Mixed re­ac­tion to rugby club hous­ing scheme

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

ACONTROVERSIAL plan for a new hous­ing es­tate at Mac­cles­field Rugby Club is to be de­bated by coun­cil­lors.

The club, which plays at Pri­ory Park, wants to sell some of its ground at Pri­ory Lane and use the cash to fund a new 21st cen­tury club­house, which can of­fer func­tion and con­fer­enc­ing fa­cil­i­ties for the wider com­mu­nity, a new kitchen and a gym.

The orig­i­nal land and club­house will make way for 76 new homes and the ex­ist­ing pitches will be re­or­gan­ised to al­low the club to re­tain four, full­sized adult pitches - in­clud­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial pitch, and four small pitches for the mini and ju­nior teams.

An ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of Mac­cles­field Rugby Union Foot­ball Club and de­vel­oper Jones Homes has been sub­mit­ted by Emery Plan­ning.

But the plans, which are due to go be­fore Cheshire East Coun­cil’s North­ern Plan­ning Com­mit­tee on April 5, have re­ceived a mixed re­sponse from res­i­dents.

Dozens of peo­ple have reg­is­tered their sup­port for the ap­pli­ca­tion on the coun­cil’s plan­ning por­tal say­ing the im­prove­ments are vi­tal to the club’s sus­tain­abil­ity.

Dr Ma­clome Fox, from Mac­cles­field, said the new club house would help the coun­cil meet its hous­ing sup­ply short­age.

He said: “I be­lieve that the pro­posed change of pitches and re­lo­ca­tion of the club­house are a min­i­mal change within the cur­rent site and will not pose any sig­nif­i­cant change to the na­ture of the area or make much im­pact on sur­round­ing res­i­dents or build­ings.

“The ad­di­tional re­lease of land for hous­ing de­vel­op­ment would help to meet the lo­cal short­age of hous­ing as ex­pressed in the Dis­trict Plan.”

How­ever a num­ber of res­i­dents have reg­is­tered their ob­jec­tion, in­clud­ing mem­bers of Prest­bury Amenity So­ci­ety, who have ob­jected to the plans as in­ap­pro­pri­ate de­vel­op­ment in the green belt and over de­vel­op­ment.

Com­ment­ing on the plan­ning por­tal, Prest­bury Amenity So­ci­ety said: “[We] strongly ob­ject as we wish to re­spect the Vil­lage De­sign State­ment. Grave con­cerns about over de­vel­op­ment of the area.

“[We have] con­cerns about close prox­im­ity of Fal­li­b­roome Acad­emy, pro­posed King’s School, Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre, Mac­cles­field Rugby Club al­ready busy traf­fic ar­eas – threat­ens over­all traf­fic prob­lems at nearby junc­tion.”

De­vel­oper’s plans show­ing how the new lay­out will look

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