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25 NOV

More than 70 objections lodged against development

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Two parish councils have re-affirmed their position on a proposed major housing development in the Moorlands after it received more than 70 objections from residents. Bloor Homes is asking Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build 228 homes on land east of Froghall Road in Cheadle.

Two parish councils have re-affirmed their position on a proposed major housing development in the Moorlands after it received more than 70 objections from residents.

Bloor Homes is asking Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build 228 homes 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.

Last month the Times & Echo reported that both Kingsley Parish and Cheadle Town councils jointly objected to the plans after representatives held a meeting together.

Since then, more than 70 objections from residents have been submitted to SMDC regarding the proposals. The most common issues raised were concerns over flooding, wildlife and town infrastructure.

Road traffic worries, namely about the proposed access point off Froghall Road, were at the forefront of most of the objections.

A consultation response from the Environment Agency said it had no objections to the plans while Staffordshire Police said they had “no issues with the principle of developing this application site for residential purposes.”

Both Severn Trent Water and the Coal Authority have no objections subject to various respective conditions.

However, Staffordshire County Council Highways said the application should be refused due to access and traffic flow concerns in a “less than suitable location” as well as there being “insufficient information.”

Additionally, within its consultation response, it said that there had been “no pre-application consultation with Highways.”

Now, after a second meeting, Cheadle and Kingsley parish councils have underlined and furthermore reiterated why they oppose the development.

In a statement they 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 road network to the north of Cheadle is wholly inadequate to cope with the existing level of local and through traffic.

“The proposed development would significantly add to the problem.

“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.”

Kingsley Parish Council chair Ken Unwin and Alan Thomas of Cheadle Town Council jointly added: “There are a number of well-founded concerns about this planning application which has very significant implications for Cheadle and the surrounding area.

“We note the large number of objections raised by the public now recorded on the file.

“It is likely to be some weeks before this issue is determined by the SMDC planning officer / committee.

“Despite having passed the initial date for responses, we would encourage anyone who has concerns about the planning proposal to set out their objections in writing to the SMDC planning officer as soon as possible.”

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