Res­i­dents vow to fight green­belt homes ap­pli­ca­tion

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ANGRY res­i­dents have vowed to fight a pro­posal to build on the green­belt in Prest­bury.

More than 60 res­i­dents from Chelford Road, Col­lar House Drive, Pack­sad­dle Park and sur­round­ing ar­eas packed into Prest­bury Vil­lage Club to dis­cuss a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion which has been sub­mit­ted to Cheshire East Coun­cil.

The out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion is to build 15 houses on land des­ig­nated in the green­belt which is to the North of Chelford Road and lies to the western edge Prest­bury, ad­ja­cent to Col­lar House Drive. Five of the dwellings will be af­ford­able hous­ing.

A to­tal of 74 let­ters have been sub­mit­ted to Chesh- ire East to com­ment on the plans, all of which ob­ject to them. Prest­bury Parish Coun­cil is also against the pro­posal.

There is a sup­port­ing state­ment for the ap­pli­ca­tion by agent for the ap­pli­cant, JWPC Ltd.

It reads: “While the ex­ist­ing site is cur­rently un­de­vel­oped and falls within part of the Chesh- ire green­belt, there is a his­tory of rep­re­sen­ta­tions and in­spec­tor com­ments which have con­sid­ered the re­lease of the site from the North Cheshire Green Belt, even to the ex­tent that in 1982, the Lo­cal Plan In­spec­tor rec­om­mended re­moval.”

But pro­test­ers say that there are ‘no spe­cial cir­cum­stances’ proved for chang­ing the sta­tus of the land from green­belt, and that the ex­tra ac­cess points and ve­hi­cles that would use the road would cre­ate high­way prob­lems.

The meet­ing was also at­tended by Prest­bury ward Coun Paul Find­low, and Mac­cles­field MP David Rutley, who both vowed to fight the plans.

In a let­ter to the coun­cil ob­ject­ing to the ap­plica- tion, Mr Rutley MP writes: “I at­tended the packed res­i­dents’ meet­ing at Prest­bury Vil­lage Club, at which all those who at­tended op­posed the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment. I am in full support of this op­po­si­tion.

“The pro­posed de­vel­op­ment will have a clear harm­ful im­pact on the open­ness of the green­belt land ad­join­ing the Chelford Road. The pro­posal to build fif­teen dwellings on the land north of Chelford Road will per­ma­nently dam­age the green­belt. There is no ev­i­dence of ‘very spe­cial cir­cum­stances’ to over­ride the harm to the green belt.

“In ad­di­tion, there are ma­jor road safety con­cerns re­lat­ing to the pro­posal.”

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