Having been deferred last month, due to insufficient information being provided, the controversial planning application for a new residential development on land north of Stanneylands Road - on land that was released from the Green Belt following adoption of the Cheshire East Local Plan - has been approved today (Wednesday, 20th December).
The Strategic Planning Committee voted 7 in favour and 4 against (with 1 member abstaining) for the David Wilson Homes' plan to build 174 homes, which includes 24 apartments and 150 houses.
The accommodation includes eight 1 bedroom properties, nineteen with 2 bedrooms, thirty 3 bedroom properties and 112 properties with 4 bedrooms.
The scheme also includes a new roundabout onto Stanneylands Road, public open space, a pedestrian/cycleway connection between Linneys Bridge and the River Dean and a new bridge crossing of the River Dean.
Cheshire East Council received 815 letters objecting or commenting on the scheme.
Amongst the issues raised are: inadequate access into the site; increase in traffic and impact on highway safety; the proposed roundabout will not ease congestion; impact on drainage in the area; loss of trees; loss of Green Belt; over-development of the site and the footpath and cycle links should not cross local farmland.
Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee recommended refusal of this application on the grounds of inadequate access onto Stanneylands Road, stating that the primary access for the development should be directly from Manchester Road.
The Planning Officer recommended the application for approval, subject to a Section 106 Agreement which had 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 concluded by saying "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."