Houses plan for for­mer TA cen­tre site

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS - STU­ART GREER

PLANS have been re­vealed for a new 75-house de­vel­op­ment next to Mac­cles­field fire sta­tion.

De­vel­oper The House Maker wants to build on a seven-acre site which in­cludes the for­mer TA Cen­tre off Ch­ester Road, pri­vately owned land to the south and pub­lic open space to the west.

The scheme in­cludes a mix­ture of two, three and four bed ter­raced, semide­tached and de­tached homes, as well as two-bed apart­ments.

Of the 75 homes, 60 will be on the open mar­ket and 15 will be af­ford­able prop­er­ties.

Ac­cess to the new es­tate will be via a new round­about.

Pre­vi­ous plans to build on the site in­clude a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity scheme in 2008 and a mixed hous- ing scheme in 2012 but both failed to get off the ground.

In a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion last month, the de­vel­oper met with res­i­dents to gave as­sur­ances that it would pro­tect the open space and a stream run­ning to the west of the de­vel­op­ment site.

Robert Walsh, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The House Maker said: “We’re re­ally pleased with the re­sponses we have re­ceived so far.

“Quite a few res­i­dents at­tended the con­sul­ta­tion and were over­whelm­ingly in support of the de­vel­op­ment plans.

“This site has been derelict for far too long and the con­struc­tion of high qual­ity homes de­signed for lo­cal fam­i­lies is a big pri­or­ity for Mac­cles­field and has been wel­comed by res­i­dents.

“Tak­ing the pub­lic re­sponses into ac­count, we are aim­ing to have our plans re­fined and sub­mit­ted for plan­ning per­mis- sion by the end of Jan­uary.”

Mr Walsh said the main con­cerns raised at the con­sul­ta­tion have been around traf­fic on Ch­ester Road.

He added: “We will be work­ing with Cheshire East Coun­cil and our traf­fic con­sul­tants, Croft, to ad­dress th­ese. The 75 new homes planned will cre­ate ad­di­tional traf­fic, but this is less than the 89 units pre­vi­ously ap­proved for plan­ning.

“We feel that this is a con­ser­va­tive num­ber for the size of the site, with 45 per cent of the to­tal site area be­ing the pub­lic open space which will be sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved.

“Fam­i­lies mov­ing to the de­vel­op­ment are within walk­ing dis­tance of schools and fa­cil­i­ties and the open space also cre­ates a sig­nif­i­cant pedes­trian short­cut from West­bury Drive to Ch­ester Road, which may re­sult in fewer car jour­neys.

●● The for­mer TA cen­tre on Ch­ester Road could be­come a hous­ing es­tate after de­vel­oper The House Maker re­vealed plans for the site

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