Private link to development plan defended
COUNCIL bosses have defended their decision to strike a deal with a private company to finally bring 1,100 new homes, a supermarket, school and link road to the south of the town.
Cheshire East Council has been criticised for forging an agreement with a firm called TG Ltd to drive forward proposals for the South Macclesfield Development Area (SMDA), between Congleton Road and London Road.
The authority, which owns 26 hectares of the 63 hectare site, wants to enter into an agreement with TG Ltd, which owns the majority of the remaining land.
But Labour councillors have criticised the council for not revealing any detail of the company, which is based in Jersey.
Coun Sam Corcoran said: “In the interests of openness and transparency, the directors and beneficial owners of any company that the council intends to enter into a collaboration agreement with should be made public.
“Businesses working closely with the council should be open and transparent and not hide in offshore havens.”
After it was approached by the Express, Cheshire East Council revealed that TG Ltd was registered in February 2014 to 12 Castle Street, St Helier, Jersey JE2 3RT, but it said further information could be obtained for ‘an additional charge’.
A council spokesman added: “TG Ltd owns the land adjoining the council’s own property and, as landowner, the company is keen to develop the site, working collaboratively to deliver much-needed housing, improved leisure and retail offer and a developer-led link road.
“These exciting proposals would revitalise and regenerate the southern gateway to the town and boost jobs, investment and facilities in Maccles- field.”
The council hopes to work with TG Ltd to create a masterplan which would regenerate the southern gateway to the town, including: up to 1,100 homes, a 7,500 sq m retail development including supermarket, a new link road, improved playing fields and new community facilities and a new primary school.
It also claims the subsequent housing and retail developments could boost coffers by £14m.
●● The view across the South Macclesfield Development Area from Congleton Road. Inset: Coun Sam Corcoran
●● The development area involves building 325 homes and a new supermarket on land between Congleton Road and London Road in Macclesfield