A planning application for up to 190 houses in Holmes Chapel on the Holmes Chapel/Brereton border off London Road has been approved by the Secretary of State on appeal.
The site is an area of around 16 hectares to the west of London Road, on the southern edge of Holmes Chapel. It comprises a number of fields, including two ponds, with hedges marking many of the boundaries. There are public rights of way running close to the southern and western boundaries of the site (partly within the site). It falls within Brereton but is around 1km from the centre of Holmes Chapel.
The application by Gladman Developments Limited had originally been turned down by Cheshire East Council, but Gladman had appealed. Local residents as well as Parish Councils and local councillors had expressed their unhappiness at the proposal.
This follows the large scale housing approvals all around Holmes Chapel which have seen a huge expansion in housing which has not brought with it any improvements in infrastructure in terms of road network improvements, or in terms of amenities such as GP provision, access to dentists, school places etc. The impact of the decision is also compounded by the recent failure of JS Sainsbury to deliver on their proposed large supermarket and petrol station development which would have been across the road from this application.
You can read the full decision document on the Government website here. You can also access all the original plans and details and local residents comments on the Cheshire East planning portal .
There are a number of conditions that must be met by the developer which are set out in the Government’s statement, these include a requirement for at least 30% of the homes to be affordable housing. What do you think? Have your say below or on our forum.