United front against homes

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

MAC­CLES­FIELD’S MP and Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil have joined forces against plans to build hun­dreds of homes in the green belt.

Cheshire East Coun­cil’s Lo­cal Plan pro­poses 650 new homes by 2030.

This in­cludes three ma­jor scheme at Hazel­badge Road, Ch­ester Road and Sprink Farm on Dick­ens Lane. But the town coun­cil want a say where the re­main­ing 200 will be built and fear the town’s in­fra­struc­ture will not cope with the pro­posed growth.

Coun­cil­lors met with MP David Rut­ley and have agreed to try and ex­plain their con­cerns to Cheshire East chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Suarez.

Coun­cil­lor Lau­rence Clarke said: “Whilst we ac­cept there may be a need for some new houses, the fi­nal num­ber, the lo­ca­tions, in­sist­ing that de­vel­op­ers use pre­vi­ously de­vel­oped (brown­field) land and the need for high­way and other crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture im­prove­ments first, are the ba­sis of our con­cerns.”

Mr Rut­ley said: “I recog­nise that more homes will be built in Poyn­ton in the years ahead. How­ever, there needs to be a stronger fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing brown­field sites, rather than build­ing homes on the green belt.”

At their meet­ing are, from left; Coun Howard Mur­ray, Coun Lau­rence Clarke, Coun Jo Se­wart, Coun Mike Bean­land, David Rut­ley MP, Coun Lee Pod­more and Coun Mike Se­wart

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