. As a result of Royal London deciding to relocate to Alderley Park, there is no longer a need for a separate planning application."

Editor's Note: Once the planning application are added to the Cheshire East Council website this article will be updated with the planning references.

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Hilary Pinnock
Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 5:30 pm
I can't believe anyone is seriously considering this application. The traffic congestion on the A34 Alderley Road, the bypass and surrounding link roads is horrendous at the best of times. Why oh why is this even on the planner's table. Stop it. Now!
Mark Russell
Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 5:39 pm
Hilary, I wouldn’t waste your time. This will be part of the deal for them moving up the road. I will imagine this will fly through with no issues. (Silly hand shakes and all that!!)
Drew Donaldson
Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 5:52 pm
A classic lesson in being careful what you wish for.....
Richard Slater
Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 8:39 pm

Sent: 17 October 2017 10:53
Subject: Full council meeting

Hi Julie

Thanks for taking my call, please find my question below.

Which individuals at Cheshire East Council, including Executives, Officers and Councillors were involved in the formulation, planning and dissemination and delivery of the Cheshire East Council press release issued on Friday 28 July 2017 at around 16:00hrs relating to the manipulation of air pollution figures by Cheshire East Council. What date and time was the creation of the release first discussed and which individuals took the decision to release the information after the Local Plan adoption vote on 27 July 2017.

Many thanks

Richard Slater

Dear Mr Slater,

I refer to the question which you supplied to my colleague Julie North on 17th October, and respond as follows.

Firstly, I must make it clear that the alterations to the air quality data were undertaken by a yet unidentified individual (or individuals) who acted without the knowledge or instruction of the Council. The investigation carried out was to identify what figures had been altered so that they could be corrected, to identify who altered the data and, if possible, why.

The Council does not record the time and date that a draft press statement is first discussed, nor who contributes to its drafting. However, from our records it appears that an initial draft statement was prepared during the week ending the 21st July 2017. The draft was revised over the following week and a final draft was produced on the 27th July for approval by senior officers and members. The following individuals were involved in its drafting and/or approval:

Kath O’Dwyer – Acting Chief Executive
Sean Hannaby – Director of Planning & Sustainable Development
Fiona Reynolds - Director of Public Health
Natalie Robinson - Business Manager, Corporate Services
Michael Moore - Acting Corporate Manager, Communications and Media
Cllr. Rachel Bailey - Leader of the Council
Cllr. Ainsley Arnold – Portfolio Holder for Housing, Planning and Regeneration

The air quality statement was released as soon as it was possible to do so, factoring in a complex series of actions that needed to be undertaken including ensuring that the staff in the team had been appropriately briefed, HR processes had been commenced, key officers and members had been briefed and local MPs informed. As such, Friday 28th July was the earliest opportunity to do so following its approval on the afternoon of the 27th July.

Brian Reed | Head of Governance and Democratic Services
Cheshire East Council | 01270 686670 |
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 10:39 pm
Gosh; I am absolutely sure that our elected Conservative representatives will be positively tumbling over each other in their rush to respond.
Janet A Taylor
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 9:26 am
Not thought through at all by our councillors by initially removing green belt which enhanced and protected our town. Inevitably greedy developers have materialised, no surprises there.
CEC, by putting profit above people and not listening to council tax payers wishes,is facilitating the destruction of our lovely town.
Cheshire East , no longer somewhere to be proud of living. The whole thing is outrageous and so very sad for us residents to witness.
Oliver Romain
Thursday 16th November 2017 at 7:10 pm
Is there a map? Not sure which land this is.
Raymond Acton
Friday 17th November 2017 at 4:51 pm
The 60 homes ,Oliver, are planned to replace the farmed land across the road from the RL entrance. This is CheshireEast's way of keeping green separation between settlements and preserving a green gateway into Wilmslow from Alderley. Needless to say it was Green Belt in the days of MBC and then came the re-assuring cast-iron promise from CEC and our Chancellor-MP that it would be 'Safeguarded Open Space'. That's OK then...well, until it is very quickly re-designated, despite, I am quite sure, a spirited and resolute defence by our valiant Councillors. One's joy at this turn of events,however, must pale before the excitement building among dogs and children over the thought of the poorly-drained southern end of the plot being given over to a playing field.Well done,our local government!
Pete Taylor
Friday 17th November 2017 at 5:13 pm
The last piece of green between the Alderley boundary (Whitehall Brook) and Wilmslow’s first buildings at Donkey Lane. That’s it- ALL gone, well done to our 4 Tory CEC Councillors who’s voted to remove the Green Belt protection from around Wilmslow and Handforth.

Shameful and shameless.
Richard Bullock
Saturday 18th November 2017 at 1:28 pm
@Pete Taylor: Do the houses on Fulshaw Park South & Ashford Road not count then? Surely these are Wilmslow's first buildings - only a few metres north of the Alderley boundary.
Pete Taylor
Sunday 19th November 2017 at 10:05 pm
@ Richard Bullock: profuse apologies, there are five(?) houses whose lengthy gardens back onto Alderley Road, I had forgotten about them; despite walking past on a weekly basis over the last 20+ years. They did not even flicker on my radar as houses.
I'm sure that you will agree that the (soon to vanish) agricultural fields, however, do provide some green separation between Alderley and Wilmslow.