Decision due on controversial plan for new homes at mill site
PLANS for 33 new homes at Lowerhouse Mill are due to go before councillors.
Rowlinson Investments Ltd has submitted an application to change the use of the land opposite Lowerhouse Mill on Albert Road from industrial to residential and build 33 homes including eight apartments.
Cheshire East Council’s Northern Planning Committee is due to make a decision on the plan today (Wednesday) at 2pm at Macclesfield Town Hall. Town councillors and Cheshire East councillors for Bollington will speak at the meeting.
Objections to the application have included concerns over flooding and traffic on Albert Road.
Elaine Stokes, from the Dean Valley Environmental Project, 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.
“Access is already limited along Albert Road, exacerbated at peak times by two primary schools, a fire station and a factory.”
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.
David Roberts, Rowlinson managing director, said: “Our proposals have been developed following consultation with the officers from Cheshire East to meet housing need.”
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