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Wednesday 26 February 2014

Council recommends refusal of appeal for 880 houses at Gresty Oaks


Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor Brian Silvester has welcomed the news that Cheshire East Council (CEC) recommends refusal of the appeal for 880 houses at Gresty Oaks, Rope in his ward. (See link below)

He said," I opposed the proposed Gresty Oaks development of 880 houses on land bounded by Crewe Road, Rope Lane, Gresty Lane and the A500, mainly in the Parish of Rope in my Ward, which will now be decided by appeal because Cheshire East Council failed to determine it in the required time.

This is an application for a very large number of houses indeed. If it was passed it would go some way towards doubling the population of  the Rope Parish which is simply unacceptable. It would virtually destroy the Green Gap and the beautiful open countryside between Rope and Shavington and would be the latest step towards  joining Crewe up with its surrounding villages. Most  people are aware of the ugly urban sprawl in places like Stoke on Trent and we do not want that on our doorstep.

Rope Lane is the main route to Shavington High School and Crewe Road is the main route into Crewe. Both roads are congested and dangerous now at peak times. To have an additional 1600  cars  a day added to the traffic movements can only lead to horrendous highway congestion and add to the accident and pollution problems. The water courses in the area already flood when there is substantial rain  and a development of this size will only make that problem worse. The farmland involved is of high quality and should not be used for housing.  The developers are promising infrastructure investment to serve the proposed huge increase in the population of  Rope. Unfortunately, we know from experience in Crewe and Nantwich, that community facilities promised often don't materialise until years after the houses have been occupied, if at all.

In summary there are good planning reasons to refuse this appeaI. I strongly feel that applications like this should be refused. It is huge in size, it would overpower the existing village, it is detrimental to the open countryside, it impinges massively on the green gap between our towns and is unsustainable.

Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)  (Photo attached)

Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor

Cheshire East Council

11 Rimsdale Close



Tel/fax 01270 567757

Twitter @CllrBSilvester

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