Councillors have gone against the advice of their planning officer by rejecting plans to demolish a detached house and replace it with a development of four new homes within the Wilmslow Park area.
The Northern Planning Committee refused to grant Wilmslow Park (GB) Limited planning permission to demolish Blackford, a 1930s property situated on a 0.462 ha site on Wilmslow Park North, and replace it with 4 two-storey detached dwellings with accommodation in the roof space.
Over 90 individual letters of objection from neighbouring properties were submitted raising concerns over that the development was out of character; would impact on privacy, contrary to the draft neighbourhood plan; overdevelopment and it would affect the views from the Bollin Valley.
Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee have recommended refusal of the scheme on the grounds of "overdevelopment of the site in terms of the proposed scale and height and therefore overbearing on neighbouring properties. The proposed development is out of character with the area and contrary to the Wilmslow Three Parks Planning Guidance document. The scale of the proposed loss of trees would also have a detrimental impact on the character of the area".
However, the Planning Officer recommending the application for approval by the Northern Planning Committee stating "The application is considered to address the issues raised in the Inspectors decision and crucially the visual relationship to Wilmslow Park North. It is considered to comply with policies SD2, SE1, SE2, SE3 and SE5 of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy; saved policies NE11, DC3, DC6, DC9, and DC41, of the Macclesfield Local Plan and the overarching umbrella of the Wilmslow Parks SPD and the Cheshire East Borough Design Guide.
"The very minor shortfall in respect of DC38 and the internal spacing within the scheme is acknowledged but a good standard of amenity for existing and future occupiers will be achieved."
After a lengthy debate by the Northern Planning Committee on Wednesday, 14th August, planning permission was refused with a majority of eight, with ten members voting against, one for and one abstention.
Councillor Iain Macfarlane said "Councillor Toni Fox, the Residents of Wilmslow ward councillor, called in the application and made the case that even with fewer dwellings on this plot the development would still be "overly cramped, incongruous, discordant and would be detrimental to the visual amenities & character of the area'. It was pointed out that the percentage of actual building area on the plot would be similar to the previous application.
"Over 90 individual letters of objection from neighbouring properties and the local area were received including one from Esther McVey MP supporting residents. Jon Newell spoke on behalf of Wilmslow Town Council's Planning Committee who recommended refusal on the grounds of overdevelopment of this site in Wilmslow Park in terms of the proposed scale and height and therefore overbearing on neighbouring properties which is contrary to the Wilmslow Three Parks Planning Guidance document."
A previous application for a residential development of six dwellings at this site was not determined and an appeal dismissed in February 2018.