A FORMER factory site is set to become a new housing estate after planners approved proposals for 121 homes. Concerns over affordable housing, highways and recreation facilities were highlighted during a council debate. Councillors voted in favour of the scheme, but warned Cheadle's population of water voles must be protected.
Cecilly Mill in Oakamoor Road, Cheadle, has been an industrial site since the late 19th Century and was a textile mill before later becoming a JCB factory, which has now been demolished.
An outline planning application for access and development for up to 121 dwellings on the site was put before Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s planning applications committee on Thursday, September 25.
Planning officers at the council recommended the plans be approved and elected councillors agreed after a debate during the meeting.
District council and Cheadle Town Council, Peter Wilkinson addressed the committee as a public speaker, raising concerns over the siting of the access road, lack of affordable housing and the impact on Churchill Road recreation ground.
He called for a Section 106 agreement to include a condition that any financial contributions to the provision of open space be channelled to improvements at the rec.
Speaking on behalf of the applicant, agent Jim Malkin told the committee: “The redevelopment of this site will offer significant environmental, economic and social benefits.”
Councillors considered the potential issues the site could create in nearby roads and residential areas and urged the applicant to re-consider plans for shared parking areas, as well as raising concerns over an access road connecting Oakamoor Road and Churchill Road.
Cllr Paul Roberts moved approval of the plans. He said: “I’d like to see 30 per cent affordable housing, but there’s a possibility we could see zero per cent, so I’m happy at the moment to get anything between nine per cent and 14 per cent.
“I’d like to see each individual house have its own parking space. If we have shared parking it causes aggravation and I think there’s enough room to give each house its own parking space. I’m concerned with the road layout – I can see that becoming a rat run.”
The outline permission will allow the current owner to prepare the land for sale to a developer with planning permission in place.
The developer would then need to submit a reserved matters application dealing with the layout, the final number of homes and design.
Planning committee chairman Cllr Stephen Ellis, said: “I do have concerns about the through road because I can see people going through there.
“In regards to the Section 106 money, I think we’ve had our fingers burned, although there’s no decision made as yet.
“It does need to be in that S106 that this money is to be spent in this geographical location.
“Cheadle has a water vole population which is regionally notable, so that must be protected.
“In principle it’s something that’s very welcome, but I think there’s a lot of leg work to be done in the reserved matters application.”
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