Ma­jor school plans de­layed for fur­ther work by town plan­ners

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A DE­CI­SION on three ma­jor plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions to al­low a new King’s School has been de­layed for more work to be done.

The school has sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tions with the aim of merg­ing its sites at Fence Av­enue and Cumberland Street into one new pur­pose built school on 70 acres of green belt next to its Derby Play­ing Fields in Prest­bury.

To pay for the new school, it has sub­mit­ted plans for 300 homes at Fence Av­enue and 150 homes at Cumberland Street, on the West­min­ster Road play­ing fields which form part of the cam­pus.

The ap­pli­ca­tions were due to be heard by coun­cil­lors on the Strate­gic Plan­ning Board to­mor­row (Wed­nes­day).

But the town will have to wait an­other month for a de­ci­sion af­ter they were ad­journed. They are ex­pected to in­stead be heard at the next strate­gic plan­ning board meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, March 23.

A Cheshire East spokesman said the ap­pli­ca­tions have been ad­journed for plan­ning of­fi­cers to carry out fur­ther work.

Of­fi­cers are trawl­ing through hun­dreds of let­ters from res­i­dents in re­la­tion to the ap­pli­ca­tions, which in­volve build­ing on the town’s green belt.

Peter Yates, a for­mer bor­ough chief plan­ning of­fi­cer who lives in Sut­ton, said: “Th­ese are three very im­por­tant and com­pli­cated ap­pli­ca­tions and there’s a lot of work to do.”

Dr Si­mon Hyde, head­teacher, has pre­vi­ously stated the school brings eco­nomic ben­e­fits to Mac­cles­field and the plans are the only op­tion for a new school.

●● An artist’s im­pres­sion for the King’s School’s pro­posed new ju­nior school at Derby Fields. In­set: King’s School head­mas­ter Dr Si­mon Hyde

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