PROPOSALS to build a development of houses in the Moorlands is set to be decided upon tomorrow after it has been recommended by council officers for approval despite initial objections from nearby residents. Land adjacent to Rakeway Road in Cheadle is subject of a revised planning application that asks permission for three semi-detached houses to be built with off-street parking. This is an amended plan from developers Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy, who amended their plans “following concerns regarding the scale and suburban character and appearance of the scheme.”
The initial application brought several objections including from Cheadle Unite; an “action group that aims to raise awareness of the proposed developments in Cheadle and promote action for the benefit of the town.”
A spokesman for the group said: “Residents have raised concerns regarding road safety implications for the proposed development.
“The proposed development is adjacent to a blind bend.
“Vehicles unfortunately frequently exceed the 40 miles per hour limit along Rakeway and up to the notorious Freehay crossroads.
“Unless it is clearly prohibited, vehicles parked on Rakeway Road would present moving traffic with a dangerous manoeuvre.”
Gregory Powell, a resident, said in his objection submitted to SMDC: “Residents feel for road safety. There must be adequate off road parking and prohibition of on‐road parking.
“Traffic from Cheadle heading to Freehay cannot see any oncoming traffic that may be in their lane.”
The newly-amended application states that: “Each dwelling will benefit from two off-street parking spaces.”
Further concerns from one objector questioned if this was enough space, suggesting that cars may still park on the road unless they are prohibited to do so.
The Staffordshire County Highway Authority said it is “satisfied” that “the amendments made achieve a sufficient visibility splay.”
Cheadle Town Council along with Severn Trent Water and Staffordshire County Council Minerals and Waste Planning said they have no objections against the plans.
The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Planning Officer has recommended it for approval with the final decision from the planning committee being made at the SMDC Planning Committee meeting tomorrow afternoon at Moorlands House in Leek.
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