Pros and cons ar­gued as plan­ning team weigh up scheme’s im­pact

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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