Decision due on plans to demolish house to create access for 200 new homes

Plans to demolish a house to create an access for a new residential development of over 200 homes are set to be determined by the Strategic Planning Board next week.

The applicant is seeing full planning permission for the demolition of 15 Hampson Crescent, the diversion and culverting of Dobbin Brook and the formation of both vehicular and pedestrian access from Meriton Road / Hampson Crescent including the creation of a temporary construction haul road and compound from Sagars Road.

The site forms part of site LPS 34 in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy which has outline planning consent for up to 250 dwellings. A reserved matters application is currently being considered for 217 dwellings.

The Planning Officer is recommending the application for refusal by the Strategic Planning Board on Wednesday, 24th July.

In a report prepared for the meeting the Planning Officer states "The proposed access through the site of 15 Hampson Crescent was approved as part of the outline permission and therefore no issues can be raised with regard to the principle of this in terms of highway impact or impact upon neighbouring properties.

"The application site is a Strategic Site within the CELPS, and in order for the allocated houses to be delivered on the site, construction access has to be achieved. The only options for this are via Meriton Road or Sagars Road. There is clearly significant local opposition to the use of either of these routes, which is acknowledged, however, one or both routes must be used.

"The advice from the Strategic Infrastructure Manager is that either road could be used, but it is recommended that both are used so that the burden is shared. The proposed access routes are therefore acceptable from a highways perspective. There is also no significant impact upon protected trees arising from the proposed development. Additional, more detailed proposals have also been provided for the Hampson Crescent access, Brook culvert, retaining structure and open space.

"As a standalone application, the submitted details do raise concerns in terms of the extent of biodiversity mitigation, the provision of pedestrian and cycle links to the east, and the form of the proposed landscaping. There is considered to be conflict with the development plan arising from all these matters.

"In addition, the construction access route and proposed site compound is located immediately adjacent to existing residential properties and is considered to result in an unacceptable level of noise and disturbance, contrary to policy DC3 of the MBLP and SE12 of the CELPS. Comments from the Environment Agency are awaited on whether the revised proposals for the realignment of Dobbin Brook are acceptable and will be reported as an update, as will comments from the LLFA."

The planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Planning Portal by searching for reference 19/1797M.

Planning Applications, Strategic Planning Board


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

Roger Bagguley
Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 2:02 pm
Having driven round this site accessing from Sagars Lane and exiting on to the roundabout at Lakeland I ask why this proposed development is not served from the main road at this point? What a nightmare coming up for residents of the local drives being proposed.
Philip Barton
Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 7:00 pm
Query the first comment. I have driven that route, 4by4 required! If you think clay Lane is a suitable access, think again, it's not adopted or 2way. Shortest access would be to station road, to add to the stanneylands development. No good way really. Maybe a reason to reject it.
Laurie Atterbury
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 7:04 am
Please not another 200+ cars!
David Smith
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 9:04 am
"... are set to be determined by the Strategic Planning Board next week."
Oh I see, so WE the residents don't get a say in all this? Do we want these changes to the area in which we live? Whenever there have been 'meetings/presentations' about roads, parking and housing it is always - "this is the plan we have come up with and it will start very soon. What do you think?'
Our ‘new’ councillors (aided by the continuing councillor Don Stockton of parking/housing/airport responsibilities in the last ‘regime’) seem to be setting out on the same old path of looking impotent and having absolutely no say in what goes on around here. Certainly no expression of what the residents who voted them in would wish.
We need some accountability of what is going on and who is doing/not doing what.
Roger Bagguley
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 12:31 pm

Just to clarify I am asking why accessing from the Lakeland roundabout is not possible?
Pete Taylor
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 3:14 pm
@David Smith, interesting points. I sense there is a wind of change at Cheshire East but it will take a while to change direction completely. There have been some departures from Planning and elsewhere, hopefully lessons have been learned. Hopefully no more deliberately falsified air-quality data will be used to grant planning consents. Hopefully Cheshire Police are still on the case, though why it is taking so long I can't imagine. I asked the PCC's office and 20 minutes later a senior officer from the Chief Constable's office was on the phone apologising about all the ongoing cases but he wasn't at liberty to tell me anything, because.... they were ongoing!

Did we ever get an answer, in public, to this sorry state of affairs:

"Wilmslow Civic Trust is calling for a planning application to be reconsidered by the Strategic Planning Board because the decision they reached last month was "unlawful". April 2018.

As we have the attention of the father one of the Councillors who voted to remove the Green Belt protection around Wilmslow on this thread, perhaps he can find out for us what the position is and report back?
Michael Maddox
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 3:35 pm
In response to Roger Bagguley. Clay Lane is a private single track un-adopted lane which would require permission from all the residents on the lane to be converted to a suitable highway to be used as access to the proposed housing.
As the Lane has a protection preservation order dating back hundreds of years, and would need the permission of the Owners and Residents, which would not be granted, is the reason why the Council is suggesting the access via Sagar’s Rd/Meriton Rd/ Hampson Crescent.
And if you have driven this route, you may have noticed that there is a barrier (which should have a Padlock on it) at the end of Clay Lane in the direction of Stanneylands to stop vehicular access from this direction!
Marcia McGrail
Thursday 18th July 2019 at 8:08 pm
There'll be a lot more of the [nudge nudge wink wink] cash changing hands under tables now that the removal of the Green Belt protection has been railroaded through.
Lots of obfuscation (see ) - or downright lies? - so that Joe Public hasn't a cat in hell's chance of knowing what's going on until it's too late.
What with Lidl ignoring planning officials; planning officials ignoring their civic duties; housing estates going up in unsuitable sites....makes you wonder how they sleep at night, doesn't
££££££ it?
John Harries
Friday 19th July 2019 at 9:22 am
Given the existing access constraints and objections which have been discussed at length in various threads on this forum and the fact that Jones' have passed on the opportunity of furthering the development (no doubt making a tidy profit on just proposing/gaining outline planning for a 'viable' project) the new footpads (err developers) are simply trying to make their investment, warts and all, work for them - that's what these people do.
Sagars Road/Meriton Road (already constricted by residential on-street parking) was never going to cut the mustard - not during construction nor when the 240+ homes and the upwards of the +1000 extra vehicle movements/working day it could generate via B5358/Wilmslow Road/Station Road; the new application to 'adapt' Sagars Road does not alter these fundamentals but it does spread the resident misery!!
I think a more recent suggestion to split the problem is a good one - let Handforth continue to reject and fight against any further proposals that 'improve access to/from the development' and let Styal do the same to prevent any further development encroachment from their side of the ward.
Fortunately, with it's existing and historical restrictions, Clay Lane offers a natural boundary and barrier that appears to be more or less insurmountable although reportably, a resident on the Stannelands Road side of the site (who's tried to fight this development from the very onset) may have now given up on the Panning (apologies) PLANNING Department and disposed of their home - to whom and for what purpose is the next big question
...and the good news, perhaps it's just possible that our local land baron (Jones's et al) has done the smart thing by choosing to fight the battles he knows he can win and maybe, just maybe more fool the wide eyed gullible new Welsh developer for buying into a pup - let's keep fighting and hope our new CEC regime grows some new teeth.
Chris Wigley
Tuesday 23rd July 2019 at 3:21 pm
I have read the comments and agree with those about the difficulty of access to this site and also with around 400-500 extra vehicles we will have upwards of 1000 exta vehicle journeys entering and leaving the development.

However I feel I am a lone voice (as I have said this before and no one has picked up on it) in asking if there is a housing shortage in Cheshire East if this in the executive house range where houses are selling at £450,000+. My understanding is that it there has been a lack of affordable housing for first time buyers getting on the house owning ladder. If this is the case then how is this site addressing the needs of Cheshire East? I really believe that this county's green belt has been sacrificed not on the altar of providing housing needs but in order to attract those living in Greater Manchester to a site in a good location and thus bring in council tax revenue.

A few days ago it was announced that in 2019 there had been a decrease in house prices, which may or may not be a result of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. I hope that we aren't going to get into the situation that happened in the Republic of Ireland when there was the world financial crash and whole housing developments were left unsold and some were bulldozed without ever being occuppied.