Gladman withdraws 150-home application following refusal recommendation

Land promoter Gladman has withdrawn a planning application for a 150-home development in Cheshire, after planners recommended that the scheme be refused because the site lies within the open countryside and the council is able to demonstrate a five year housing land supply.

Cheshire East: local plan adopted in 2017
Cheshire East: local plan adopted in 2017

Cheshire East Borough Council had been due to consider the outline application at meeting of its planning committee tomorrow (28 August).

The application proposed to construct the homes on an 8.8-hectare greenfield site north east of Congleton.

Ahead of the meeting, planners had recommended that the scheme be refused.

A planning report noted that the site "lies outside of the settlement boundary in open countryside" as defined by policies PG2 and PG6 of the 2017 Cheshire East local plan. 

Planners also advised that the results  of the 2018 Housing Delivery Test confirmed that "housing delivery over the past three years (5,610 dwellings) has exceeded the number of homes required (3,067)".

The report also said the council’s most recent housing monitoring update had found that the council has "a deliverable five year housing land supply of 7.2 years".

The report said that "relevant policies concerning the supply of housing should therefore be considered up-to-date and consequently the ‘tilted balance’ at paragraph 11 of the National Planning Policy Framework is not engaged".

Elsewhere, the report said there was "insufficient ecological information included within the application and the development would result in the creation of unsafe access and egress for pedestrians from the site".

It also said the "internal road layout is considered to be of poor design likely to result in excessive speed and be unsafe contrary to Manual for Streets and adopted planning policy". In addition, the site "is considered locationally isolated and the proposals make no provision for links or modes of transport other than the private car".

Earlier this monthCheshire East Council approved a draft site allocations plan for 24,000 homes in areas outside its principal towns of Macclesfield and Crewe.

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