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Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

●● A SO­CIAL land­lord is propos­ing to build seven new homes on Ma­sons Lane.

Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust is look­ing for plan­ning per­mis­sion to de­mol­ish a house and garages on the site of num­ber 21, and erect the de­tached and semi-de­tached prop­er­ties.

The plans in­clude on-site car park­ing spa­ces. Ex­ist­ing ac­cess into the site is to be re­tained. How­ever, the scheme has been crit­i­cised by Mac­cles­field Civic So­ci­ety.

In a com­ment on the plans, Keith Smith from the her­itage group said: “Whilst wel­com­ing fur­ther pro­vi­sion of af­ford­able hous­ing by a reg­is­tered so­cial land­lord, the so­ci­ety notes the very con­strained na­ture of this site and the lim­ited width of the means of ac­cess.

“Back­land de­vel­op­ments of this type have to be han­dled very care­fully if ameni­ties and pri­vacy for both ex­ist­ing and pro­posed res­i­dents are not com­pro­mised.”

These con­cerns are shared by neigh­bour Janet King, of Con­way Cres­cent, who said: “The planned area for a seven house build is small if you take into ac­count car park­ing spa­ces alone and ac­cess in and out of Ma­sons Lane is very lim­ited. This is why we’ve paid for a garage for the last 15 years. Also our main con­cern is that we will be over-looked.”

Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil’s Plan­ning Com­mit­tees are set to dis­cuss the plan on Septem­ber 7 with a fi­nal de­ci­sion by the end of the year.

Nigel Ben­nett, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of Part­ner­ships for Peaks and Plains, said: “Peaks & Plains Hous­ing Trust are con­tin­u­ing to iden­tify suit­able sites for de­vel­op­ment. We have had pos­i­tive pre-ap­pli­ca­tion dis­cus­sions with Cheshire East’s plan­ning depart­ment and if this ap­pli­ca­tion for Ma­son’s Lane is ap­proved it will pro­vide seven much needed af­ford­able homes.’

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