De­light at re­fusal of hous­ing plans

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

VIL­LAGE res­i­dents have wel­comed a de­ci­sion by the plan­ning min­is­ter to refuse a de­vel­op­ment on green land.

Mar­ton Parish Coun­cil has been fight­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion by Manch­ester-based com­pany HSL to build 27 houses on a field off School Lane in the vil­lage, backed up by a neigh­bour­hood plan which is against the site be­ing built on.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the de­vel­op­ment was re­fused by Cheshire East in Oc­to­ber 2015.

The case went to the Sec­re­tary of State on ap­peal but he dis­missed the ap­peal and re­fused to grant plan­ning per­mis­sion.

Vil­lage res­i­dents along with Mar­ton Parish Coun­cil have wel­comed the news that the Sec­re­tary of State has up­held the de­ci­sion to refuse the per­mis­sion.

Coun David McGowan, from Mar­ton Parish Coun­cil, said the de­ci­sion gives weight to the neigh­bour­hood plan, which was drawn up us­ing the views of res­i­dents.

It said: “This de­ci­sion will hope­fully en­cour­age all parish com­mu­ni­ties to press ahead and make a Neigh­bour­hood Plan, con­fi­dent that res­i­dents’ views will mat­ter when plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered.

“The Mar­ton Neigh­bour­hood Plan was for­mally adopted in Novem­ber 2016, the cu­mu­la­tion of two years of work by a ded­i­cated team of parish coun­cil­lors with as­sis­tance from Cheshire East coun­cil’s Neigh­bour­hood Plan­ning Team.

“Mar­ton Parish Coun­cil have spent the last two years fight­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion and are grate­ful for the sup­port they re­ceived from David Rut­ley MP, coun­cil­lor Les­ley Smetham, and most im­por­tantly, the res­i­dents of Mar­ton vil­lage.”

The Plan­ning Com­mit­tee of Mar­ton Parish Coun­cil will meet in June to dis­cuss a sec­ond ap­pli­ca­tion for this de­vel­op­ment.

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