A town council has voted to recommend refusal of a planning application to build a further 40 houses on the outskirts of their town. An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for “outline planning permission with all matters reserved for residential development of up to 40 dwellings and associated works” at land South of Thorley Drive in Cheadle.
A town council has voted to recommend refusal of a planning application to build a further 40 houses on the outskirts of their town.
An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for “outline planning permission with all matters reserved for residential development of up to 40 dwellings and associated works” at land South of Thorley Drive in Cheadle.
A development to build 57 houses on neighbouring land, also off Thorley Drive, is already underway after gaining permission to do so by SMDC.
Members of Cheadle Town Council discussed the new development application during their virtual meeting on Monday (November 2).
Councillor Richard Alcock said he was “dead against” the application. He said: “There’s not enough facilities in the town for anymore houses. We have less facilities in Cheadle than we had 30 years ago. And the roads will get even more blocked than they are now.”
Councillor Greg Powell also stated that he objected to the plans and proposed that the town council recommended refusal of the latest planning application for land off Thorley Drive.
He read out a statement which he proposed should be sent to SMDC from the town council about the application.
He said: “In 2014 an application no: SMD/2014/0227 for 197 houses was refused on the decision of the planning committee, due to the amount of additional traffic that would result on to Ashbourne Road and the Tape Street roundabout.
“The refusal was informed by local opinion including a study in 2014, and SCC commissioned Transport Studies carried out in 2015 and 2017 by Amey. The 2017 report stated ‘Peak Conditions are constrained, with numerous links already operating near or at capacity without development flows’.
“The Highways agency revoked its original objection on the understanding that a S106 agreement for £200,000 would be made’ towards junction improvement of the Tape Street/Ashbourne Road Roundabout. No plans have been or are likely to be forthcoming to improve the roundabout Junction.
“The traffic implications of the current houses being built next to Thorley Drive have not yet taken place, even if the application where acceptable it would be prudent to observe the impact.
“We believe this application is a clear attempt to step increase the number of houses back to the original application through a series of applications until the original figure is reached.
“On the current development, the number of affordable houses has been dropped from 19 to 10 on the grounds that it is not financially viable. It will be no surprise if that figure disappears completely. This new proposal starts as did the first with a claim of providing 33 per cent (13) affordable houses, we think this will get reduced or dropped again if they are given permission.
“SMDC have finally agreed the Local Plan, this development sits outside the local plan, it is not a preferred site. The Local Plan sets out preferred sites for housing across the Moorlands, and has already identified a very significant 1,236 plots for Cheadle to last to 2033.
“If this application is approved it would set a president to allow developers yet again to build anywhere in the Moorlands.”
Councillor Ray Wood then seconded cllr Powell’s proposal of objection and then all Cheadle Town councillors present at the meeting voted on the proposal with the majority voting for recommending refusal.
The decision on the new plans for land off Thorley Drive is set to be made by SMDC.
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