Coun­cil in blow to King’s hous­ing plan

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

THE TOWN coun­cil is op­pos­ing plans for hous­ing in the green belt which would al­low a new King’s School to be built.

The coun­cil held a con­sul­ta­tion on three ma­jor plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions which would al­low King’s School to build a new school on 70 acres of green belt next to its Derby Play­ing Fields in Prest­bury.

As well as the ap­pli­ca­tion for the new school, King’s has ap­plied for per­mis­sion for up to 300 homes at its cur­rent Fence Av­enue site and up to 150 at the Cumberland Street site, on the West­min­ster Road play­ing fields.

But mem­bers of the town coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee did not agree that green belt at Fence Av­enue should be de­vel­oped and rec­om­mended that Cheshire East re­jects the ap­pli­ca­tion.

The de­ci­sion fol­lowed a packed out con­sul­ta­tion hosted by the town coun­cil, when more than 150 peo­ple at­tended to have their say, with many rais­ing con­cerns about im­pact on the green belt, traf­fic con­ges­tion and drainage.

Coun­cil­lors raised no ob­jec­tion to the de­vel­op­ment at Cumberland Street or the new school at Prest­bury but agreed there are con­cerns about traf­fic and asked for high­ways im­pact as­sess­ments for both sites.

They also mended a

re­comdrainage as­sess­ment for West­min­ster Road and en­vi­ron­men­tal re­port for the Prest­bury site.

Cheshire East coun­cil­lor Mick War­ren wel­comed the de­ci­sion to ob­ject to the Fence Av­enue pro­posal, say­ing: “It’s a very con­tentious is­sue. But I’m sur­prised the town coun­cil has not ob­jected to the new school at Prest­bury be­cause it’s a de­vel­op­ment for a pri­vate school in the green belt. There was strong feel­ing against the ap­pli­ca­tion at the con­sul­ta­tion.

Coun Philip Bolton, from the town coun­cil, said the Prest­bury site is out­side its re­mit, adding: “We can only look at the im­pact on Mac­cles­field and so raised con­cerns about the traf­fic into Mac­cles­field. I live in Prest­bury and per­son­ally am not happy about any build­ing on the green belt.”

Dr Si­mon Hyde, King’s School head­teacher, said: “The school wel­comes the Town Coun­cil’s sup­port for its re­lo­ca­tion to Derby Fields and the de­vel­op­ment of West­min­ster Road for hous­ing. We are dis­ap­pointed it ob­jected to Fence Av­enue. Mac­cles­field needs to de­velop and grow if our town cen­tre is to be re­gen­er­ated.”

The dead­line for com­ments on the ap­pli­ca­tions is Sun­day, Jan­uary 24.

●● The town coun­cil has op­posed plans to build on green belt land to the rear of Fence Av­enue

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