Controversial Chelford Road housing scheme approved

Ignoring a significant flood risk, Cheshire East Council have approved plans to build 216 homes on land south of Chelford Road.

This was the second time the application had come to committee, having been deferred during October’s meeting in a bid to get more details on biodiversity net gain and drainage.

The project had been recommended for approval by planning officers.

The application focuses on nearly 57 acres of fields south of Chelford Road and includes the installation of a new roundabout to enable vehicle access to the development.

Of the 216 approved homes, 65 are set to be designated affordable. Included in the designs are 10 one-bed homes, 50 two-bed ones, 73 three-bed houses, and 83 four-bed dwellings.

The housing plan had been controversial, securing numerous objections from the local parish and town council, as well as area MP David Rutley. In the end, six councillors voted in favour of the application and only one against it. Three abstained.

The application reference number for the scheme is 19/5582M.

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