75 homes for ‘eye­sore’ site

Macclesfield Express - - BOSLEY MILL TRAGEDY - KAREN BRIT­TON

AN ‘ EYE­SORE’ will be re­de­vel­oped with 75 homes af­ter plans were ap­proved.

Coun­cil­lors on the North­ern Plan­ning Com­mit­tee of Cheshire East coun­cil have ap­proved plans for 75 homes on the site of the for­mer Ter­ri­to­rial Army cen­tre on Ch­ester Road, Mac­cles­field, next to the fire sta­tion.

The land has been left un­used for more than 10 years and has been a pile of rub­ble since the TA Cen­tre was de­mol­ished.

The site also in­cludes an area of public space and pri­vately owned land.

The plans by The House Maker will be made up of 25 de­tached houses, 28 semi-de­tached, four ter­raced houses and 18 apart­ments in two blocks, in­clud­ing 15 af­ford­able dwellings, all with off­street park­ing.

There will be a new round­about on Ch­ester Road op­po­site Field Bank Road.

The public space will be re­tained and will be used by nearby All Hal­lows School for out­door classes.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers said it was a good use of a brown- field site to meet de­mand for hous­ing, in a sus­tain­able lo­ca­tion.

Coun Martin Hardy said: “It’s an eye­sore on a route into and out of town so any­thing like this is a bless­ing.”

While coun Hardy wel­comed the plan for new homes, he said he had ‘grave con­cerns’ about the pres­sure on school places and said there should be more af­ford­able hous­ing.

These con­cerns were echoed by other com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Coun Alift Hare­wood said: “I’m as­tounded there is no ex­tra pro­vi­sion for ed­u­ca­tion. I don’t be­lieve the schools can cope.”

Coun Stewart Gar­diner said it was ‘ridicu­lous’ that ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cers were not sug­gest­ing there is an im­pact on lo­cal schools by the ap­pli­ca­tion.

Coun Laura Jeuda also crit­i­cised the lack of af­ford­able hous­ing.

She said: “There’s noth­ing to jus­tify the re­duc­tion in af­ford­able hous­ing.

“De­vel­op­ers are us­ing the non-vi­a­bil­ity loop­hole to get out of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able hous­ing and we shouldn’t be let­ting them get away with it.

“We need more af­ford­able hous­ing for the peo­ple in our town, not the ex­tor­tion­ate prices of four and five bed homes.”

Coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cer Nick Turpin said the coun­cil can’t re­quire such a high pro­por­tion of af­ford­able homes on brown­field sites due to the ex­tra as­so­ci­ated de­vel­op­ment costs.

He also said that the ca­pac­ity of nearby schools had been taken into ac­count when con­sid­er­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion, which was rec­om­mended for ap­proval.

‘It’s an eye­sore on a route into and out of town’

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● The for­mer Ter­ri­to­rial Army site on Ch­ester Road

●● Lucy Greenwood and Rosie Byrne were among the peo­ple who braved the rain to take part in a 10k spon­sored walk for two South African schools

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