Fears voiced over viability of key ‘southern gateway’
ACOUNCILLOR has cast serious doubt on a new masterplan to transform the southern gateway to the town.
The scheme targets 63-hectares of land between Congleton Road and London Road known as South Macclesfield Development Area (SMDA).
Developers, Engine of the North, Cheshire East Council’s development company, and TG, a Jersey-based firm, are bidding to build 950 homes, a new 4,000sqm retail development including a supermarket, a 210-place primary school, a link road from Congleton Road to London Road and commercial space for warehousing and offices.
But Councillor Laura Jeuda, who represents Macclesfield South ward, fears the viability of the SMDA relies too much on moving Cheshire Demolition from Turf Lane to the commercial land in the scheme.
She said: “The demolition plant is to be on the development but away from housing. My feeling Going’ campaign including Virgin at Macclesfield train station, JJ Cookson, Tesco on Hibel Road and Exchange Street, RRG Toyota, Sainsbury’s and Leek United Building Society.
The club is also urging fans to share their involvement in the big game on social media using the hashtag #SeeYouatWembley. is that it isn’t going to happen.”
Coun Jeuda also fears the number of homes will have a detrimental impact on local roads, even with a new link road.
She said: “Going back over many years the link road between London Road and Congleton Road has always been the problem. The proposal is for traffic to be diverted from London Road onto Moss Lane via Star Lane/ Turf Lane. This has understandably raised significant concerns among residents of Moss Lane and roads off. I am not convinced that the current proposal is realistic.”
The SMDA does not include a new stadium for Macclesfield Town FC Club or any improvements to the Congleton Road playing fields or a new sports pavilion, as proposed in previous schemes. But cash will instead be put towards creating new pitches.
A spokesperson for
Rob Heys, general manager of Macclesfield Town FC, said: “Our efforts to promote our trip to Wembley are really being stepped up now, with just over a week to go before the FA Trophy Final.
“The excitement is starting to take hold. Thanks to Macclesfield Town Council and to Spiral Print, we have blue Engine of the North said:
“The development provides the opportunity to deliver a long-standing strategic aim, to deliver an east-west link road to the south of Macclesfield, that will help to alleviate existing congestion on the surrounding road network.
“The proposals includes the relocation of the present business operations on the site and away from existing residents. Providing modern premises for these businesses and key local employers, will enable them to remain in south Macclesfield.
“We have undertaken a sports needs assessment as part of the planning application in accordance with Cheshire East Council and Sport England’s guidelines. The development will provide for the recommendations set out in the assessment.”
You can have your say by visiting the council’s planning portal and searching 17/1874M.
An artist’s impression of some of the 950 homes to be built
Roary the Lion with the football tournament winners at Bollington Cross Primary School
Part of the development area, viewed from Congleton Road