Village at 'threat of over-development'

AE1 Call for Sites Map

Cheshire East Council (CEC) has published the list sites in Alderley Edge which have been put forward for development in the period up until 2030.

Cheshire East Council adopted Part One of the Local Plan in July, which allocates sites for development and employment land in the Key Service Centres (i.e. the main towns). The focus has now moved onto Part Two of the Local Plan which deals with the Local Service Centres (of which Alderley Edge is one).

Earlier this year, CEC carried out a "Call for Sites" consultation which invited developers and landowners to identify sites that they wanted to develop as part of the Local Plan. CEC has now issued the results of that consultation to Town & Parish Councils.

The sites, as identified on the map above, are as follows:

  • CFS130 - Land North of Beech Road - 3.80 hectares
  • CFS132 - Land at Horseshoe Farm - 0.75 hectares
  • CFS350 Land at Chorley Hall Lane - 1.41 hectares
, proposed for employment use.
  • CFS359/400 - Land South of Lydiat Lane - 2.43 hectares
  • CFS370 - Land West of Heyes Lane - 4.87 hectares - proposed for a mix of employment and residential use
  • CFS394- Land South of Netherfields - 2.23 hectares
  • CFS404 - Land North & South of Chelford Road) - 47.81 hectares
  • CFS405 - Land at Whitehall Meadow - 3.27 hectares
  • CFS620 - Land to the rear of 40 Congleton Road - 14.01 hectares

A spokesperson for the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan steering group, said "We wanted to share this information with residents of Alderley Edge without delay. Please bear in mind that this is just a list of sites identified by developers and landowners. CEC is not recommending them for development at this stage; however, we are very concerned about the potential impact these sites could have if they were included in the CE Local Plan."

They continued "
We have previously shared the known proposals submitted by Story Homes (CFS404, CFS359, CFS400, CFS394), David Wilson Homes (CFS405) and the Sims Family (CFS130), but it is clear from the list that other developers and landowners have put forward additional sites of which we were previously unaware.

The Steering Group commented "The total land mass of the additional sites alone is 20.29 hectares. In a medium density housing area, this would accommodate as many as 1,000 new homes, over and above those already made public. The only means that we as a community have to manage the threat of overdevelopment is to create a sound Neighbourhood Plan - endorsed by the community."

The Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan steering group have called a public meeting to discuss the potential implications of these additional sites, to share the information they have to date, inform residents how they can help the community avoid the threat of over-development, and discuss what is needed to take the Neighbourhood Plan forward.

The spokesperson added "If you have an interest in the future of our village - and particularly if you have experience of the planning process - then please attend the public meeting at Alderley Edge School for Girls, on Thursday 16th November, at 7.30pm, or contact the steering group.

"We would appreciate it if you could register your interest in attending, by emailing the Neighbourhood Plan group in advance at AlderleyNP@gmail.com."

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Cheshire East Council, Local Plan, Neighbourhood Plan
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Melanie Connor
Wednesday 11th October 2017 at 6:59 pm
Far too much - will ruin the village but have no confidence in those in charge locally to have any influence.
We should be concentrating gettigbthe riafs in better order and parking sorted, before adding to a problem.
Plus without an increased infrastructure it is pointless
Elizabeth Mooney
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 4:48 am
Melanie, very well said. Our excellent local schools are already at full capacity. Wilmslow High school (I believe) has for the last 2 years seen a huge spike in applications. Our local hospital is under enormous pressure. Roads and pavements around the village are left unrepaired and neglected and parking is tight as we all know. Some of that development proposed is on a well known marshy area which floods regularly so increased tarmac/concrete will merely displace the water and causing flooding elsewhere. The amount of affordable housing built in a prime location such as Alderley Edge will no doubt be negligble and air pollution will increase.
This is short term gain to line the pockets of a few developers which will destroy this village an affect the quality of life detrimentally. Infrastrucure is given zero consideration (unlike the housebuilding boom in the 50"s which coincided with schools, hospital and road building). This is NOT progress and to oppose blanket ill though out mass re-development of this lovely village is not "nimbyism"
Richard Downs
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 8:14 am
Can someone please point me to the document on Cheshire East which has more information on the Local Service Centres?
Jackie Pass
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 9:27 am
Is it me or do two of these proposals actually fall within Wilmslow? If so this would mean that the Council has put in for Stanneylands Road under its Handforth applications (yet it is in Wilmslow - Styal Ward) and two of these applications would also technically fall within the boundaries of Wilmslow. Fill in the gap with the proposals for Royal London and you have effectively built continuously from Handforth through to the southern parts of Alderley Edge. What's next to fall- Nether Alderley - on the next Local Plan? Craig can you help please?
Craig Browne
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 9:39 am
Hi Richard,

You may find the following web page a useful starting point, particularly the "Report of Consultation on the SADPD Issues Paper"

http://bit.ly/2wQXeCF

Kind regards,
Craig
Fenton Simpson
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 12:43 pm
So Chorley Hall Lane allotments and the playing field is proposed for employment use ?

"CFS350 Land at Chorley Hall Lane - 1.41 hectares, proposed for employment use."

What possible use could it be used for sandwiched in between the housing estate and the railway with an already difficult access road.
Craig Browne
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 4:25 pm
Hi Jackie,

Yes, you are right - two (technically three) of the sites that have been suggested, fall within the Wilmslow East Ward. There is a danger that these could end up being developed as "windfall" sites (if at any point between now and 2030, Cheshire East is not able to demonstrate a 5-year housing supply).

The most effective way for us as a community to guard against this, is to create a robust Neighbourhood Plan, with strongly evidenced housing policies; hence the reason for the proposed public meeting. Fortunately, we are able to add sites that lie outside our own Parish Boundary to our Neighbourhood Plan Area.

Kind regards,
Craig
Alan Brough
Thursday 12th October 2017 at 10:33 pm
Craig,

Are you saying that you can add sites in Wilmslow East Ward to an AEPC Neighbourhood Plan?
Craig Browne
Friday 13th October 2017 at 12:23 pm
Hi Alan,

Yes, that is correct.

A Neighbourhood Area can include parts of an adjoining parish (with the latter's agreement); conversely, it need not cover the whole if its own parish, but could focus on certain key areas within that parish, e.g. a Conservation Area.

Kind regards,
Craig
Mike Dudley-Jones
Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 8:36 am
Melanie Connor,

You will of course be aware that the only way the residents of Alderley Edge can influence the development of our Village for the future is by creating a robust Neighbourhood Plan.

This is being addressed by a number of volunteers and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group's contact and future meetings details are available within Lisa Reeves' article. The Parish Council's role is to advise and assist in the process.

So what do you know about the Neighbourhood Plan and the members of the Steering Group that causes you to say 'you have no confidence in those in charge locally to have any influence'? Do you know that they have somehow forgotten about 'infrastructure' - because I can assure you they have not!


I should remind you, although I should not need to, that the Villagers are in charge in this Village and we as Parish Councillors or Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group members will put together a carefully researched Plan to present to our residents so that they can see we have done everything we can to protect the Village from rampant development.

Perhaps, though, you just want a return to those days where 'being in charge' was the way forward although I seem to recall that didn't quite work!

Did it?
Claire MacLeod
Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 6:39 pm
Good evening, Melanie

I refer, too, to the opening comment in your post: "will ruin the village but have no confidence in those in charge locally to have any influence". It is difficult to see this remark as anything other than continued sour grapes, as you as a former Parish Councillor were soundly ousted from your position, along with your fellow Parish Councillors at the last Parish Council elections. Whilst, naturally, you are entitled to an opinion and entitled to voice that opinion in this forum, your comment (from what I can understand) does not offer any compelling evidence to support your criticism. From where I sit, it appears that the local Parish Council are doing a great deal for this local community under very challenging circumstances. The absence of negative comments on this site is the evidence I offer for this observation. When you and 'your lot' were holding the reins, this site was awash with comments from a large number of disgruntled parishioners who felt that they were being ridden rough shod over, being kept in the dark, and not being consulted. The results of the election reflected this, too.

In stark contrast, it would be difficult to deny that with Cllr Browne's regular blog, and social media activity, along with his widely publicised regular clinics to talk with Alderley Edge residents, along with the wider Parish Council's strategy of consultation and regular updates, we can no longer claim to be left in the dark.

As a former Parish Councillor, I'm certain you have first hand experience of how apparently simple solutions to challenges can evolve into much more complex ones, particularly when dealing with both national and regional politicians, each with their own priorities and agendas.

If I understand the article above correctly, it is up to us, the residents of the local community to step up and get involved, if we wish to have an influence on the outcome of this village's future. And that's exactly how it should be. I agree with your comments that the map outlining proposed development is 'far too much'. So I look forward to seeing you at the meeting on 16 November so you can contribute in a positive way, along with other residents, to prevent unwanted and excessive development in this lovely village of ours.
Mark Hillyard
Tuesday 17th October 2017 at 8:02 pm
Craig,

You produced a questionnaire for public consultation which the number 1 choice was apparently Harden Park. My understanding is that this site should not have actually been on the questionnaire because it is being built on already - is this correct?. Now it appears that there are in fact more sites being contemplated (above) which were not even part of the questionnaire and also it seems now we can consider sites from neighbouring parishes.

So... what was the point of the questionnaire? will you be issuing a revised questionnaire? Has the call for sites ended now or will others be added? Do you feel that you will be able to have a full and complete list of sites in order to satisfy the allocation of new homes or will just more and more sites come into contention.
Claire MacLeod
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 9:54 am
Hi Mark

I think it might be worth reading the article again. The site locations marked on the map have only just been released by Cheshire East Council. This is why the Parish Council is making the residents aware of them. As far as I can tell, the article represents a 'call to arms', as I'm sure the Parish Council are as taken aback as we are at the extent of the potential development. 'Call to arms' seems like an appropriate phrase, given that the map resembles a battle plan, from which Alderley Edge is apparently being invaded from all fronts.

Best wishes
Jackie Pass
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 1:47 pm
Craig - more questions. This map is the result of a call for sites. Was that call for sites a general one or was it just for the parish of Alderley? I suspect it was the latter - if so - when was the last call for sites? You see I am amazed that some of these sites have only now appeared when the Local Plan has been 5 years in the making. Is it that they are now beginning to "bank" sites ready for the next Local Plan?
Craig Browne
Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 8:44 pm
Hi Mark,

Thanks for your questions; however, Claire is right in that the article is principally a call to action. A Neighbourhood Plan is supposed to be led by the community, rather than the Parish Council (although the PC of course have a role to play in facilitating the process); hence it is the Neighbourhood Plan, not the Parish Council Plan.

There has been some confusion and I think this is understandable, given the complexity of the issues we are all grappling with. The Local Service Centres (Alderley Edge is one of thirteen) are expected to take their share of 3,500 homes as part of Part Two of the Local Plan; however, permissions already granted (e.g. Harden Park) can be taken away from this figure.

The original questionnaire was sent out before the results of the Call for Sites (a Cheshire East wide consultation) were known. It addressed many other issues (e.g. amenities, parking, village character etc), so although we may need to re-consult on the potential sites that have now come forward, there is no need to repeat the whole questionnaire.

The Call for Sites was carried out as part of the Cheshire East Local Plan, for a six week period between 21st February and 10th April this year.

Kind regards,
Craig

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