Anger over green belt housing proposals
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.