150 homes on Hen­shaws de­pot ap­proved ‘at a price’

Macclesfield Express - - GROSVENOR CENTRE ROW - STU­ART GREER

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.

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