Coleen gives hous­ing plan red card

Macclesfield Express - - MP IN TALKS OVER CARE HOME FUTURE -

COLEEN Rooney has hit out over plans to build houses near her £12m fam­ily home.

Fu­ri­ous Coleen, pic­tured, has sub­mit­ted a for­mal ob­jec­tion to the pro­pos­als in Prest­bury and claims the de­vel­op­ment could ‘ruin’ the up­mar­ket Cheshire vil­lage.

Her call to coun­cil­lors has been backed by many of her neigh­bours, who have posted ob­jec­tions along sim­i­lar lines.

They in­clude for­mer United de­fender Wes Brown’s wife Leanne and ex-Slade rocker Noddy Holder’s wife Suzan.

The plans are for 15 homes, an ac­cess road and a foot­path on land near to the Rooneys’ home.

The ap­pli­ca­tion is due to be de­cided by town hall coun­cil­lors next month and has so far at­tracted more than 60 let­ters and emails of com­plaint.

In her let­ter to Cheshire East Coun­cil, Coleen urges plan­ners: “Let’s not ruin our vil­lage.”

She goes on: “The de­vel­op­ment would be in di­rect con­flict with the na­tional pol­icy to pro­tect green belt land. That pol­icy is in place for spe­cific pur­poses and the de­vel­op­ment would im­pact detri­men­tally on the open­ness of the green belt.

“There is no ev­i­dence of very spe­cial cir­cum­stances re­quired to over­ride the harm to the green belt – the ab­sence of a five-year hous­ing land sup­ply in Cheshire East does not con­sti­tute very spe­cial cir­cum­stances.”

Manch­ester United cap­tain Wayne and his wife Coleen bought their eight-bed­room man­sion for £12m in 2013. Set on 20 acres, the plush prop­erty fea­tures a cin­ema room, bar and glass floors in the en­trance hall.

The plans have been lodged by de­vel­op­ers Har­vey Wood In­vest­ments Ltd for a 3.36 hectare plot of land to the west of Prest­bury. Plan­ning doc­u­ments re­veal five of the pro­posed 15 houses would be ‘af­ford­able homes’.

Fash­ion de­signer Coleen said the plans would ‘dam­age the spe­cial land­scape, character and ap­pear­ance of the area’ and re­vealed con­cerns about ‘high­way safety’ for cars, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

She adds in the com­plaint: “The de­vel­op­ment would have a detri­men­tal im­pact on high­way safety due to new ac­cesses. The de­vel­op­ment will mean more car jour­neys in to the vil­lage, which is al­ready con­gested and un­suit­able for the in­creased traf­fic.”

Suzan Holder mean­while adds in her com­plaint: “I can see no ‘very spe­cial cir­cum­stances’ that would be the only way to jus­tify the de­struc­tion of this green belt area for the pur­pose of build­ing any num­ber of new houses.

“Prest­bury is an his­toric vil­lage and we need to pre­serve its character and set­ting.”

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