Decision due on revised housing plan for land off Heyes Lane

Revised plans to build six dwellings on a vacant infill site situated off Heyes Lane, left to the RSPCA by a wild life enthusiast, will be considered by the Northern Planning Committee next week.

Deanbank Investments were refused planning permission in November 2020 to build two rows of three houses. (Planning application reference 19/0684M).

An appeal was dismissed in June 2021 with the main issues being the effect of the development on the character and appearance of the area and the effect on pedestrian safety.

The proposal called for a stretch of Heyes Lane to be moved to create a larger junction to access the site. This would result in the loss of the green verges in that area.

The resubmitted application, which is to be considered next week, is to build two bungalows and four two-storey properties with accommodation in the roof space. Access would be via an unadopted road off Heyes Lane between 75 and 89 Heyes Lane. Additionally the grass verge opposite will be retained.

The Parish Council recommended refusal on a number of grounds including: inadequate parking provision; the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Development Plan has now been made and as such, needs full consideration; the addition of more traffic to Heyes Lane at its junction with Buck Horn Street will add to a busy road and The proposal does not comply with saved Macclesfield Borough Local Plan policy DC38 which calls for a minimum separation of 18m between the front of dwellings.

Additionally, objections were received from over 112 addresses, including a petition and the 'Edge Association residents' group.

Grounds upon which they objected included: proposal is contrary to Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan, Macclesfield Borough Local Plan and Cheshire East Local Plans Strategy; proposal fails to enhance the landscape character of the area and does not provide appropriate mix of housing; lack of parking provision

Additionally: the development, style and design is out of keeping with the traditional character of the area and the scale will dominate neighbouring properties; dwellings are large and close to each other and the potential impact on trees including Grade A1 Oak at the site entrance and access is dangerous.

The planning officer has recommended the application for approval at the meeting of the Northern Planning Committee on Wednesday, 13th July.

Concluding:

  • The development is considered to be acceptable in terms of its impact upon the highway network and parking provision.
  • There would be no significant impacts in terms of flood risk drainage or ecology
  • The impact upon trees is acceptable subject to the imposition of planning conditions
  • The design is considered to be acceptable
  • The proposal is for sustainable development which would bring environmental, economic and social benefits.
  • The proposal is therefore considered to be acceptable in the context of the relevant policies of the Cheshire East Local Plan Strategy, the saved policies of the Macclesfield Borough Local Plan, the policies within the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan and advice contained within the NPPF.

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.

The revised plans can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website by searching for planning reference 21/5812M.

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