Plans for development of 217 homes on former Green Belt

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A reserved matters planning application has been submitted to Cheshire East Council for a residential development a parcel of land off Meriton Road in Handforth. (between Clay Lane and Sagars Road) in Handforth.

Anwyl Homes has recently acquired the site 8.35 hectare between Clay Lane and Sagars Road and applied for reserved matters approval (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) for the erection of 217 dwellings, landscaping, public open space, internal access roads, garages, car parking, and associated infrastructure.

The site was removed from the Green Belt and allocated for residential development of around 250 home in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy.

Outline planning permission for the residential development of up to 250 dwellings with 30% affordable was approved in 2018 (ref. 17/3894M) as well as access to the site from Meriton Road / Hampson Crescent following the demolition of 15 Hampson Crescent. All other matters were 'reserved' for future approval.

A separate planning application for the demolition of 15 Hampson Crescent, creation of the site access road, the diversion and culverting of Dobbin Brook and the creation of a temporary construction haul road was submitted to CEC on 5 April 2019 and is currently under consideration (ref. 19/1797M).

The development will comprise of 217 dwellings with associated car parking, garages, private gardens, internal highway network and areas of landscaped public open space. 30% of the dwellings proposed (i.e. 65 dwellings) will be provided as affordable housing.

There will be 19 different house types with a range of one, two, three, four and five bedroom detached, semi-detached houses as well as apartments. The affordable homes are positioned across the site and are provided in the form of both apartments and houses.

The reserved matters planning application can be viewed on Cheshire East Council's planning portal by searching for planning reference 19/2202M.

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Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Deleted Account
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 4:34 pm
Still seems like an awful lot of extra traffic pouring out into already congested Handforth Village...

But I guess Cheshire East Planning know better !?
Sheila Rovira
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 5:17 pm
We are gridlocked already because of traffic going onto the new bypass and building 217 more houses could mean 400 more cars onto our very busy road ,they will need doctors who are already over subscribed also schools that are already full on building all these houses they should have considered the traffic also doctors and school places should have been provided ,unfortunately handforth seems to be the main building part of cec ,but I think I’m wasting my time it’s probably already done and dusted .
Marcia McGrail
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 6:26 pm
Greedy developers, ignorant ministers, careless councils are the perfect storm when it comes to the acre by acre destruction of 'previously green belt' land.
When it's gone, it's gone. And they know that there is such apathy that we won't/can't do anything about it.
Denise Kennedy
Thursday 20th June 2019 at 11:54 pm
This situation has been terrible for my friend, she has wanted to sell her current home but the thought of building works traffic etc has put off potential buyers. I would be asking for compensation it's totally unacceptable that she's in this situation due to greedy developers and an uncaring council.
Guy Beardsley
Friday 21st June 2019 at 9:55 am
Marcia. Your home that you love was once a green field. Yet you are very happy to live there.
Deleted Account False Name
Friday 21st June 2019 at 12:50 pm
What's the point of a green belt if it can be undone and built on? It's basically just a reserved spot for the highest bidder. Pitiful.
Deleted Account
Friday 21st June 2019 at 1:03 pm
Hello Guy,

You say above that Marcia McGrail's home was built on a green field ?

But Guy, isn't where Marcia lives a private matter & not for debate in the public donain ?

Anyway, abandoned green belt issues aside, I think what protestors are saying is that the infrastructure (& particularly Meriton Rd & Handforth Village) isn't going to cope with the extra houses.

And as per, Cheshire East are not listening to reason.
Guy Beardsley
Friday 21st June 2019 at 1:43 pm
HI Martin

Where Marcia lives is absolutely not for debate in the public domain which is why I didn’t in any way try to start a debate about where Marcia lives in this public domain.

My point on my last comment remains relevant

Sue Hinchliffe
Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 4:40 pm
Are there any CEC or NCPlanning people listening. WHERE ARE THE SCHOOLS, DOCTORS etc. You wouldn't know infrastructure requirements if it slapped you in the face. Idiots the lot of you.
Audrey Youngman
Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 6:38 pm
Logic suggests you get the infra structure in place before you start building. Logic seems to escape the council - you have the idiots running the asylumn
Robert Collins
Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 10:15 pm
Hurrah! More and more houses, people, cars, congestion, pressure on services, etc., etc.
What is wrong with our councillors? Why can't they see the shortcomings of carpeting Handforth and Woodford with housing estates?
We already have 2 garden villages of sveral hundred homes within just a couple of miles of eachother. I just don't get it .. why can't they recognise, as we all do, the importance of green spaces for our mental health and wellbeing?
This is not Nimbyism - when it's gone it's gone. In 20 years we'll be back to choked roads and poor services; then what - is this progress? Totally unsustainable and desperately sad.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 26th June 2019 at 11:43 pm
I’m reasonably sure that all these matters were being progressed prior to the recent elections and have not much at all to do with our new Councillors.
Obviously it might take some time to turn the mighty ship CEC onto a course steered by the residents, rather than the developers.
Chris Wigley
Thursday 27th June 2019 at 7:17 am
The site at Clay Lane/Sagars Road and Handforth Garden Village are at the very north of Cheshire East and its borders with the country of Greater Manchester. When the previous council gave permission for both these sites to be developed (in the case of the latter I believe it owns the land) it effectively said that the green belt didn't matter and that it was happy for its northern border to merge into the suburban/urban sprawl of Greater Manchester.

Politically it hardly mattered to the then council as Handforth for many years had done the unspeakable and elected independent councillor and so the ruling group had little to worry about in terms of losing seats.

217 houses for this site and 2000 for HGV is a very lot of homes combined with those built on Stanneylands Road and other areas of the adjoining Wilmslow. But the question that I never see answered is who are these homes target at? Are they for residents of our own county or are we seeking to attract people from other areas? This area of north Cheshire is an expensive one to buy homes and I well understand the problems of those who are trying to get their feet on the housing ladder, but are these development addressing this problems, true there will be a very small amount of 'affordable homes' but the vast majority will be well in excess of the £400,000 and outside the first time buyer market. It is true that these new homes may allow those already with homes to trade up and those free some cheaper homes down the line. However my suspicion is that we will see both developments suck in those from across the border, thus relieving the likes of Heald Green, Cheadle Hulme and Bramhall of some of there housing shortage at the expense of our own countryside, is this really what we want?

I saw in the Wilmslow Guardian an article on the new HGV with promises of shops and a bank. Given that Handforth, which I believe used to have 4 banks lost its last remaining one this year I wonder how likely it is the the banks will open a branch? With Handforth Dean Tescos, Boots and M&S on the doorstep how will any new shop in the HGV flourish, the retailers in Handforth already find it difficult to get enough footfall with Handforth Dean on its border.

Whilst Sagar/Clay Lane may be a lost cause, and I hope it isn't, I hope that the new Council will be far more concerned in looking after the Green Belt resources of our community than the previous one which seemed to he hypnotised by the prospect of enticing in more council tax.
Pete Taylor
Sunday 7th July 2019 at 7:23 pm
Frankly; the history here has been brushed under the carpet. One day, perhaps we will know who was trying to keep up with the Joneses. Allegedly.