The Strategic Planning Committee were due to determine plans which would significantly expand the retail park at Handforth Dean today, Wednesday, 19th April.
Four separate planning applications were on the agenda for today's meeting - which if approved will add a large number of retail units along with restaurants, cafes, drive-thus and parking adjacent to the existing Marks and Spencer and Tesco stores.
At their March meeting, members of the Strategic Planning Board decided to defer a decision on Orbit Developments' application, to demolish the existing warehouses at the junction of Earl Road and Epsom Avenue and replace them with a parade of six units and a standalone unit, until their next meeting. This decision was taken so it could be looked at alongside three applications from Alderley Edge based company CPG Development Projects for a retail and leisure development on a Council owned site at Earl Road.
However, having agreed that all the four retail applications relating to Handforth Dean should go to the same committee, so they could assess the cumulative impact, a decision was taken just prior to the Easter break to withdraw all four applications from today's meeting because the council felt there was insufficient time for the various parties to consider the retail impact report.
Therefore it was agreed that the four applications would be deferred until the next Strategic Planning Committee meeting on May 24th.