Houses plan for former TA centre site
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