Lo­cal Plan con­sul­ta­tion opens

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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.

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●● 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

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