Two councils in the Moorlands have lodged their objection to a planning application that is asking Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build 228 homes in its vicinity. Bloor Homes is hoping to erect the dwellings on land east of Froghall Road in Cheadle.
Two councils in the Moorlands have lodged their objection to a planning application that is asking Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build 228 homes in its vicinity.
Bloor Homes is hoping to erect the dwellings on land east of Froghall Road in Cheadle.
Proposals say ten of the 228 homes will be self-build – or ‘custom-made’ – while 143 will be market housing.
Planning documents outline that 75 affordable housing dwellings are forecast to be built if proposals are passed, equating to 33 per cent of the total property count. The site is bordered to the south by an existing residential development off Hammersley Hayes Road.
Although in geographical terms the site would be classed within Cheadle, the land in question is in Kingsley Parish.
Kingsley Parish Council have objected to the plans following discussions at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 12.
The parish council had previously held a meeting with Cheadle Town Council representatives on Tuesday, October 5 in regards to the application.
Cheadle Town Council has since officially confirmed its support in opposing the development.
Ken Unwin, chair of Kingsley Parish Council, said: “Both meetings have been very useful and positive.
“We have agreed to take a mutual supportive approach to the issue.”
Kingsley Parish Council have highlighted five reasons for their objection stance, all of which were conveyed in a letter to its parish residents in Hammersley Hayes.
These were: Unsuitability in regards to the SMDC Local Plan; Unnecessary development; Inadequate road infrastructure; Inadequate Cheadle town infrastructure; And issues with highway safety.
A statement from the parish council said: “The proposed development is on agricultural land not identified as suitable for development within the SMDC Local Plan.
“The SMDC Local Plan identifies land as suitable for development to meet local needs upto 2031.
“The proposed development exceeds the agreed quota for housing in the area.
“The existing infrastructure of the town is barely adequate to cope with the existing population in particular with regard to schools and medical facilities.
“The proposed development would significantly add to the problem.
“The proposed access onto the development site off Froghall Road (A521) is considered to present a serious road safety risk.”
Chair of Development Services for Cheadle Town Council Councillor Alan Thomas added: “Cheadle Town Council has held meetings with Kingsley Parish Council in respect of the proposed development submitted by Bloor Homes.
“We fully endorse the planning objections submitted by Kingsley Parish Council at this time, and submit that the principal objection to this application centres round its locational unsuitability and the fact that this land has never been identified within the Local Plan for the area.
“There are also a number of additional planning considerations, such as the inadequacy of the road structure and the lack of existing infrastructure in the town, and whilst these are not deemed as a material planning consideration for objection, they are certainly a very important consideration for the residents within the North East Ward.
“Cheadle Town Council will continue to monitor the progress of this application alongside our colleagues in Kingsley.”
More than 15 letters of objection from residents have been filed, which touch on similar reasons raised by Kingsley Parish Council, most commonly regarding infrastructure.
Severn Water Trent (subject to conditions) and The Environment Agency said on Monday (October 18) they had no objections to the proposal.
A consultation response from Staffordshire Police on October 5 said the force “would have no issues with the principle of developing this application site for residential purposes.”
The period for public consultation is set to end on November 3 and the final decision on the planning application is set to be made by SMDC.
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