Cam­paign­ers wel­come de­lay in plans for school

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

CAM­PAIGN­ERS have wel­comed a de­lay on three ma­jor plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions in the town.

The King’s School wants to merge its sites at Fence Av­enue and Cum­ber­land Street into a new school on 70 acres of green belt next to its Derby Play­ing Fields in Prest­bury.

To pay for the new school, it has 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 the Strate­gic Plan­ning Board in March, but were re­moved from the agenda and have been left off the agenda to­mor­row (April 20).

Eileen Furr, who lives on Fence Av­enue, op­poses the hous­ing scheme.

She said: “We are fight­ing the threat to the Green belt at Fence Av­enue on two fronts. The dead­line for com­ments on the Lo­cal Plan was Tues­day, and the dead­line for com­ments on the King’s School Ap­pli­ca­tion is Fri­day, April 22. Our view is that the Ap­pli­ca­tion should not be con­sid­ered, let alone ap­proved, un­til the Lo­cal Plan is fi­nally signed off by the In­de­pen­dent In­spec­tor.

“The sus­pen­sion of the Lo­cal Plan by the In­spec­tor oc­curred at the very be­gin­ning of the process be­fore any of the Strate­gic Sites could be con­sid­ered.

“It would there­fore be wrong to ap­prove this ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore we have put our case to the In­spec­tor.”

A Cheshire East spokesman said the agenda for the Strate­gic Plan­ning Meet­ing will not be made avail­able un­til about 10 days prior.

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

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