Deanbank Investments Ltd, part of the Emerson Group, have submitted plans to build 8 dwellings ona plot of vacant land off Heyes Lane, which was left to the RSPCA by a wild life enthusiast.
David Brown, of 83 Heyes Lane, died in 2007 leaving his house and land to the charity. He wanted the land to be left for wildlife and specifically requested that it was not sold for building but the RSPCA put the land and property up for sale. In total fifteen bids were received, they accepted the highest offer from Deanbank Investments Ltdand the sale of the land was completed in August 2011.
Speaking about the sale, A spokesperson from the RSPCA told alderleyedge.com in April 2012 "We are incredibly grateful to Mr Brown for his generous bequest. The funds raised from the sale of his house were put towards the upkeep of cats as he requested.
"Mr Brown wished us in the legacy not to sell the land for building though this wasn't a binding condition of the will. However it is extremely regrettable that we were then not able to use the land in accordance with Mr Brown's wishes.
"We considered other options including using it for local RSPCA branches. At the time of Mr Brown's death in 2007, the plot (0.40 acres) was not viable for use by the RSPCA, especially as there was a moratorium on any planning consents except for housing association schemes or a nursing home.
"This moratorium was due to be in place until 2012, but was then lifted in 2008. At this point it became apparent that the value of land could decrease which would mean less money being available for animals under RSPCA care. So the then Chief Executive decided to proceed with the marketing of the property and the land."
The spokesperson added "The RSPCA has used the money from the sale of the land for its animals at the nearest wildlife rescue centre, Stapeley Grange as well as some other RSPCA centres."
Deanbank Investments have recently applied to build a row of 8 three-bedroomed terraced houses with 25 car parking spaces on the site which is constrained on three sides by existing dwellings.
The supporting documentation states "The proposed layout orientates the dwellings to face away from the neighbouring properties and make best use of the open views. A line of high level vegetation will be set along the North West boundary to maintain privacy to the large rear gardens of Oakfield Close. The orientation of the dwellings creates privacy within the rear gardens and exposes them to afternoon and evening sun."
Access to the development will be off Heyes Lane and an informal shared surface for access, parking and landscaping will be created by removing features such as kerbs, road surface markings and signage to minimise the segregation between modes of road user.
Alderley Edge Parish Council will consider this application at their Planning Committee meeting which will take place after their monthly meeting, which will take place from 7.30pm in the Festival Hall on Monday, 10th September.
The plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 18/4255M. The last date for submitting comments is October 4th and a decision is expected by 21st November.