Plans have ben submitted for a new residential development on Moor Lane in Wilmslow.
Elan Homes are applying for planning permission to build 14 homes at Yew Tree Farm which is located within within the North Cheshire Green Belt. The site is currently operating as an abattoir, however the owners no longer wish to run the facility at this location.
The 1.67 acre site comprises several buildings and structures associated with the abattoir along with areas of hardstanding, storage and car parking. There are three main buildings on the application site including a farmhouse, which is attached to buildings from which the abattoir operates, along with two buildings which are used for processing.
The scheme comprises a mix of 10 detached houses and 4 semi-detached dwellings with two 2 bedroom homes, two 3 bedroom, five 4 bedroom and five with 5 bedrooms.
The detached houses will be predominantly two storeys in height with two plots being 2.5 storeys and at least two parking spaces will be provided per plot. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will also be made available for each dwelling, as well as cycle storage facilities.
The existing access for vehicles will be retained to serve four dwellings fronting onto Moor Lane and an additional access will be created to the west of this to serve the rest of the development.
The owners of Yewtree Farm sought to establish the lawful use of the site for an abattoir and residential use, claiming the outbuildings have been in active use as a slaughterhouse since 2001, which was granted in June 2017.
The planning application stated "The approved decision confirms the extent of the existing residential and commercial use of the land within this green belt setting. This therefore means that the site comprises previously developed land."
The Stewart Milne Group were refused planning permission to build 21 dwellings at Yewtree Farm in January 2016 on the grounds that the proposed development would have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the development that exists on site, is inappropriate development in the Green Belt and no very special circumstances exist to outweigh the significant harm to the Green Belt.
Beyond the north western boundary of the site there is a storage building (associated with the abattoir) and undeveloped land which has been retained by the landowner and does not form part of the residential scheme - this is subject to a recent planning application for equestrian use.
The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/6269M. The last date for submitting comments is February 1st 2018 and a decision is expected by 14th March 2018.