Plans to build almost 400 homes in Cheshire for approval | Knutsford Times

Plans to build almost 400 homes in Cheshire for approval

By on September 7, 2018

Plans to build almost 400 homes in Cheshire across a series of proposals designed to yield economic benefits and improvements look set to be approved.

The largest of the three applications set to be considered next week by Cheshire East Council has been put forward by Redrow Homes and Jones Homes North West and is for 232 properties in Macclesfield.

As it is an outline application, the majority of details have been reserved for future approval. However, a report to the authority’s planning committee notes that such a development would “undoubtedly boost the economy in the local area through the increased use of shops and services”.

“The proposals will result in additional employment in the short-term through the construction of the site, along with an economic boost locally through the increase in population to this area of the town,” it added. “It is considered that the proposals will make efficient use of the site which is part of a wider strategic allocation.”

Approval has been recommended subject to a legal agreement securing the provision of at least 30 per cent affordable units. Of this total, 65 per cent would be affordable rented and 35 per cent intermediate housing.

The second largest is the brainchild of Frederic Robinson Ltd, which hopes to build 135 homes on land between Chelford Road and Whirley Road in Henbury.

Again, it has been noted that the proposal would bring economic and social benefits in a “sustainable location”.

“Cheshire East is able to demonstrate a five-year supply of housing,” said the report. “However, this proposal will make a valuable contribution in maintaining this position.

“The application provides the required amount of affordable housing and the impact on local infrastructure, including education and healthcare provision would be mitigated by financial contributions.

“With regard to the economic role of sustainable development, the proposed scheme will help to maintain a flexible and responsive supply of land for housing, as well as bringing direct and indirect economic benefits to Macclesfield, including additional trade for local shops and businesses, jobs in construction and economic benefits to the construction industry supply chain.”

Approval has been recommended under the same terms as Redrow Homes and Jones Homes North West’s application.

The final proposal of the three is for up to 31 properties in Macclesfield, which Jones Homes North West is behind. It looks set to secure the green light.

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Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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