The planning application for a residential development at Heathfield Farm, off Dean Row Road in Wilmslow, is scheduled to be determined next week.
Taylor Wimpey are seeking planning permission to build 161 homes on a previously undeveloped greenfield site that was released from the Green Belt following adoption of the Cheshire East Local Plan.
The 6.4 ha site is owned by Taylor Wimpey and the majority of it has been allocated for residential development in the Cheshire East Local Plan for around 150 houses. However, a small area of land to the south of the allocation, which is safeguarded for future development, is also included within the application boundary for drainage and landscaping.
The scheme includes 161 dwellings and associated access along with the provision of public open space and landscaping.
The development will comprise a range of house types including townhouses, semi-detached, detached houses and apartments. The proposal is for 12 one and 12 two bedroom apartments, which will be affordable, along with 14 two bed affordable semis, 74 three bedroom houses, of which ten will be affordable, 35 four and 14 five bedroom houses.
Wilmslow Town Council recommended refusal of the application due to the use of the safeguarded land and raised concerns regarding the delivery of infrastructure.
Twenty-three letters objecting to the scheme were received, amongst the concerns raised were lack of infrastructure, impact on wildlife, loss of view to the Peak District, increased traffic adding to existing congestion, loss of green space, new buildings should be a maximum of two-storeys, impact on drainage and developments of this size should have more than one entrance.
The Planning Officer is recommending that the Strategic Planning Board approves the planning application, reference 17/5637M, at their meeting on Wednesday, 28th February because it "complies with all relevant policies of the development plan and is therefore a sustainable form of development".
The recommendation is subject to a Section 106 Agreement which will include an education contributions of £466,882, an indoor sports contribution of £22,500, recreation and outdoor sports contribution of £1,000 per family dwelling and £500 per two bed apartment and a healthcare contribution of £167,652.
If approved, work is expected to commence on the development in 2018 and the construction period is likely to last 4 years.