Anger over green belt hous­ing pro­pos­als

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

CHESHIRE East Coun­cil is plan­ning on build­ing 12 af­ford­able houses on green belt land in Gawsworth.

Cam­paign­ers hop­ing to pro­tect green belt say the coun­cil can­not jus­tify the loss of the pro­tected green area and that al­ter­na­tive sites should be con­sid­ered.

But the coun­cil says a ‘Hous­ing Needs Sur­vey’ iden­ti­fied that there is a need for at least 24 af­ford­able homes in Gawsworth Parish, and the coun­cil-owned land on Dark Lane, to the West of Gawsworth Methodist Hall, is suit­able to ac­com­mo­date 12.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said they will hold a drop-in con­sul­ta­tion on Satur­day, Novem­ber 26, with a view to sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion next April.

He said: “The land is classed as green belt land and the coun­cil will be de­vel­op­ing it as a re­sult of its ‘ex­cep­tions site’ pol­icy, which al­lows small de­vel­op­ments of af­ford­able hous­ing in the green belt where a need has been iden­ti­fied.”

But a cam­paign group - Save Gawsworth Green Belt - claims there are more suit­able sites which do not threaten the green belt.

They also say the devel­op­ment would be too far away from lo­cal ameni­ties, would in­crease pres­sure on the vil­lage school and in­crease traf­fic at Gawsworth Cross­roads.

A meet­ing to dis­cuss the cam­paign will take place at the Methodist hall in Gawsworth on Satur­day, Novem­ber 19 at 10am.

The coun­cil’s drop-in con­sul­ta­tion will be at the Scout hut, on Church Lane, Sut­ton be­tween 10am and 1pm.

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