Cheshire East set to approve 900 new homes near Congleton | Knutsford Times

Cheshire East set to approve 900 new homes

By on October 24, 2017

Cheshire East Council is set to give the go-ahead to 900 new homes across three developments when its strategic planning board meets today.

The largest of these is an outline application to build 500 new homes, a school, and retail on land between Manchester Road and Giantswood Lane in Hulme Walfield, near Congleton.

Despite objections from Jodrell Bank, the application form from The Worth Partnership has been recommended for approval. Cheshire East is seeking a contribution from the developer towards the Congleton Link Road 64-acre site as a condition of planning approval to go towards the new Congleton Link Road.

The council also said 17.5% of the homes should be classed as affordable, and the developer is providing a £3.2m commuted sum towards education provision to allow the construction of a school on the site.

Meanwhile, Himor has lodged a planning application for 250 homes on agricultural land between Clay Lane and Sagars Road in Handforth. A neighbouring two-storey house on Hampson Crescent will be demolished to allow access to the site.

Cheshire East’s planning officers recommended the scheme for approval, based on Himor providing 30% affordable homes on the site, and an £85,000 contribution towards local footpath improvements. The development has also received nearly 400 objection letters from local residents.

The third application, lodged by planning consultant Hourigan Connolly, includes 150 homes on a 13-acre greenfield site south of Poynton. Existing farm buildings will make way for the scheme, which has also been recommended for approval by Cheshire East planning officers.

Like Himor’s development in Handforth, the Poynton scheme will also be required to provide 30% affordable housing, alongside a financial contribution to the Poynton Relief Road, local education services, and a healthcare provision.

Despite the planning officers’ recommendation, Poyton’s town council has opposed the scheme, arguing it would lead to “unacceptable” increases in traffic.

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