Op­po­si­tion grows to hol­i­day park

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

RES­I­DENTS have ob­jected to plans to cre­ate a hol­i­day park in a ru­ral idyll.

Ro­tunda Round­houses Limited has sub­mit­ted plans to build 12 eco lodges on land off Cop­pice Road in Poyn­ton.

The firm’s boss, Philip Kay, claims the ‘in­no­va­tive’ scheme would bring a boost to tourism and the lo­cal econ­omy.

But 14 neigh­bour­ing res­i­dents and Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil are op­pos­ing the plan.

Coun­cil­lors want the plans re­fused be­cause of the po­ten­tial im­pact on the green belt and their fears of an ‘un­ac­cept­able in­crease’ in traf­fic along Cop­pice Road and Park Lane.

In com­ments made on the Cheshire East Coun­cil’s plan­ning por­tal, Jen- nifer Brown, of Cop­pice Road, feared the de­vel­op­ment ‘would de­stroy the nat­u­ral beauty of the area’ and ‘opens up the door to fu­ture de­vel­op­ment’.

An­other con­cern, from Ruth Howard, also of Cop­pice Road, was the im­pact of hol­i­day­mak­ers.

She said: “Those us­ing such a de­vel­op­ment may wish to hold bar­be­cues and par­ties which may cause noise and dis­tur­bance and would ad­versely af­fect those living in the area.”

There were also fears over flood­ing and the im­pact on the lo­cal sew­er­age sys­tem, which one home­owner claimed would ‘in­flict more mis­ery’ on res­i­dents.

As well as the 12 lodges, there would be a re­cep­tion build­ing, wa­ter­side shel­ter by a small lake on the site and park­ing.

The pro­pos­als in­clude one full time job and three part-time po­si­tions.

Mr Kay, who runs Hazel Grove-based Ro­tunda Round­houses, has urged res­i­dents and coun­cil­lors to meet with him so he can lay out his vi­sion.

He said: “Be­ing ecofriendly with the ma­te­ri­als we use, work­ing with the land­scape and pro­tect­ing wildlife are all at the heart of what we do.

“I can un­der­stand res­i­dents’ con­cerns, and ac­cept that change is dif­fi­cult, but this is an in­no­va­tive scheme and a great op­por­tu­nity to boost vis­i­tors to the area. It will also cre­ate jobs.

“I am con­fi­dent that there will be no im­pact on the area in terms of the land, traf­fic, drains or noise. We have suc­cess­fully built these lodges in the green belt in other parts of the coun­try.

“I would en­cour­age peo­ple to be for­ward­think­ing and come and see what we are do­ing or visit ro­tunda.co.uk.”

A Ro­tunda Round­house sim­i­lar to those be­ing planned for Poyn­ton

Pals Emma Hud­son (left) and Grace Par­sons

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