An appeal to enable six houses to be built on a vacant plot of land off Heyes Lane has been dismissed.
Deanbank Investments were refused planning permission in November 2020 to build two rows of three houses on land left to the RSPCA by a wild life enthusiast.
Each house would have 4 bedrooms, one of which will be located in the loft space, and two parking spaces.
The main issues raised were the effect of the development on the character and appearance of the area and the effect on pedestrian safety.
The Planning Inspectorate dismissed the appeal concluding "Although the development would not present a risk to pedestrian safety, it would harm the character and appearance of the area. It is considered that the proposal would conflict with the development plan taken as a whole and the material considerations above do not indicate the decision should be made other than in accordance with the development plan."
Cllr Craig Browne said "This result is a clear vindication of the decision made at Cheshire East Council's Northern Planning Committee in November 2020. More importantly however, it is the first appeal to be considered since the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan was overwhelmingly approved at referendum by the local community.
"The Appeal Inspector has clearly assigned significant weight to the wishes of local residents, democratically expressed through the Neighbourhood Plan and Policy AE3 (Sustainable Housing Design) in particular. The Neighbourhood Plan is not intended as a silver bullet to all development, but it is there to help provide an extra layer of protection against inappropriate development. I hope all applicants seeking to bring forward development proposals within our village will be mindful of this."
Deanbank Investments were previously refused planning permission in November 2018 to build a row of 8 three-bedroomed terraced houses along with 25 car parking spaces on the land off Heyes Lane.