Residential development planned for abattoir site

Plans have ben submitted for a new residential development on Moor Lane in Wilmslow.

Elan Homes are applying for planning permission to build 14 homes at Yew Tree Farm which is located within within the North Cheshire Green Belt. The site is currently operating as an abattoir, however the owners no longer wish to run the facility at this location.

The 1.67 acre site comprises several buildings and structures associated with the abattoir along with areas of hardstanding, storage and car parking. There are three main buildings on the application site including a farmhouse, which is attached to buildings from which the abattoir operates, along with two buildings which are used for processing.

The scheme comprises a mix of 10 detached houses and 4 semi-detached dwellings with two 2 bedroom homes, two 3 bedroom, five 4 bedroom and five with 5 bedrooms.

The detached houses will be predominantly two storeys in height with two plots being 2.5 storeys and at least two parking spaces will be provided per plot. Electric vehicle charging infrastructure will also be made available for each dwelling, as well as cycle storage facilities.

The existing access for vehicles will be retained to serve four dwellings fronting onto Moor Lane and an additional access will be created to the west of this to serve the rest of the development.

The owners of Yewtree Farm sought to establish the lawful use of the site for an abattoir and residential use, claiming the outbuildings have been in active use as a slaughterhouse since 2001, which was granted in June 2017.

The planning application stated "The approved decision confirms the extent of the existing residential and commercial use of the land within this green belt setting. This therefore means that the site comprises previously developed land."

The Stewart Milne Group were refused planning permission to build 21 dwellings at Yewtree Farm in January 2016 on the grounds that the proposed development would have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt than the development that exists on site, is inappropriate development in the Green Belt and no very special circumstances exist to outweigh the significant harm to the Green Belt.

Beyond the north western boundary of the site there is a storage building (associated with the abattoir) and undeveloped land which has been retained by the landowner and does not form part of the residential scheme - this is subject to a recent planning application for equestrian use.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 17/6269M. The last date for submitting comments is February 1st 2018 and a decision is expected by 14th March 2018.

Moor Lane, Planning Applications, Yewtree Farm


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

Nick Jones
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 11:46 am
Refused planning permission for 21 dwellings on the grounds that the proposed development would “have a greater impact on the openness of the Green Belt making it an inappropriate development “ is a farcical reason when you look at the decimation of green belt The Wilmslow 4 CEC Cllrs and their colleagues have nodded through; Adlington Road, Royal London, Stanneylands etc etc ... Good use of this site for houses IMHO
Pete Taylor
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 3:52 pm
This might be different, as one of the four backs on to this place and objected last time around!
We’re all in it together.
Roger Bagguley
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 5:17 pm
It is different guys as the proposed development is on brown curtilage within the Green Belt and does not close down openness as did the 21 houses proposed by Stuart Milne, with a row of town houses directly behind the house of the said member of the Wilmslow 4. It is a case here of locals wanting shut of the abattoir and whether these 14 houses on brown represent a better option?
Nick Jones
Friday 22nd December 2017 at 6:40 pm
I didnt realise this was adjacent to one of the conveniently silent Wilmslow 4 cllrs who have engaged in duplicitous conduct to destroy green belt with their associates ... in which case this proposal becomes a wholly inappropriate development... 21 houses was never enough ! Perhaps it should instead be approved as an Airport City HGV lorry park, 50 industrial units, nuclear waste processing plant etc...
Deleted Account
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 11:09 am
Hello Nick,

How about an inappropriately big, pile 'em high discount supermarket with modular construction, mono pitch roof, delivery bay and all within feet of bedroom windows .

Ring any (Christmas bells) anyone ?
Nick Jones
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 11:30 am
Why not Martin.... !! Merry Xmas !!

But in reality we would discuss the matter in a meaningful way, listen to opinion of residents, not be duplicitous in our language and actions to them, utilise brownfield, and the many other issues these Cllrs ignored in THEIR ,, not the residents Local plan !

That 2019 election cant come round too soon to rid us of those who have failed this better deserving electorate !
Pete Taylor
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 12:45 pm
Brownfield site for a new Wilmslow tip... sorry waste-transfer station!

One of the fab four is now a subject-matter expert, after all.
Alan Brough
Saturday 23rd December 2017 at 1:42 pm
@Nick Jones,

I agree that 2019 cant come soon enough, but I have a horrible feeling that, Wilmslow being (true blue) Wilmslow, folk will just go out and do what they always do - oblivious to what is actually going on around them and the way in which their true blue (mis)representatives have sold them down the river.
Dave Cash
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 12:44 am
So the expected Planning Permission is finally made.
Reject the Application. The current owners can still sell the land, without prior planning permission, for a reduced price.
Until the impact of Rifleman's, Ned Yate's + other related Moor La developments can be assessed on Moor La usage, in respect of this Application.
Julie Dawn Potts
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 4:59 pm
Before ANY planning is looked into or agreed the surrounding infrastructure should be sorted out first in order to accommodate all the extra traffic and another access point should be found as Moor Lane and surrounding roads are already under siege from heavy concrete mixers, motorway heavy lorries etc not to mention all the additional cars which will be using the already over crowded Moor Lane, Chapel Lane and Buckingham Road areas!
Sue Hinchliffe
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 5:37 pm
There is some truth in Dave Cash's comment. The developments on the Riflemans and Ned Yates have set some sort of precedent. Julie is correct the about infrastructure and access. Traffic approaching the exit from Yew Tree Farm is totally obscured by a slight bend in the road and high hedges. I would presume (hmm this is common sense so perhaps not!!) that this will be taken into account when our glorious planning committee look over the application. I suppose that at the end of the day do adjacent residents want a small housing development or the throat gagging smell of chicken poo that wafts on the wind on a hot Summer day? I know what I'd rather have.
Barbara Scott
Wednesday 27th December 2017 at 8:04 pm
I live on New Street, building on the Riflemans has been horrible, large tractors and trailers taking all the soil etc off, big lorries delivering, cranes and things that go beep beep when reversing. Mess on the road which they clean off at night going up and down the road several times. The road is breaking up. Parking is difficult st times as the residents have not been given Resident parking, so anyone can park.
Dave Cash
Thursday 28th December 2017 at 1:52 am
CEC should provide DYLs within 15yds of a road junction, enforced by CEO or police.
Rifleman Contractors are Guilty of 'inappropiate' parking.