Plans to demolish a detached house and replace it with a development of four new detached houses within the Wilmslow Park area of Wilmslow are set to be determined by the Northern Planning Committee next week.
Wilmslow Park (GB) Limited are seeking permission to demolish a 1930s property situated on a 0.462 ha site on Wilmslow Park North and replace it with four detached houses of variable sizes. Plot one, which is the first house on the approach to the site, would be smaller than the other three.
All four houses would be served by a private drive with access from Wilmslow Park North and each house would have three parking spaces.
The application has been called in to committee by Councillor Fox for the following reasons "Plot 1. Insufficient parking - 2 space for a 4 bedroomed house. DC6. Circulation and Access. No swept path analysis for refuse vehicles. Insufficient daylight amenity within the site. Excessive loss of trees on site. Plots 3 & 4 with accommodation in the roof space close to neighbouring boundaries and impact on neighbours privacy. Impact on street scene from the protected Bollin Valley - street scene should be submitted. Cross sectional drawing demonstrating relationship with neighbouring properties; Oak House, Woodbank and Garth Heights should be submitted as they are significantly lower than the site. Distances from Plots 2 & 3 to Flats 7 & 14 of Garth Heights should be clarified. Similarly the distances between Plot 1 and Woodbank. Contrary to The 3 Wilmslow Parks SPD - out of character and appearance of the area. Height, mass, bulk and density would be an overly cramped, incongruous, discordant, alien feature in this location and be detrimental to the visual amenities and character of the area."
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".
Over 90 individual letters of objection from neighbouring properties and the local area have been received by Cheshire East Council. The points raised include: out of character; overlooking and impact on privacy, road inadequate due to blind bend; contrary to the draft neighbourhood plan; overdevelopment/cramped; loss of trees and it would affect the views from the Bollin Valley.
Having considered the issues raised the Planning Officer considers the proposals to comply with National and Local Policy and is therefore recommending the application for approval by the Northern Planning Committee on Wednesday, 14th August.
In a report prepared for the Planning Committee the Planning Officer stated "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."
A previous application (reference 17/3115M) for a residential development of six dwellings at this site was not determined and an appeal dismissed in February 2018.