Waste site will stay un­til new lo­ca­tion found

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - STU­ART GREER

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.”

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