Flood plain homes plan ap­proved

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

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.”

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