Revised Garden Village plans include expanded school to accommodate both primary and secondary

Revised plans detailing the proposals for the development of the Garden Village at Handforth have been submitted by Engine of the North, the property company owned by Cheshire East Council.

The proposal is to create one of the fourteen national Garden Villages on a 121ha site located to the east of the Wilmslow-Handforth Bypass (A34) and south of Manchester Airport Eastern Link Road (A555).

A hybrid planning application was submitted in May 2019 and this revised application remains in two parts:

  • Outline planning application, including: demolition works; around 1500 new homes; new employment uses; new mixed-use local (village) centre ; new green infrastructure; and associated infrastructure. All detailed matters (appearance, means of access, landscaping, layout & scale) reserved for subsequent approval.
  • Full planning application for initial preparation and infrastructure works including: ground remediation, re-profiling and preparation works; highway works; drainage works; utilities works; replacement A34 bridge works: green infrastructure works; and other associated infrastructure.

Changes and updates to the proposed development include:

  • Amendments to the Site Location Plan to correct ownership boundaries (west of A34),
  • Amendments to the Country Park (east end of village high street) to improve its design, levels, and future usage as a focal point for recreation.
  • Expansion of the School site to accommodate both primary and secondary school provision on-site, including sports pitch requirements.
  • Repositioning of the surface water drain pond linking to the watercourse at Spath Lane.
  • Inclusion of a Heritage Plan to protect the setting of the listed buildings at Dairy House Farm.
  • Provision of a potential Energy Centre to facilitate a district heating network.
  • Amendments to the replacement A34 footbridge, and associated planting, to further mitigate the impact on residential occupiers to the west.

The revised plans can be viewed on Cheshire East Council's planning portal by searching for placing reference 19/0623M. The deadline for submitting comments is 6th May.

Handforth Garden Village, Planning Applications


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Simon Rodrigues
Thursday 29th April 2021 at 11:01 am
Sounds and looks good, will it be council owned? Property company owned by Cheshire East so is it Cheshire East or not confused!
Andrew Backhouse
Thursday 29th April 2021 at 2:30 pm
Glad to hear they are talking of district heating as a means of tackling climate change, but felling all those trees planted across the area is awful, and are there lots of social houses too?
Stuart Redgard
Thursday 29th April 2021 at 5:51 pm
Simon Rodrigues

The vast majority (If not all) of the land is owned by Cheshire East Council. The planning application has been submitted by “Engine of the North (E.O.N)” which is a property company owned by Cheshire East Council.

My understanding is that once this planning application has been approved (by Cheshire East Council!), then E.O.N will be selling of different parcels of land to privately owned developers. As such all of the land (or most of it) on which the housing is built will be in private ownership.

But I could be wrong! :-)
Simon Worthington
Thursday 29th April 2021 at 6:18 pm
As a pal said “if all the governments can’t stop a virus how will milking the tax payer change the temperature”.
Man made climate change the biggest scam!!