Waste site will stay until new location found
AWASTE boss is refusing to make way for 150 new homes until council chiefs help him relocate.
Joe Henshaw, owner of Henshaws waste management, Macclesfield, has a deal with Barratts Homes to sell the controversial site on Moss Lane only if he can relocate his business.
But the 60-year-old claims that despite three years of negotiations with Cheshire East Council he has nowhere to move to.
It means Barratts, which was granted permission to build 150 homes on the waste site two weeks ago, will not be able to start building this autumn as it had hoped.
Mr Henshaw is calling for the council and new leader Councillor Rachel Bailey to help find a solution.
He said: “I have been in talks with the council for three years about relocating. I have put at least 10 different potential sites in front of the council leader Michael Jones, including the Lyme Green site which I own 22 acres next to, and each was rejected. I am back to square one. There is no deal to sell up for housing unless the council can help me relocate.”
Mr Henshaw said he has run his waste management business on Moss Lane for more than 25 years and is committed to staying in Macclesfield.
He said: “I am turning 61 this year. Work keeps me alive. I am not looking to sell up and retire. We are an important employer in this town. I will not put 75 people on the dole. I have a commitment to my staff and their families, and want to remain a Macclesfield business.
“Council leaders have been and gone, but we should be able to sit down around a table and find a solution. There has got to be a solution.”
Simon Artiss, from Barratt Homes, said: “Henshaws would clearly prefer to relocate their business and if with the help of the new council leader a suitable site can be identified then that may be achievable.
“In the meantime, following the resolution of Cheshire East Council on 27 January 2016 to grant planning permission for the proposed housing development on the existing Henshaws site, Barratt Homes continues to work with the Council to seek to conclude the planning agreement necessary to allow the planning permission to be issued.”
A spokesman said: “Cheshire East Council will always try to assist by offering some guidance to businesses wishing to relocate. Mr Henshaw is correct in stating that he has been in touch with the Council about relocating his premises. Unfortunately to date, discussions have not been fruitful and it should be emphasised that the Council is not under any obligation to identify a suitable site for his business.”