Furniture store plans back on the table


Plans to build a furniture shop in the Nether Alderley Green Belt will be discussed for the second time by the Northern Planning Committee next week.

Furnibarn are seeking to demolish the existing buildings at Iron Gate Farm, near Monks Heath Crossroads, and construct a new building for a furniture showroom, store and associated car parking.

The site is located within the Green Belt and currently consists of a group of buildings that were formally in agricultural use.

Nether Alderley Parish Council objected to the plans on the grounds that the site was too small and tight for the proposed use by large vehicles, its entrance is too close to traffic lights and both the entrance and exit points are too tight for entrance and egress without the need for a large vehicle to encroach on the opposite highway.

The application was deferred by the Northern Planning Committee last month as they sought further information about the traffic plan and access arrangement through the adjacent nursery car park.

Since the deferral the Furnibarn have provided an amended site layout showing the access and egress through the nursery car park and a traffic management plan as well as confirmation they have access rights through the nursery car park.

This information has been considered by the Head of Strategic Infrastructure who agrees the points raised have been addressed so, as in the original report the plans are being recommended for approval at the Northern Planning Committee on Wednesday, 12th July.

Furnibarn, Nether Alderley, Planning Applications


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Simon Carden
Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 5:09 pm
Retail use instead of agricultural buildings on green belt must be a straight NO. It shouldn't be down to access problems as a factor , it should be a flat NO. Still once they have planning they can always turn it around to food retail use and flog it to M&S at least then we will not have the death trap off Heyes Lane London Road.
Sue Joseph
Tuesday 11th July 2017 at 8:16 pm
As I actually live next to the proposed development I am very concerned both from the traffic increase and dangerous access and egress issues, and the change from a carpet storage area and small carpet showroom to a full scale furniture store. The other worry is that permission for the Tesco owned Garden Centre will then be granted at the end of Melrose Way and also the Water Park in the old Mere Farm Quarry . Together with the houses being built at the south end of Alderley Park the whole character of Nether Alderley/Monks Heath will be totally changed and the already dangerous junction at Monks Heath will become completely jammed. Please don't wish the M&S store on us as well!