Go-ahead for 150 homes on farm­land

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - STU­ART GREER

APLAN to build 150 new homes on farm­land in Poyn­ton has been given the green light - de­spite strong lo­cal op­po­si­tion.

Cheshire East Coun­cil’s Strate­gic Plan­ning Board ap­proved the scheme by Hourigan Con­nolly to de­velop 5.3 hectares at Sprink Farm on Dick­ens Lane.

The site, two sim­i­lar sized fields di­vided by a fenced pub­lic foot­path, will see a mix­ture of two to five bed­room prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing town­houses, de­tached homes and apart­ments, with 30 per cent af­ford­able homes.

There will be 1.5 hectares of pub­lic open space and a chil­dren’s play area, with ac­cess from Dick­ens Lane.

Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil called for the scheme to be re­fused be­cause of the in­crease in traf­fic and po­ten­tial flood risk.

Ian Holling­worth, a coun­cil­lor from Poyn­ton Town Coun­cil, spoke out against the plans.

He said: “Feel­ings are run­ning high be­cause the pro­pos­als are for green belt to the east of Poyn­ton. Res­i­dents’ main con­cern is the ac­cess onto a con­gested and dan­ger­ous road. It is very nar­row, with pinch points, blind cor­ners, an eques­trian cen­tre nearby, and kids use the route to go to school and there is no pave­ment. They have great mis­giv­ings. High­ways safety is main rea­sons we rec­om­mend it for re­jec­tion but there are se­vere mis­giv­ings about im­pact of homes on in­fra­struc­ture.”

Coun­cil­lor Holling­worth said pre­vi­ous plans for the site were re­jected in 1977.

He said: “Noth­ing has changed ex­cept the road has got busier.”

Coun Holling­worth said brown­field sites, which has pre­vi­ously been de­vel­oped, should be the fo­cus of hous­ing de­vel­op­ments rather than green belt.

He told the com­mit­tee: “This is the wrong place at the wrong time to build th­ese homes.

“We should hang our head in shame. There is a dis­used pri­mary school, a brown­field site, that should be used first. We have raised this with se­nior mem­bers of the lead­er­ship times.”

De­spite his pleas, the com­mit­tee fol­lowed of­fi­cer rec­om­men­da­tions and ap­proved the scheme.

The site is one of three ar­eas of Poyn­ton in green­belt ear­marked for hous­ing in the Lo­cal Plan.

The two other sites in­clude 121 homes on land off Chester Road by de­vel­oper Ain­scough Strate­gic Land and 150 homes on land off Hazel­badge Road by Per­sim­mon Homes. sev­eral

Plans have been sub­mit­ted for 150 homes on farm­land off Dick­ens Lane, Poyn­ton

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