Fears voiced over vi­a­bil­ity of key ‘south­ern gate­way’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

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

Google Street View

Part of the de­vel­op­ment area, viewed from Con­gle­ton Road

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