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Thursday, 7 November 2013

SPB

 

                                           I refer to item 11, 13/3762N-Construction of 21 two-storey residential dwellings in my Ward. The site is in the Green Gap and the open countryside and the application was refused, by an overwhelming vote, for those reasons, earlier this year.It is now being recommended for approval only a few months later. The only matter of fact that has changed is that there were appeal decisions a few weeks ago which indicated that Cheshire East (CE) did not have a 5 year supply of housing.

However, in one of those  appeal decisions, the one in  in Alsager  on the 18/10/13 (attached) the Inspector concluded that the Council did not have a 5 year supply of housing but he went on to say that,'The lack of a 5 year supply of deliverable housing land does not provide an automatic 'green light' to planning permission'. He went on to say,'the balance lies with the harm to the character and appearance  of the countryside and is so significant that it outweighs the lack of housing.' He went on to dismiss the appeal and turned down the application for new housing.

Likewise the Cheerbrook Road  application also has  a significant detrimental impact on the open countryside. Also the  application is unsustainable for a variety of reasons. Roads in Willaston are congested and dangerous now at peak times. Parking is already a nightmare for many Willaston residents. Some buses now have to divert from the centre of the village because the congestion is so bad they cannot get through with the bus. To have over 40 more cars a day added to the traffic movements can only lead to further highway congestion, more parking problems, add to the accident numbers and the pollution concerns. The local Primary School is already over subscribed and can’t take any more children. There is already a flooding problem across the village after heavy rain and this further development will add to the pressure on the capacity of the sewers. Also the Cheerbrook Road part of the village has no public transport whatsoever.

In summary there are good planning reasons to refuse the Cheerbrook Road application even though there is not a 5 year housing supply and a Adopted Local Plan in place. I strongly feel that you  should be refusing applications like this that are detrimental to the open countryside, impinge on the green gaps between our towns and are unsustainable.

Yours faithfully,      

Cllr. Brian Silvester

SPB,

                                           I refer to item 11, 13/3762N-Construction of 21 two-storey residential dwellings in my Ward. The site is in the Green Gap and the open countryside and the application was refused, by an overwhelming vote, for those reasons, earlier this year.It is now being recommended for approval only a few months later. The only matter of fact that has changed is that there were appeal decisions a few weeks ago which indicated that Cheshire East (CE) did not have a 5 year supply of housing.

However, in one of those  appeal decisions, the one in  in Alsager  on the 18/10/13 (attached) the Inspector concluded that the Council did not have a 5 year supply of housing but he went on to say that,'The lack of a 5 year supply of deliverable housing land does not provide an automatic 'green light' to planning permission'. He went on to say,'the balance lies with the harm to the character and appearance  of the countryside and is so significant that it outweighs the lack of housing.' He went on to dismiss the appeal and turned down the application for new housing.

Likewise the Cheerbrook Road  application also has  a significant detrimental impact on the open countryside. Also the  application is unsustainable for a variety of reasons. Roads in Willaston are congested and dangerous now at peak times. Parking is already a nightmare for many Willaston residents. Some buses now have to divert from the centre of the village because the congestion is so bad they cannot get through with the bus. To have over 40 more cars a day added to the traffic movements can only lead to further highway congestion, more parking problems, add to the accident numbers and the pollution concerns. The local Primary School is already over subscribed and can’t take any more children. There is already a flooding problem across the village after heavy rain and this further development will add to the pressure on the capacity of the sewers. Also the Cheerbrook Road part of the village has no public transport whatsoever.

In summary there are good planning reasons to refuse the Cheerbrook Road application even though there is not a 5 year housing supply and a Adopted Local Plan in place. I strongly feel that you  should be refusing applications like this that are detrimental to the open countryside, impinge on the green gaps between our towns and are unsustainable.

Yours faithfully,      

Cllr. Brian Silvester

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