Pros and cons argued as planning team weigh up scheme’s impact
PLANNING officers argued that ‘on balance’ the gain of the development outweighed the loss.
It said it was in line with the newlyadopted Local Plan and would bring ‘significant infrastructure improvements or contributions’.
These include a package to deliver highways improvements including the link road, affordable housing provision, a new retail outlet to the south of Macclesfield, play space within the site, and economic benefits in terms of jobs in construction and spending by residents in local shops.
Planners did admit the education provision would be ‘considered negatively’ and highways works on local roads around the site would only neutralise the impact of the development, not improve it.
Another major concern is the impact on local wildlife with planners accepting ‘there will be some landscape harm’ and ‘negative impacts of ecology’ which can be ‘appropriately mitigated’ with a contribution of £220,000.
But Cheshire Wildlife Trust has objected to the scheme for the ‘loss of a large local wildlife site’ – 28 of the 63 acres – as well as the impact on Danes Moss.