Flood plain homes plan approved
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 33 homes on a flood plain have been approved.
Councillors on Cheshire East’s Northern Planning Committee approved the application by Rowlinson Investments Ltd to build 33 homes, including eight apartments, on land opposite Lowerhouse Mill on Albert Road.
The land was previously designated for industrial use.
Around 40 Bollington residents attended the planning hearing at Macclesfield Town Hall.
There are concerns because the site is on the River Dean flood plain and there has been flooding from the site across the neighbouring access road to the tip.
Objections also included increased traffic on busy Albert Road.
Coun Amanda Stott, town mayor, said: “Residents and the town council are against this plan.
“The massive issue has been over flooding and we’ve asked to be closely involved to ensure the flooding risk is dealt with.”
The developer must complete a review of the flood defence plan as a condition of the approval.
David Roberts, managing director at Rowlinson Constructions Ltd, said the development is good news for Bollington. He said: “It is a widely recognised that the council is under immense pressure to release more land for housing and, taking into consideration that the land on Albert Road has been allocated for development for over 20 years, by permitting this application Cheshire East are effectively reducing the pressure on the Green Belt around the towns and villages in the northern part of the district.
“In my opinion this a win-win situation with a local company, providing local jobs and homes for local people on a site which is allocated for development in the Local Plan.”