Decision due on plan for 161 homes off Dean Row Road


The planning application for a residential development at Heathfield Farm, off Dean Row Road in Wilmslow, is scheduled to be determined next week.

Taylor Wimpey are seeking planning permission to build 161 homes on a previously undeveloped greenfield site that was released from the Green Belt following adoption of the Cheshire East Local Plan.

The 6.4 ha site is owned by Taylor Wimpey and the majority of it has been allocated for residential development in the Cheshire East Local Plan for around 150 houses. However, a small area of land to the south of the allocation, which is safeguarded for future development, is also included within the application boundary for drainage and landscaping.

The scheme includes 161 dwellings and associated access along with the provision of public open space and landscaping.

The development will comprise a range of house types including townhouses, semi-detached, detached houses and apartments. The proposal is for 12 one and 12 two bedroom apartments, which will be affordable, along with 14 two bed affordable semis, 74 three bedroom houses, of which ten will be affordable, 35 four and 14 five bedroom houses.

Wilmslow Town Council recommended refusal of the application due to the use of the safeguarded land and raised concerns regarding the delivery of infrastructure.

Twenty-three letters objecting to the scheme were received, amongst the concerns raised were lack of infrastructure, impact on wildlife, loss of view to the Peak District, increased traffic adding to existing congestion, loss of green space, new buildings should be a maximum of two-storeys, impact on drainage and developments of this size should have more than one entrance.

The Planning Officer is recommending that the Strategic Planning Board approves the planning application, reference 17/5637M, at their meeting on Wednesday, 28th February because it "complies with all relevant policies of the development plan and is therefore a sustainable form of development".

The recommendation is subject to a Section 106 Agreement which will include an education contributions of £466,882, an indoor sports contribution of £22,500, recreation and outdoor sports contribution of £1,000 per family dwelling and £500 per two bed apartment and a healthcare contribution of £167,652.

If approved, work is expected to commence on the development in 2018 and the construction period is likely to last 4 years.

Dean Row Road, Heathfield Farm, Planning Applications, Strategic Planning Board


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

Jon Newell
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 5:15 pm
From the map as it appears on this web site, it seems to have no way in / out. In fact, the only way in is from the existing roundabout at the far right / east (depending on your geography preference). This does not show up on the illustration with the article.

That is; we have cul de sac of 161 homes. The development is so concentrated that there will be an immediate parking issue on completion. Many of the properties do not have garage parking. This will be a problem for this site because all parking - of whatever kind (resident, visitor, deliverieries, bin collection) will need to be dealt within the site boundaries. There is no where else to park. A recipe for major disputes between neighbours.

I note that Wilmslow Town Council are on top of this and have made their objections clear. It is be hoped that this point is pressed home at the meeting on 28 February.

I also note that there are a number of comments about ensuring there is adequate drainage. I frequently walk past this site and, over the past three months, it has been almost waterlodded. It is to be hoped that the proposed developer has built enhanced drainage into the plans and costings.

And, just for good measure, I object to three storey houses in such developments. They do not contribute to the need to provide housing and exacerbate the parking issues.
Barry Stafford
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 5:18 pm
Another regular developer snapping up greenbelt.So greedy, they can pay so much S106 monies to the council. Instead of this going into CEC bottomless pit.Perhaps it can go towards developing the old REX cinema.Lots of enthusiasm for a local cinema. Baz
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 7:55 pm
There are some classic statements in that report to the Strategic Planning Board. Apparently it contains a " community orchard" and when you read statements like Cheshire Design Guide is "not a hard and fast rule" you know it roughly translates as, "we know that there are tiny plots, and there is parking on the road and we know that it these houses will not match the surrounds, but we need the cash." I wouldn't mind so much if they just told it as it is.
Margaret Mason
Wednesday 21st February 2018 at 8:47 pm
This would add to the already heavily congested traffic problem morning and evening we have on Dean Row Road. They say affordable but not much has been built around here over the years that is affordable to most young people and families.
Paul Hampton
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 8:27 am
Any approval should be conditional on improvements to access to the A34 at Summerfields. Long tailbacks there most weekday mornings.
Terry Roeves
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 11:10 am
Paul, My understanding was that s106 monies for access to the A34 at Summerfields was in the Adlington Rd agreement. CEC have it and won’t spend it, just like the £million or so Wilmslow builders have passed over.
I’m very happy to be corrected on this point and for us all to hear when the work will be undertaken.
Simon Pollard
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 1:12 pm
Unlikely to be given permission as it isn’t Orbit/Emerson/Jones!!
Thursday 22nd February 2018 at 2:33 pm
Simon - wouldn't be too sure about that. Cheshire East wants it built as quickly as possible - almost all the developments in the North of the Borough will have more than one developer involved.
Neil Chapman
Friday 23rd February 2018 at 3:43 pm
What worries me about these large new developments is the complete lack of consideration to the disruption to locals living in the area by the contractors doing the building work. Can you imagine how many temporary traffic lights will be in use over 4 years !!! First the electricity companies, then water companies, then gas companies. Then back to the electricity company that have a problem with the first job!!! Then the poor quality reinstatement of the road surface that will break up at the first sign of frost !!! Whilst the building companies get rich you community is ruined.
Deleted Account
Saturday 24th February 2018 at 5:09 pm
Hello Jackie Pass,

I note from the plan that two of the southerly cul de sacs back onto what are currently empty fields. . .

So easy then in a few years for developers to root the hedge up and build even more houses, put even more pressure on the infrastructure etc etc

Dean Row Road for a start is currently heaving at peak travel times.

Imagine the impact once all the houses on Bollin Park, Dean Coppice & Woodford Garden Village are occupied followed by yet even more on an extended "Heathfield Pastures " ?

Martin Kitchin
Helene Marshall
Sunday 25th February 2018 at 9:00 am
Margaret Mason - the term ‘affordable’ housing does not mean affordable to buy from the developer. It means social housing. There is no pressure on a developer to build smaller houses that a first time buyer might be able to afford.
Tuesday 27th February 2018 at 2:04 pm
Martin - suspect that one of those empty fields is for the "retirement village" mentioned in of the documents developers submitted in the Local Plan consultation. This translates as, "we know that field is waterlogged, and that there are heritage assets nearby but we could cram in semi detatched bungalows which won't require deep foundations and will miss the pylons".