Res­i­dents pre­pare for a ‘fight’ over green belt plans


RES­I­DENTS have ob­jected to plans to build 150 homes in the green belt.

Robin­sons Brew­ery has launched a con­sul­ta­tion on build­ing on agri­cul­tural land off Chelford Road, in Hen­bury.

Bosses state the de­vel­op­ment is in a sus­tain­able lo­ca­tion, help meet a need for houses in Mac­cles­field and fea­ture land­scap­ing to limit the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

But res­i­dents have re­acted an­grily to the plans, with many con­cerned about ex­tra traf­fic on Chelford Road.

Mike Jack­son, who lives near St Thomas church hall where the con­sul­ta­tion was launched, said: “Dozens of peo­ple came down to show how un­happy they are.

“My big­gest con­cern is the traf­fic. It will mean 300 ex­tra cars. Chelford Road is an ac­ci­dent blackspot and there are al­ready queues to­wards the Bro­ken Cross round­about. Our house is not even im­me­di­ately on Chelford Road and it rat­tles.

“Hen­bury is get­ting to­gether and when there is a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion peo­ple will fight this.”

Read­ers took to our Face­book page with con­cerns about the im­pact on green belt and wildlife, traf­fic and pres­sure on ser­vices.

Paul Stal­burg posted: “The Traf­fic in Mac­cles­field is ter­ri­ble, build­ing more houses is def­i­nitely not go­ing to help the sit­u­a­tion.”

Karen Martin said: “Dis­gust­ing. Chil­dren play foot­ball on there, peo­ple walk their dogs and what about the wildlife? Why don’t they do some­thing about the empty build­ings that are about? They are an eyesore.”

Maria Wood posted: “We don’t need more green­belt be­ing built on. Why don’t they look at brown field sites first?”

Laura Dip­pleJohn­stone said: “We need a traf­fic man­age­ment plan be­fore any more build­ing in the area. The air qual­ity and grid­lock is oth­er­wise just go­ing to get worse.”

Jean Bed­son said: “The vol­ume of traf­fic is hor­ren­dous at Bro­ken Cross. I’m not that far away and my home vi­brates even through the night.”

But oth­ers said that new houses are needed.

Si­mon Yates posted: “Per­son­ally I want to live in a town that has de­mand for new hous­ing as it shows it is grow­ing. Developers wouldn’t want to build here if there was no de­mand.”

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

Robin­sons was ap­proached for a com­ment.

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

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