Decision due on con­tro­ver­sial plan for new homes at mill site

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

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.”

Pic by Tim Bod­ding­ton

●● Low­er­house Mill

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