Cheshire East Council plans develop a park and ride scheme for Handforth will be considered by the Northern Planning Committee next week.
The Council says the primary aim of the scheme is to create a transport hub close to the railway station which will be used as an interchange between buses arriving from and departing to the proposed Garden Village at Handforth and scheduled railway services at the station.
The proposed scheme will also provide car parking, close to the station to ensure the development of the Garden Village does not exacerbate the parking congestion in and around the village centre.
Their outline application covers an area of 1.086 ha located on a small paddock of rough grassland which sits between St Benedict's Roman Catholic Church and Handforth Youth Centre, along with a small area of parking and grass to the west of the Youth Centre. Both areas of land are owned by Cheshire East Council.
It will provide a bus turning circle and shelter, 50 parking spaces required by the Garden Village, an additional 65 parking spaces for users of the station and village shops (funding of which is still to be determined) and 10 parking spaces suitable for disabled users.
It will also include secure locker parking for 36 bicycles, 8 motorbike parking bays, new pedestrian crossing points and resurfacing of footways.
In addition to retaining the access off Old Road, the proposal is to create a new access off Station Road which would require a number of trees to be removed.
Handforth Parish Council raised no objections to the application in principle, however they did strongly object to the singling of the carriageway over Station Road.
A number of comments have been received, some in support, some against and others raising specific issues associated with the development including concerns about narrowing the carriageway over the railway bridge, the need for bicycle lockers, car park management and height restrictions.
Additionally St Benedict's Church raised concerns about people parking in their car park ad the Scouts were concerned about safeguarding and the need for secure fencing.
The planning officer is recommending the Northern Planning Committee approve the plans, which can be viewed on the planning portal by searching for reference 20/2211M, at their meeting on Wednesday 13th January.