Major school plans delayed for further work by town planners
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