Plans unveiled for residential development on Alderley Road

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Plans for a proposed residential development of 54 homes on land at Alderley Road in Wilmslow have been revealed.

Story Homes is preparing a reserved matters planning application for their proposed scheme which includes a mix of one, two, three, four and five bedrooms with 2 and 2.5 storey homes delivered in a range of apartments, terraced, semi-detached and detached houses. The draft layout shows the proposed residential development of 54 homes includes 16 affordable units (30%).

The site is allocated for housing in the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy (adopted in July 2017) under Strategic Site 54. It is part of a wider mixed-use allocation proposing a total of 175 houses (around 75 on this site). In October 2018, outline planning permission was granted for up to 60 homes on Land to the West of Alderley Road, Wilmslow (under planning reference: 17/5837M).

The homes will be accessed from a single point from Alderley Road (approved through the outline permission). The layout includes an area of public open space in the southernly section of the site and there will be an equipped play area.

Story Homes is consulting with local people until 13th August 2021.

If you would like to provide feedback on the proposals, please submit your views by clicking the 'submit your views' button. Alternatively you can email [email protected] or you can write to us by 13th August 2021; Story Homes, Kensington House, Ackhurst Business Park, Chorley, PR7 1NY.



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

Jon Newell
Tuesday 3rd August 2021 at 2:33 pm
There is no such thing as a 2.5 storey house. They exist only in the imagination of those architects with no knowledge of basic English.
If, on the upper floor, an adult can stand up and look out of a vertical window, then you have a three storey house.
To call it anything else is disingenuous and misleading.
Stuart Redgard
Wednesday 4th August 2021 at 4:19 pm
My understanding is that tere is a restricted covenant on this land, but that doesnot stop it being pallocated for development. I just hope that the local resident can group together to ensure that a civil case is brought to seek an injunction. Sound like just the job for a comunity interest Company to be set up to take on the case. I'm willing to give it a go. Any other takers?
Christine McClory
Thursday 5th August 2021 at 8:02 am
There most certainly is a covenant not to build on this land.
Apparently it was placed there when Fulshaw Hall was built, in order that the view from the house was not spoiled.
The Archeologist and Historian Clare Pye could tell you more.
Pete Taylor
Friday 6th August 2021 at 9:46 am
As one of the Covenant Holders (there are quite a number of us) it has been particularly frustrating not getting any replies from Story Homes (the "preferred buyer") about when they propose to engage with us regarding the Enduring Covenants, which sit with the land. These Covenants forbid the erection of any form of building, for all time.

This agricultural land was voted out of Green Belt protection by the then Conservative CEC Councillors, who were in a desperate rush to get their flawed Local Plan passed (at any costs) at the second attempt. The inflated number of houses "required" was subsequently reduced and CEC have now granted far more Planning Permissions than were "required" for the next ten years.

In an ideal world CEC would declare a moratorium on granting even more speculative house planning consents and re-examine OUR Green Belt in the light of current environmental thinking.

Regarding the proposed houses: they do not accord with CEC Planning's own Supplementary Guidance document (this also covers Wilmslow Park and Pownal Park). The design, type and massing/density pays no regard to the existing houses and surrounding areas. Simply chucking up a "could be anywhere toy-town estate" at the green Southern Gateway to Wilmslow really is beyond belief.

For Story Homes to produce this "Consultation" just after the CEC Planning consultation has closed is reprehensible.
Manuel Golding
Friday 6th August 2021 at 2:23 pm
A 'huge thank you' is due to the previous Conservative controlled Cheshire East Coubcil when Wilmslow;s five Conservative councillors all voted to destroy the Green Belti defiance of locals wishing to preserve these green belt areas, therefore not for the benefit of Wilmslow;s residents but purely to satisfy the dictatorial ego of the then Conservative CE leadership and to satisfy the gluttony of uncarring, overtly greedy developers and land owners ( Royal London being one of them). The infamous Wilmslow Five Conservative councillors certainly let their voters and residents down with no mitigating benefits offered to the town.Thus was born Residents of Wilmslow but the damage was done before RoW which has been struggling to achieve some benefits for the town ever since.
The managed to implement the Wilmslow Parks' Plan, covering Pownal Park,Wilmslow Park and Fulshaw Park under CEC's Supplementary Guidance document and the latest protection under the recently approved Wilmslow Neighbourhood Plan.
However, we now see the likes of Story Homes attempting to disregard these because they would restrict their ability to earn mega profits whilst at the same time putting two fingers up to neighbours and Wilmslow at large.It is obvious the developer's greed will outweigh their questionable morality and good neighbourlyness. The Fulshaw Park covenants were entrusted to the town in the mid 1800s to ensure a decent order for future development, which we are not now seeing on the West field or at Royal London's former office complex.
Story Homes desires to maximise the West field with over development with properties contrary to Fulshaw Park ' designated build type - the more Story can squeze in the bigger its profits - greed is its only motivation, not community.
These are consequences of the mindless Conservative Wilmslow Five councillors (none of whom dared to standup to their then but now disgraced leader). They have al been swept away, bar one currently, by Residents of Wilmslow's new councillors who work for and with their voters.So do not be deluded by any Conservative candidate or officer attempting to throw their dirty bath-water over the current RoW councillors or the RoW candidate who will be standing at the forthcoming Dean Row CEC By-Election. We are clean, we have no hidden agenda or lockedaway dark-history (ask Consetrvatives about Macclesfield's hidden report on their Lyme Green fiasco?).
Story's and other developers greed will try to ignore all restrictions on their aspirations-they have no care for turning towns intolook,as Pete Taylor puts it "anywhere toy-townh".Alderley Road (Wlm N.Plan, is designated as a green entrance to Wilmslow - in the face of house builder;s greed let's see how long that lolds sway?
Three things we all must do 1) state your opposition on CECs planning site,2) reply to the Story Homes disingenerous belated attempts to curry local support by statiung your opposition and 3) support your Residents of Wilmslow candidate and councillors - they are the only people who will listen to your concerns and stand-up for you,they don't offer cheap lipservice as we had for years from all our Conservative CE councillors.
Ian Forde-Smith
Saturday 7th August 2021 at 2:36 pm
Absolutely agree with both Manuel and Pete - very well articulated. As residents we have collectively appealed and objected to all proposals for the development of this land and all have been ignored.
The current proposals again are a gross over development of the site with no regard for increased traffic on a main route into Wilmslow nor consideration for adding extra strain on drainage systems, plus this development will exacerbate the increased levels of flooding we have seen in recent years towards to the south of Alderley Road - despite the best attempts of Royal London to mitigate it !! Even now they are frantically installing more drainage to try and prevent this - well good luck on that one as you're trying, as Canute did, to stop the tide and considering this area is a designated flood area I don't rate your chances !
With specific regards to Story Homes, it is interesting to read the countless tails of woe from existing owners of Story Homes, sighting a total lack of respect for peoples complaints about poor build quality and issues they have with their homes. If you look at Story Homes trust pilot scores these are very telling - over 30% of people rate them Bad or Poor - how did they become the "Preferred Builder" for this land is a question I'd like answering ?? Their designs fully ignore the Fulshaw Park's designated build types and styles, which worryingly already demonstrate a blatant disregard for such matters and clearly put profits first above all else !
On the whole, this site should NEVER have been designated for use as building land and I just hope that the covenant holders can legally enforce their rights to prevent any building on this land.