Plans for housing development on site of former care home

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Plans have been submitted for a new residential development on the site of a former care home in Handforth.

Morris Homes are seeking planning permission for a development of 26 new homes on a 2.6 acre site on Sagars Road, which was previously occupied by Knowle House.

The site lies within the green belt and is currently vacant as the private care home was demolished following an arson attack.

The scheme is for a range of house types including 13 affordable homes and 56 parking spaces.

The 26 dwellings will include 3 two bedroom homes, 2 three bedroom homes and 8 with 4 or more bedrooms.

Additionally there will be 7 social homes consisting of 4 one bedroom dwellings and 3 two bedroom properties along with six 'Intermediate' residential units - half of which will have three bedrooms and half will have two bedrooms.

The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 20/3562M.

Planning Applications, Sagars Road


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

Jon Newell
Friday 28th August 2020 at 5:18 am
This seems ridiculous and illustrates how disconnected our planning processes are.

Here we have a long standing nursing home site being turned over the housing.

Simultaneously, we have, within half a mile, the hotly contested Handforth Road site where two perfectly good houses - situated amongst other residential houses of similar style -are to be demolished to make way for a nursing home. If we go just a little further, we have the proposal to demolish two more perfectly good houses on Manchester Road in Wilmslow to make way for another nursing home.

If the site in Handforth were available, why was there no attempt to direct those who claim to be motivated only by increasing the stock of quality nursing homes to the Sagars Road site? From the illustrative drawing with this article, it looks a much more suitable site.

As the current Conservative Government seek to reduce what limited influence our residents and their elected local representatives have on the Planning process, I fear we will be faced with a flood of ill thought out demolitions / replacements and extensions, both lateral and vertical, which will cause irreparable damage to our communities.
Nick Jones
Friday 28th August 2020 at 11:09 am
@ Jon .. Concur .. As a wider point, There are currently I believe 340 Local Councils in UK and the Govt now has plans, to replace all with 25 'Super Councils' as a 'cost cutting exercise'. That certainly dovetails in with their current 'steamroller' approach to Local authority planning depts, and use of a Govt Algorithm to build more in 'Shires' and less in city's ... ... [and we all know the damage that Algorithms have recently caused in education] ... So whilst already undermining elected officials, evidenced in this thread, continuation unchecked in this vein risks harming more Tory voters than most, A gift for opposition politicians !.. I doubt overall if it could ever be cost cutting, if anything it will create years of indecision and expense. Cheshire has always been a small county (600K Residents) and the paradox leading to its bifurcation in 2009 following The Local Govt Act, created more problems than solutions… It should not have occurred and the potential savings by re-merging are clear to see… But It is only since the last election and the 'grand depart' of the 'flawed old guard' that public confidence appears to now be improving. The way green belt decimation was mismanaged was instrumental in their demise. No one is against meaningful development, We have already built 1,265 above the annual LP requirement, and as Jim Hacker once said "..this government is here to govern, not merely preside like our predecessors did. When a country is going downhill, it is time for someone to get into the driving seat, and put his foot on the accelerator ".. How True !
David Jones
Monday 31st August 2020 at 7:27 pm
I remember the original house that stood there, all of the old road and rubble are still visible on the site. There was approved planning in 1987 for a 40 bed hospital, surely this has to be a much more favourable development site rather than digging up our green fields that are opposite. Given the current housing waiting list I think its great that there's 50 % affordable housing in the planning, this is exactly what Handforth needs.
David Smith
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 3:37 pm
Totally agree with you Jon so no point repeating what you have eloquently written. Except to add that as well as the two houses being demolished for a care home in Handforth there are plans to knock two more down on Manchester Road, Wilmslow to do the same there.
Not sure what you are hinting in your contribution Nick - your last sentence might be saying that putting the foot on the accelerator when going down hill just makes us go down hill even faster! Did you not mean the brake - or were you denigrating Boris Johnson's ability to do what is right by describing his actions in this way? If so, I kind of agree with you that he's turning out to be 'chief Muppet' of all that he surveys and controls and attended to by an array of Muppets going all the way down to the ones we put up with round here.
The problem is there are far too many 100% conservatives in this neck of the woods who wouldn't even admit to THINKING of perhaps, maybe, if all else fails. once in a blue moon, on the off chance of actually voting for any other party come a general election than the Conservatives themselves. Of course this couldn't be ANY reader of could it now?
John Harries
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 4:23 pm
Jon Newell sums up the local 'Monty Python' planning/care home scenario very well but with one notable exception - does anyone remember CYPRESS HOUSE, South Acre Drive, Handforth, SK9 3HN.
A relatively modern, purpose built residential and respite care facility that was all but 200M (on the doorstep so to speak) from this new proposition - it was closed down by CEC and is currently hanging about (waiting for planning/turnaround in the current business climate) to be turned into, yup, private residential properties!
CEC need money (after all you just can't waste dosh the way they do AND create grand schemes to rake in even more cash in order to keep playing their own version of monopoly); it's all a game of snakes and ladders/smoke and mirrors to them.
Sheila Grindrod
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 6:20 pm
Why cant this site remain for nursing home use instead of the other plans being offered.
Jon Williams
Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 6:34 pm
It never was a Nursing Home
John Harries
Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 8:34 am
Jon Williams - see extract from another thread on here dated 1st September

"Churchill Retirement Living are seeking planning permission to demolish Cypress House, located on the corner of Wilmslow Road and South Acre Drive in Handforth, and erect a replacement building containing 45 apartments for retirement living along with a guest apartment, communal facilities, access, car parking and landscaping.
The existing building, which was used as a nursing home until 2006 has been unoccupied since."

It's a sorry tale. The whole series of (mainly CEC) decisions - closures, fires, planning for/against nursing/care resources for local needs/requirements ALL (I suggest) balanced against the desire to generate more funds (...for our wonderful unitary organisation) to undertake daft convoluted 'cost saving' schemes, trash the greenbelt (not entirely down to CEC but heavily supported by them against the wishes of the community they are supposed to serve) in addition to the numerous golden handshakes for over remunerated underachievers that, surprise surprise in the final analysis cost the community more and more cash - it's the economics of the mentally unbalanced!
David Smith
Friday 4th September 2020 at 6:49 am
John Harries: I AGREE. Thanks for your contribution.
Ross Shenton
Saturday 5th September 2020 at 2:45 pm
You are correct it was never a old peoples home, original it was one of the few large house in handforth and in fact sagars road was built to provide access to the house and then on to styal for the owner to short cut to the train station.

Eventually it was converted in to an unmarried mother home and gained planning for a 40 bed hospital as some one has quoted above before it was demolished.
The council built an estate called knowle park in its grounds.

The problem with the local plan was it looked at large strategic sites and these were passed before all the small brown field infill sites could be put into the equation.
There was no need to allow the whole site at the bottom meriton road to be developed,
surely saving our green fields that are farmed and worked is more important than rough building site that is unless for any other than development.

It is clearly previously developed land with drive way, power, sewer system and the remains of the old building

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