Local Plan consultation opens
RESIDENTS in Poynton are being urged to have their say on latest version of the Local Plan.
Cheshire East Council is consulting on the scheme which forms the basis of planning decisions until 2030.
The plans include proposals to build 650 new houses in Poynton and 10 hectares of new employment sites.
But there is significant opposition to the scale of the increase in housing, which is around a 10 per cent increase on the current amount, and the impact on protected green belt.
Land earmarked for building includes: 150 homes on a site off Hazelbadge Road, near Lower Park School; 150 houses on land off Dickens Lane, near Hunt’s Vets, opposite the playing fields; 150 houses on land off Chester Road, west of the Birds Estate, close to the border with Adlington; 10 hectares of land by Adlington Industrial Estate; and the runway at Woodford Aerodrome, which could be safeguarded for future development post 2030.
It is also proposed houses could be built on smaller sites, possibly including Poynton Sports Club, to reach the target of 650 new houses.
A spokesman for Poynton Town Council said: “We have a number of serious concerns about Cheshire East’s revised Local Plan including the impact of extra traffic on Hazelbadge Road, Dickens Lane or Chester Road; impact of major Roads including the A6 or A34; increase in air pollution; impact on infrastructure such as schools, medical services and the environment.
“There are no proposals for new parks or recreation areas. Numerous empty factories and units on Poynton Industrial Estate should be redeveloped before any Green Belt land is built on.
“The council accepts that some development is necessary, and supports the target in the original draft Local Plan of 200 houses and 3 hectares of employment sites.
“Wherever possible, new building should use previously developed land. The impact on infrastructure, increased traffic and local services must be addressed before any development is allowed.”
Poynton Town Council has organised its own exhibition, so residents can be informed about possible major changes to the village and express their views.
The exhibition is in the Civic Hall and is open every day except Sundays and Bank Holidays. It will continue until the public consultation ends on April 19.
●● This land on Hazelbadge Road, Poynton, is among the sites earmarked for housing in the Local Plan – which includes proposals for 650 new homes in the area