Controversial plans to build six dwellings on a vacant infill site situated off Heyes Lane, left to the RSPCA by a wild life enthusiast, were approved by the Northern Planning Committee on Wednesday, 13th July.
Deanbank Investments were granted planning permission to build two bungalows and four two-storey properties with accommodation in the roof space.
The committee voted to approve the application by six votes to four, with two abstentions, having deliberated over the plans for approximately an hour and forty minutes.
Nineteen planning conditions were added, in line with the officer's recommendation, including the removal of permitted development rights for extensions and outbuildings to the proposed new dwellings.
Councillor Craig Browne, spoke against the proposals, in his capacity as Ward Councillor, whilst Councillor Mike Dudley-Jones represented Alderley Edge Parish Council and Mr David Brickwood spoke on behalf of the Edge Association.
Councillor Browne said "Together, we highlighted four policy areas where the development proposals are non-compliant: Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan Policies AE2 (protecting the amenity of neighbouring residents) and AE4 (back land development where there would be an unacceptable impact on the character of the local area); and Macclesfield Borough Local Plan Policies DC38 (inadequate separation distances between the proposed new dwellings, frontage to frontage), as well as Policy DC3 (amenity of adjoining or nearby residential properties, due to access or car parking)."
He added "With over 180 representations listed on the planning portal, it is disappointing that a majority of members of the Northern Planning Committee chose to ignore the concerns of local residents in respect of this application and to grant approval in favour of the developer.
"Several previous iterations of this application have been refused, either under delegated authority (by officers), or most recently by an Appeal Inspector almost 12 months ago. I firmly believe that, had the committee members chosen to refuse the current version, this could also have been successfully defended at appeal; however, six of the twelve members of the planning committee clearly felt differently and unfortunately, we have no option now but to accept their decision."