New homes plan for old haulage de­pot

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS - KAREN BRITTON

AN OLD haulage yard will be trans­formed into a de­vel­op­ment of 94 new homes.

De­vel­oper Jones Homes has won ap­proval for 94 houses on the site of the for­mer Sto­bart’s yard in Chelford.

The 7.5 acre Crick­eters Green de­vel­op­ment on Knutsford Road will fea­ture three, four and five bed­room prop­er­ties, as well as af­ford­able flats.

Chelford Parish Coun­cil and Chelford Pri­mary School com­plained about the num­ber of one-bed­room flats in the af­ford­able hous­ing apart­ment block in an ear­lier ver­sion of the ap­pli­ca­tion, stat­ing they would fail to at­tract young fam­i­lies to the vil­lage. But this has been amended with more two bed­room homes in­stead.

The site is mainly brown­field but there is a small sec­tion of green belt.

Cheshire East coun­cil of­fi­cers, who rec­om­mend the de­vel­op­ment for ap­proval, said it makes good use of a brown­field site and con­trib­utes to the hous­ing needs of the area.

Coun Ge­orge Walton, Cheshire East coun­cil­lor for Chelford, said: “I think it’s great for Chelford.

“It ti­dies up the old haulage site.

“There is a small sec­tion of green belt but oth­er­wise this is a pre­vi­ously de­vel­oped site which will be trans­formed for homes for lo­cal fam­i­lies, which Chelford re­ally needs.

“There was some con­cern over the af­ford­able hous­ing apart­ment block but the num­ber of sin­gle bed­room apart­ments has been re­duced to en­cour­age more fam­i­lies. Chelford needs new homes like every­where else.”

The site was for­merly the Ir­lams de­pot. The Ed­die Sto­bart Group bought it from James Ir­lams and Sons in 2008 and has been op­er­at­ing a haulage busi­ness at the site while it es­tab­lishes a net­work of de­pots closer to the mo­tor­way net­work.

The site also in­cludes the Cat­tle Market over­flow car park, which is also un­der the own­er­ship of Sto­barts.

Stor­age and of­fice build­ings have been de­mol­ished.

The site is next to a bowl­ing green which was part of the for­mer Dixon Arms, which is now de­mol­ished for apart­ments. There is a rail­way line to the east, wood­land area and bri­dle path to the south and res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties and Chelford Farm Sup­plies to the west.

Gemma Pow­nall, Jones Homes sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, said: “We are thrilled to an­nounce the much-awaited launch of Crick­eters Green and al­ready have high de­mand.”

The site of the for­mer Sto­bart’s haulage yard on Knutsford Road, Chelford

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