150 homes on Henshaws depot approved ‘at a price’
WORK to build 150 homes on the Henshaws waste depot site could start this autumn.
Barratt Homes has been given the green light to build a mixture of two, three and four-bedroom homes at the 4.39 hectares site off Moss Lane on the Moss estate.
Access to the new estate will be via the existing entrance and exit to the Waste Transfer Centre with £120,000 improvements.
The proposals were approved by Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning committee last Wednesday (January 27).
Speaking after the meeting, Coun Janet Jackson, who represents central ward on Cheshire East Council, said new housing ‘came at a price’ with just 15 affordable homes included in the scheme and £200,000 ordered to be paid to local schools and 1,000 sqm of open space made available, compared to council policy for 50 affordable homes, £475,000 for schools and 6,000 sqm open space for a scheme of its size.
She said: “The developer’s argument for all these reductions against the council’s requirements for the site was viability.”
Coun Jackson also raised the impact of the potential increase of traffic on Moss Lane and Congleton Road.
She added: “The developer has agreed to pay for a ghost right turning lane on Congleton Road which in my view will do nothing to alleviate the problem for vehicles exiting Moss Lane, all it will do is ease the traffic travelling along Congleton Road.” A spokesman for Barratt Homes said: “The plans bring much needed homes on a sustainable brownfield area to help the council meet its five year housing plan.
“The cost of decontaminating the site is significant.
“Our viability assessment for analysed by the council and was found to be robust.
“The traffic increase is marginal but not significant.”
Henshaws did not respond to our request for a comment on the application.