Having been deferred due to insufficient information being provided, the controversial planning application for a new residential development on land north of Stanneylands Road will be discussed again by the Strategic Planning Committee next week.
David Wilson Homes' application to build 174 homes, on Green Belt land which is included in the Local Plan as a site suitable for up to 200 homes, was deferred at the meeting of the Strategic Planning Board on 22nd November.
This decision was taken for the following reasons; for the provision of visibility splays in respect of the private drives accessed from Stanneylands Road; details of the proposed roundabout; provision of a pedestrian crossing on Stanneylands Road; details of the route from the footbridge to Sagars Road; distances to local services and lack of information on ecology.
Since the previous meeting further information and plans regarding the above have been provided.
Additionally, whilst not a specific reason for deferral, the option of a pedestrian/cycle route from the site to Manchester Road across the Wilmslow Garden Centre has continued to be explored and the garden centre has now indicated they remain 'open to entering discussions with the Council or developer regarding use of part of the car park subject to agreement on terms'.
David Wilson Homes has agreed a financial contribution of up to £150,000 to provide this pedestrian/cycle link, but should it become clear the link cannot be provided the money will be put towards other schemes to improve connectivity between the site and Manchester Road.
Discussions have also been on-going over the future of the public open space and should the land be passed to the Council a commuted sum of £488,293 will be required to allow the management of the land over the next 15 years.
As the amount of open space exceeds the level of open space that would normally be required it has been agreed with the applicant the financial contribution of £122,000 for recreation open space, which has been earmarked for the Jim Evison playing fields, would be waived should the applicant decide to pass the land to the Council. Should the applicant decide to retain the land and manage it through a management company the £122,000 contribution will be paid.
The Planning Officer is again recommending the application for approval, subject to a Section 106 Agreement. This has been amended to include: an educational contribution of £499,567; contribution to indoor recreation of £25,500; contribution towards health provision of £185,679; contribution for monitoring of Travel Plan £5,000; provision of the bridge across the River Dean; a financial contribution to be agreed for the provision of a direct pedestrian / cycle route to Manchester Road or improvements to the local cycle and footpath network between the site and Manchester Road of £150,000 and a contribution of £80,000 for the junction of Manchester Road and Stanneylands Road.
The Planning Officer's report for the Strategic Planning Meeting concludes "The matters for which the application was deferred have been fully addressed. It has been demonstrated that adequate visibility can be achieved for vehicles leaving the site from the private driveways and the roundabout. The position of the pedestrian crossing is considered acceptable and the details of the type of crossing will be agreed through an additional condition on the decision notice. The site is a sustainable site and the proposals are acceptable from an ecological perspective. The application continues to be recommended for approval in accordance with the heads of terms above and the conditions listed in the main report."
The Strategic Planning Committee meeting will take place at 10.30am on Wednesday, 20th December at Macclesfield Town Hall.