Plans for Handforth Garden Village to be revealed at public exhibition

Cheshire East Council's development company, Engine of the North, is preparing to submit a planning application for The Garden Village at Handforth in the coming weeks, and will shortly conduct public consultation on the proposed planning application.

The proposed site is bordered by the A34 to the west and the A555 (Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road) to the north. Subject to receiving planning approval, the new village will provide 1,675 new residential properties. This will include a range of housing types and tenure; including affordable and starter homes, family houses and apartments.

It will also include bungalows suitable for older people and up to 175 extra care housing units for older people who need care. The village will also include employment land and a village centre with shops, pub, restaurants, etc. Other new facilities will include a primary school, children's day nursery, sports facilities, and a village hall. In addition, there will be around 47 hectares of green open space.

The planning application will be a 'hybrid' submission, with outline permission being sought to establish the principles for housing and the wider site layout, and detailed permission being sought for the site accesses, infrastructure and public realm to create the village centre.

As part of the public consultation process, an exhibition of the proposals will be on display at Handforth Youth Centre, Old Road, Handforth, SK9 3AB on Wednesday 16 January, from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Members of the Engine of the North team will be on hand to answer any queries about the project.

Councillor Jamie Macrae, chairman of Engine of the North, said "The Garden Village at Handforth will see around 1,675 new dwellings - homes and extra care units - built in the north of the borough, including affordable and starter homes for young people, family houses and accommodation for older people."

Councillor Macrae added: "We want The Garden Village to be a true sustainable 'lifetime' community, where people of all ages can live, work and play. Engine of the North will act as lead developer on behalf of the council and will soon submit a planning application to deliver the necessary infrastructure for the site and the public realm to create the village centre. Before we submit our planning application, we would like to give the community a further opportunity to comment on the proposals and I'd like to encourage people to participate in the forthcoming public consultation."

Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council's executive director for place, said: "We welcome this public consultation by Engine of the North and would encourage people and interested stakeholders to take this opportunity to share their views on the proposals."

For those unable to attend the public exhibition, further information will be available on the dedicated website, where feedback can also be submitted.

In addition, Cheshire East Council will conduct their own statutory public consultation on the planning application in due course.

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Pete Taylor
Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 4:32 pm
No Secondary School?
Julian Barlow
Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 4:59 pm
Pete Taylor- Well done for spotting that glaring omission amongst the beautifully crafted sound bites. I believe that the Wazzocks Of The East will be consulting with The Engine Of The North, who in turn will be forming a strategic partnership with Piston Your Chips.

I think we can all agree that nothing says "sustainable" quiet like turning a load of fields into 1675 houses.
Roger Bagguley
Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 8:03 pm
On behalf of Residents of Wilmslow (RoW) I require to see what plans are in place to accommodate all of the additional pupils coming with, not only the CEC Local Plan developments, but the emerging Plan for GMC, which looks likely to add another 3000 houses to the land just the other side of the A555 new road. We are getting fed up with hearing about a phased increase in the size of Wilmslow High School without any apparent thought being given to the access and traffic and parking problems brought to neighbours of the school today.

There is so much land being assigned to commercial developments at Royal London and along the A34 from the railway bridge to the school that can be used to solve all of the traffic issues associated with the school that it beggars belief CEC is still ignoring reality.

What is required here is a new school within the Handforth Village development and measures taken to solve the traffic problems associated with Wilmslow High School today by reconsidering the land currently allocated to commerce.
Lynne Prescott
Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 3:09 pm
No Doctors surgery either - you can already wait 3 weeks for a non-urgent appointment in Handforth

... and I presume for 'restaurant' we can substitute 'take-away?
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 2:06 pm
According to the linked “Engine of the North” website, the period for public consultation ended on 22nd October 2018!

Unbelievable.
Geoff Ferguson
Thursday 17th January 2019 at 12:43 pm
I attended the public exhibition, not really that informative, although one interesting fact is that according to the "traffic model" there will be little impact on the road network by vehicles from 1675 houses and other buildings, well lets see how that works out shall we.
Manuel Golding
Friday 18th January 2019 at 1:38 pm
Frank Jordan, Cheshire East Council's executive director for place, said: "We welcome this public consultation by Engine of the North and would encourage people and interested stakeholders to take this opportunity to share their views on the proposals."
To Residents of Wilmslow's (RoW) misfortune in spending many hours of work in formulating responses to planning "public consultations" across the area, there is one indisputable fact & lesson we have learnt.
That lesson is that all these fine public relation words & phrases ( "welcome public consultations", we "encourage people", "interested stakeholders ...take this opportunity", "share your views" etc etc) is, for those sharing their views, a pointless procedure if those views do not accord with the planners' predetermined views. We have seen countless times, when questioning their views with counter suggestions, only to see them The misnamed "public consultation" exercise is quite simply a box ticking exercise for the planners; they are required by law to go through this pointless exercise and on the way the public is duped into believing their views are "important".They are indeed important to the planners who can assuredly tick the relevant boxes.
The whole process is a charade, planners know it and so does RoW.
Will CEC have a change of strategy? Judging by the meaningless double speak of Frank Jordan & his like, I doubt it. Only when he and his ilk change their worn out PR script to something that sounds honest & meaningful will we perhaps begin to believe these talking heads.
By the way, would someone please explain what his overblown & meaningless title, "director for place", actually means and what place would that be???
Robert Collins
Tuesday 26th February 2019 at 10:39 pm
Here's a radical idea - but one which is bound to find favour amongst our esteemed planners!
Instead of carpeting Handforth's remaining green fields with more and more homes and retail outlets, let's have a Country Park ('quality green space' in modern lingo) which the current residents can fully enjoy. Having been left to 're-wild' for several years this site is already full of established trees, shrubs and wonderful birdlife. Adding 2000 homes will seriously affect the quality of life for us all. It's a no-brainer!

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