Plans to build around 180 new homes on former Green Belt land in Wilmslow are scheduled to be determined next week.
Royal London are seeking outline planning permission to build 60 homes on a 4.45 hectares parcel of land located west of Alderley Road (reference 17/5837M) which is owned by Royal London.
Secondly, they are applying to build 120 dwellings on a piece of land that is located to the northern part of the Royal London campus - between Alderley Road and the West Coast Main Line (reference 17/5838M). These properties would be a maximum of 4 stories high along the southern boundary and 3 stories elsewhere.
Both sites were released from the Green Belt in order to assist the Council in achieving a five year supply of housing and were allocated within the Local Plan for residential use. The Royal London campus site is also allocated for the provision of 5 ha of employment land and a hotel.
Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee recommended refusal of both planning applications.
Representations were received from 86 properties in relation to the site west of Alderley Road and 72 in regard of the Royal London campus plans.
The main points of objections were about the impact of the proposal on highway safety and an increase in traffic in an already congested area; too many access points along Alderley Road; loss of an open field, loss of trees and hedgerows, increased risk of flooding and lack of capacity in local schools, doctors and dental practices.
In support of the proposals people welcomed the provision of affordable housing within the development and the increase in footpath and cycle routes and felt that the local housing market is too constrained.
Regarding the planning application for a section of the Royal London campus, Wilmslow Town Council recommend refusal on the grounds of the traffic highways issues that would be created by access to the site at the proposed location and that the existing entrance to the Royal London development would be better used during both the construction phase and subsequently.
Alderley Edge Parish Council also recommended refusal as it felt the scheme was inappropriate development in the Green Belt and despite its being in Wilmslow they felt it would put strain on Alderley Edge infrastructure.
The planning officer is recommending that the Strategic Planning Board approves both applications at their meeting on Wednesday, 28th March, subject to a S106 Agreement.
The report states "The applicant is providing financial contributions required in order to make the development acceptable and is providing the full amount of affordable housing on site which is essential in order to make the development sustainable in the future. It is considered that the proposals are environmental, socially and economically sustainable and accord with the development plan and the framework. The site is sustainably located within the town and the proposals represent an efficient use of the land."
It continues "It has been demonstrated the development will not have a detrimental impact on the local highway network, the trees on and around the site or to local ecology. Although some matters must be dealt with by way of conditions at this stage.
"It is considered that the proposal represents sustainable development and accords with the development plan policies outlined in the report and national planning policy and guidance. Therefore for the reasons mentioned above the application is recommended for approval."
The applications are for outline permission for residential development, with all matters reserved except for means of access off Alderley Road, together with associated infrastructure and open space. Layout, scale, appearance and landscaping are reserved for future approval.