Land re­lease ap­proved to build 34 new homes

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

PLANS to build 34 af­ford­able homes have moved a step for­ward af­ter the coun­cil de­cided to hand over pock­ets of land for the de­vel­op­ment.

So­cial hous­ing land­lord Peaks and Plains Hous­ing Trust has been in talks with Cheshire East coun­cil about build­ing 34 homes – for af­ford­able rent – on nine lo­ca­tions on the We­ston es­tate in Mac­cles­field.

The first five homes have been com­pleted on Earl­sway.

But the Trust has needed the re­lease of six parcels of coun­cil-owned land ad­join­ing ar­eas al­ready owned by Peaks and Plains.

The coun­cil has now de­cided to hand over the land at Tenby Road, Barnard Close, War­wick Road, Ten­nyson Close, Somer­ton Road and Ivy House Garages to al­low the de­vel­op­ment to go ahead.

The au­thor­ity has charged a nom­i­nal fee of £1 for the land be­cause it will help the town achieve the num­ber of af­ford­able homes it needs.

The Trust has plan­ning per­mis­sion for six of the sites, but will still need to get plan­ning ap­proval for three plots of land on Tenby Road, Barnard Closer and Ten­nyson Close.

Coun Alift Hare­wood, Cheshire East coun­cil­lor for Mac­cles­field West and Ivy who lives on the Wes- ton, said: “There were ear­lier plans for more homes by Peaks and Plains but this has now been re­duced to the 34.

“We can­not take them all on the We­ston es­tate, we are al­ready liv­ing cheek to jowel.

“But we do need more af­ford­able homes and re­leas­ing th­ese pock­ets of land have to be in­cluded so it’s a good way to build the homes we need.”

Coun­cil doc­u­ments state there are 1,066 peo­ple on the wait­ing list ask­ing for af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion in Mac­cles­field and of th­ese 1,018 have asked for hous­ing on the We­ston es­tate.

Nigel Ben­nett, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of part­ner­ships at Peaks and Plains, said: “Cheshire East’s de­ci­sion to re­lease the land pro- vides a ma­jor boost for our de­vel­op­ment plans and we hope to start de­liv­er­ing the re­main­ing prop­er­ties later this year.”

The build­ing has prompted con­cerns about over­crowd­ing on the es­tate.

Christina Webb on the Ex­press Face­book page said houses should be built in oth­ers parts of Mac­cles­field.

She said: “Cram more houses on to an es­tate which is al­ready over­crowded and use up what lit­tle green space is avail­able. We want di­ver­sity of hous­ing on es­tates not the same.”

Ca­role Poyser also posted on Face­book: “Should be look­ing af­ter the ones they al­ready have and keep­ing a bit of green space.”

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●● The area near Ivy House Garages on Count­ess Road on the We­ston set to get new af­ford­able homes. In­set: Nigel Ben­nett from Peaks and Plains

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