Hous­ing es­tate plans re­vealed

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

DE­TAILED plans to trans­form a his­toric busi­ness park into a hous­ing es­tate in a ru­ral vil­lage have been re­vealed.

Sed­don Homes have sub­mit­ted plans for 76 new houses on Lan­g­ley Busi­ness Park, in­clud­ing 14 for af­ford­able hous­ing.

The scheme also in­cludes space for nine busi­ness units, pub­lic open space and new foot­path and cy­cling links to the vil­lage cen­tre.

The site in­cludes a num­ber of in­dus­trial and com­mer­cial units and two 19th cen­tury brick build­ings which will all be de­mol­ished.

It is the lat­est plan for the site off Lan­g­ley Road af­ter sev­eral schemes have failed to get off the ground.

The pro­pos­als have some lo­cal sup­port, but not ev­ery­one is happy about such a sig­nif­i­cant change to the vil­lage.

In a com­ment sub­mit­ted through Cheshire East Coun­cil’s plan­ning por­tal, Sut­ton Par­ish Coun­cil raised a num­ber of con­cerns in­clud­ing the im­pact on ser­vices, traf­fic, sew­er­age and sur­face wa­ter. It added: “In view of the size and im­pact this devel­op­ment will have on Lan­g­ley and Sut­ton we would re­quest a pub­lic meet­ing with Sed­don Homes and their ad­vis­ers to ad­dress con­cerns raised by the par­ish coun­cil and the res­i­dents of Lan­g­ley and Sut­ton.”

Mean­while Emma Smith, of Cock Hall Lane, Lan­g­ley, said the ad­di­tional traf­fic would pose safety con­cerns.

She said: “The cur­rent road in­fra­struc­ture is in­suf­fi­cient to sup­port the traf­fic that the devel­op­ment will cre­ate. The main road through Lan­g­ley al­ready suf­fers con­ges­tion, par­tic­u­larly at week­ends.

The main road does not cur­rently of­fer safe pas­sage on foot to the lo­cal school, which will be re­quired if the devel­op­ment pro­ceeds.” Out­line plan­ning per­mis­sion for the devel­op­ment was sub­mit­ted in 2011 but took years to ap­prove.

In the plan­ning doc­u­ment, Ar­chi­tects Mill­son As­so­ciates Ltd said the scheme had to take into ac­count homes along Cock Hall Lane and Lan­g­ley Road, and the ex­ist­ing reser­voir and cul­vert, which will be im­proved and main­tained, adding added: “The pro­posed devel­op­ment in­tends to boost the econ­omy of the ex­ist­ing vil­lage by cre­at­ing new jobs and adding to the ex­ist­ing hous­ing stock.

“Pedes­trian and cy­cle links to shall be pro­vided through­out the devel­op­ment to en­sure that new res­i­dents are in­te­grated co­he­sively into the ex­ist­ing fab­ric and com­mu­nity of the vil­lage.”

The plans sub­mit­ted by Sed­don Homes to build 76 homes on Lan­g­ley Busi­ness Park

An ex­am­ple of the style of hous­ing pro­posed

The reser­voir and cul­vert will stay

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