Con­sul­ta­tion night seeks views on King’s pro­pos­als

Macclesfield Express - - GROOM HIT BRIDESMAID IN WEDDING PUNCH-UP -

THE TOWN coun­cil is host­ing a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on plans for a new King’s School.

King’s School has sub­mit­ted three ma­jor plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions to al­low it to build a new school on 70 acres of green belt next to its Derby Play­ing Fields at Prest­bury.

It can­not pay for the new school with­out sell­ing off its cur­rent sites at Fence Av­enue and Cum­ber­land Street. So as well as the ap­pli­ca­tion for the new school, there is an ap­pli­ca­tion for up to 300 homes at Fence Av­enue and up to 150 at the Cum­ber­land Street site, on the West­min­ster Road play­ing fields which form part of the cam­pus.

Res­i­dents have ob­jected be­cause the plans en­croach on the green belt. Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil has or­gan­ised a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion to see the strength of peo­ple’s views.

Coun Alift Hare­wood, deputy town mayor, said: “We’re hold­ing a con­sul­ta­tion be­cause it was de­cided that it’s im­por­tant to hear the view of res­i­dents to help us form our rec­om­men­da­tion to the plan­ning com­mit­tee.

“It’s our duty to lis­ten to the res­i­dents.

“This is a ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tion in­volv­ing three im­por­tant sites in the town. There’s a dilemma here. It in­volves build­ing on the green belt but Mac­cles­field needs new homes. The dilemma is find­ing land else­where for them to go.”

Dr Si­mon Hyde, head­teacher, has sent let­ters to par­ents en­cour­ag­ing them to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tions, say­ing the new school would bring sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Mac­cles­field. He said: “The school has been in­vited to the con­sul­ta­tion and given its long as­so­ci­a­tion with Mac­cles­field wishes to em­pha­sise its con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal econ­omy and the ben­e­fits of both the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and the school’s con­tin­u­ing pres­ence in town. Sim­i­lar pre­sen­ta­tions have al­ready been made to Prest­bury Parish Coun­cil and other in­sti­tu­tions.

“We wish to pro­vide an up­date for res­i­dents on the mod­i­fi­ca­tions made to the pro­pos­als in the light of the con­sul­ta­tions in July.”

The con­sul­ta­tion is to­day (Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 6) at Mac­cles­field Town Hall.

It starts at 6pm to re­view the pro­pos­als and pro­vide feed­back. At 7pm the chair­man of the plan­ning com­mit­tee will in­vite com­ments at an open fo­rum. To speak, con­tact 01625 374142 or email clerk@mac­cles­fieldtc.gov.uk.

Owing to the Christ­mas hol­i­day and the vol­ume of ma­te­rial as­so­ci­ated with the three ap­pli­ca­tions, the dead­line for com­ments has been ex­tended to Sun­day, Jan­uary 24.

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion of King’s School’s planned new school at Derby Fields, Prest­bury

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