Willaston and Rope Ward Councillor Brian Silvester is pleased that an application for 53 houses in the green gap in his ward is being recommended for refusal and he hope the Councillors on the planning committee will heed that recommendation..See link.
He said, “In 2012 Wain Homes had an application for 80 houses off Rope Lane refused because it was in the Green Gap.(See phase 1 attached) They gained permission on appeal and those houses are now being built. In the decision letter the Inspector said that the ‘the development would not materially reduce the physical or perceived separation of Shavington and Crewe.’ This latest application (see attached) will virtually obliterate the green gap between Shavington and the A500 and if the Gresty Oaks development is passed it will be gone for good. It would virtually destroy the Green Gap and the beautiful open countryside at the edge of Shavington and many acres of good agricultural land would be lost forever. It 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 Shavington village. Rope lane is congested and dangerous now at peak times.To have an additional 100 cars added to the traffic movements can only lead to further highway congestion and add to the accident and pollution problems.
No apparent regard has been taken of the fact that Swill Brook is a flood zone and that there is significant potential for flooding at the location of the proposed junction. Gresty Lane and gardens adjacent to the brook regularly flood now and this further development will only exasperate the flooding problems. Also the development would put extra pressure on local schools and NHS facilities which are already under pressure.
In summary there are good planning reasons to refuse this application. The Local Plan has been adopted by the Council and is now awaiting Government approval. This site has not been included as one of the strategic housing sites in the Local Plan. The site is marked in the submitted local plan as ‘Proposed Green Belt Broad Area of Search. I strongly feel that this application should be rejected. It is detrimental to the open countryside, it would mean the permanent loss of good agricultural land, it would bring further traffic problems, it would exasperate the current flooding problems, it impinges massively on the green gap between our towns and is unsustainable.”
Cllr Brian Silvester BA (Hons)
Willaston and Rope Ward UKIP Councillor
Cheshire East Council
11 Rimsdale Close
Tel/fax 01270 567757