Waste de­pot hous­ing plan

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS -

PLANS to be build 152 homes on the Hen­shaws waste de­pot have been re­vealed.

Bar­ratt Homes is hop­ing to build a mix­ture of two, three and four-bed­room homes at the site off Moss Lane on the Moss es­tate.

How­ever, ac­cess to the de­vel­op­ment will be via the ex­ist­ing en­trance and exit to the Waste Trans­fer Cen­tre, a bone of con­tention for res­i­dents and the town’s lead­ers.

The pro­pos­als come only two months after waste boss Joe Hen­shaw re­vealed plans to leave the area.

Coun­cil­lor Damien Druce, who rep­re­sents Mac­cles­field south ward, is con­cerned about the traf­fic move­ments from the de­vel­op­ment.

He said: “By cre­at­ing an ac­cess point to the de­vel­op­ment at Moss Lane there will be about 200 ve­hi­cle move­ments rather than the 50 wag­gon move­ments we have now. You can­not sim­ply re­place one prob­lem with another. This sort of de­vel­op­ment needs sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and must link in with the cur­rent SMDA. This is a spec­u­la­tive pro­posal.”

Coun Druce also wants the de­vel­op­ment to link in the forth­com­ing South Mac­cles­field De­vel­op­ment Area (SMDA) scheme which in­volves 1,000 homes and a new link road be­tween Con­gle­ton Road and London Road.

More than 100 res­i­dents turned up to an ex­hi­bi­tion about plans un­veiled at Ash Grove Pri­mary School on Mon­day.

An­drew Lester, rep­re­sent­ing Bar­ratt Homes, said the re­ac­tion from the 115 res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors who vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion was ‘over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive’ but ad­mit­ted they would look at con­cerns about traf­fic be­fore putting in a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion.

More in­for­ma­tion about the pro­pos­als is avail­able on the project web­site www. moss- lane. co. uk A con­sul­ta­tion will run un­til Jan­uary 26.

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion of plans for 152 homes on the Hen­shaws site in Mac­cles­field

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