Con­sul­ta­tion on 150 green belt homes

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A DE­VEL­OPER has launched a con­sul­ta­tion on plans to build 150 homes in the green belt.

Robin­sons Brew­ery owns an area of green belt off Chelford Road, op­po­site The Cock Inn, in Hen­bury, Mac­cles­field which is used for graz­ing cows.

It’s one of the sites which the coun­cil is re­leas­ing from the green belt for de­vel­op­ment in its Lo­cal Plan.

Robin­sons has launched a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on pro­pos­als to build 150 homes on the site. The main ac­cess will be from Chelford Road and there will also be ac­cess onto Whirley Road.

Res­i­dents were in­vited to a launch event for the con­sul­ta­tion at St Thomas church hall in Hen­bury yes­ter­day (Tues­day, July 18).

Many are con­cerned about the loss of green belt and the im­pact on wildlife.

Richard Slater lives with his wife Lynne and two chil­dren on Whirley Road next to the site. He is part of the Save Mac­cles­field Green Belt group which was launched to fight the re­lease of the town’s green belt in the Lo­cal Plan.

Richard said: “There are so many peo­ple who are un­happy with this pro­posal to build on this land. It’s a beauty spot, a beau­ti­ful field for cat­tle to graze in.

“Hen­bury par­ish coun­cil with lo­cal school­child­ren planted 500 trees around three years ago and these will have to be dug up. We don’t need this many new homes, there aren’t enough jobs lo­cally and the roads won’t cope.

“It’s a sad loss of a beau­ti­ful green space in Mac­cles­field.”

The site is in­cluded in Cheshire East’s Lo­cal Plan which has now re­ceived back­ing from a gov­ern­ment plan­ning in­spec­tor. He has con­cluded his ex­am­i­na­tion of the plan and is­sued his fi­nal re­port which states that sub­ject to some mod­i­fi­ca­tions the plan is legally sound.

Cab­i­net mem­bers are ex­pected to ap­prove that the plan is adopted when they meet on Wed­nes­day, July 26. Mr Slater said: “There were thou­sands of ob­jec­tions to this land be­ing built on in the Lo­cal Plan. There are brown­field sites which should be built on first.”

Con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ments by Robin­sons state the plans would pro­vide af­ford­able hous­ing for lo­cal peo­ple, boost spend­ing in the lo­cal econ­omy and in­clude new play fa­cil­i­ties and land­scap­ing.

De­tails of the plans are on the how­plan­ web­site where res­i­dents can sub­mit feed­back.

Robin­sons did not re­spond to a re­quest for a com­ment.

Robin­sons wants to build 150 homes on this land off Chelford Road, Hen­bury

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