Objections mount over new homes plan for Lowerhouse Mill
OPPOSITION is building against an application for 42 homes at Lowerhouse Mill.
Rowlinson Investments Ltd has submitted plans for 34 homes and eight apartments on the land on Albert Road. Objections to the application have been registered with Cheshire East with concerns including flood risk and traffic on Albert Road.
Action group the Dean Valley Environmental Project (DVEP) is urging people to register objections to the application before the new deadline of Friday, October 24.
Elaine Stokes, from DVEP, said: “Residents are up in arms about the proposal which would double the size of the Lowerhouse hamlet.
“This controversial site is a flood plain for the River Dean.
“If this application is successful, a plan to build 45 houses on the opposite side of the road could follow.
“Access for local people is already limited along Albert Road, exacerbated at peak times by two primary schools, a fire station and a factory. Any increase in traffic will put children’s lives at risk.
“To help us avert a tragedy, please send a letter to the planning department at Cheshire East Council.”
The site was taken out of the green belt for industrial use many years ago but no development has been brought forward. There are calls for it to be returned to the green belt.
Bollington Town Council has recommended the application for refusal.
David Roberts, Rowlinson managing director, said: “Our proposal will provide the types of homes the town needs. We were guided by Cheshire East in a pre-application meeting.
“I attended a meeting in Bollington in February and listened to people’s views and we developed the proposals, taking on board concerns over traffic and flooding.”