De­vel­op­ers and parish coun­cil at log­ger­heads over bound­ary

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MOT­TRAM St An­drew Parish Coun­cil is locked in a bound­ary dis­pute with de­vel­op­ers plan­ning to build a prop­erty at Al­ston­field on Cas­tle Hill.

Parish coun­cil mem­bers are urg­ing Cheshire East Coun­cil to vote against pro­pos­als to build the two-storey res­i­dence, say­ing it would en­croach on Mot­tram St An­drew’s green belt.

But de­vel­op­ers Emery Plan­ning say while the site is within the parish of Mot­tram St An­drew, it is ‘visu­ally, phys­i­cally and func­tion­ally’ part of Prest­bury.

Writ­ing to Cheshire East on be­half of Mot­tram St An­drew Coun­cil, clerk Ron Tay­lor said the de­vel­op­ment would ‘in­crease noise and vi­bra­tion’ and en­dan­ger road safety.

He wrote: “The green belt pro­tects against the sprawl of large built up ar­eas, in this case Prest­bury en­croach­ing into the Mot­tram St An­drew green belt.”

He also said the de­vel­op­ment was too close to an ex­ist­ing house, Broadoak.

He said: “High­way safety will be prej­u­diced as ac­cess to the main road is al­ready dif­fi­cult to ne­go­ti­ate safely as vis­i­bil­ity is re­stricted.”

In a let­ter to the coun­cil, Martin and Kay Bowker, res­i­dents of Broadoak, also ob­jected to Cheshire East Coun­cil, say­ing the de­vel­op­ment would in­fringe on their pri­vacy, in­crease traf­fic, en­dan­ger road safety and re­duce green space.

Nick Smith, prin­ci­pal con­sul­tant at Emery Plan­ning, said: “The site is within the parish of Mot­tram St An­drew but it is visu­ally, phys­i­cally and func­tion­ally part of the vil­lage of Prest­bury.

“The de­vel­op­ment would be lim­ited in­fill­ing which is not an in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment for green belt land so the pre­sump­tion should be in favour of its ap­proval.”

●● Plans show the lo­ca­tion (red) for the new de­vel­op­ment at Al­ston­field, Cas­tle Hill, Mot­tram St An­drew

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