Gladman greenfield scheme among 180 homes blocked by Cheshire council

Cheshire East Council has refused two planning applications for over 180 homes, including a 98-home application submitted by land promoter Gladman for an unallocated greenfield site.

An artist's impression of Gladman's plans for 98 homes near Congleton. Image: Gladman
An artist's impression of Gladman's plans for 98 homes near Congleton. Image: Gladman

Gladman’s scheme was one of two applications rejected by Cheshire East Council this week, while plans for 224 homes on a site with outline permission were approved.  

The Cheshire-based firm, which is the most active land promoter in the country, sought outline permission for up to 98 homes alongside public open space, landscaping and a sustainable drainage system on land south of Congleton.

Officers advised that the site lay in open countryside and that the council was able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.

While the proposed scheme would provide benefits in terms of housing provision, officers noted the development would also result in visual harm to the landscape and loss of agricultural land.

Councillors rejected the application on the grounds that the development’s location in the open countryside meant it was unsustainable and contravened the Cheshire East local plan.

They added that a lack of footpaths and cycle paths meant "safe and suitable access" had not been demonstrated. 

At the same strategic planning board meeting, plans submitted by Muller Property Group for a 78-bed care facility and 85 homes on a site allocated for residential development in Sandbach were also rejected.

Officers advised that the site was "an important gateway location and prominent site" and that the proposed scheme would "not suitably integrate or add to the overall quality to the area in character or landscape terms". 

Councillors also cited concerns about the level of car parking proposed and the loss of a wildlife habitat and biodiversity in their reasons for refusal.

Meanwhile, Anwyl Homes secured reserved matters approval for a 224-home development in Handforth, on a site with outline permission for up to 250 dwellings.

Officers advised that the site was allocated for residential development in the Cheshire East local plan and that a policy-compliant affordable housing contribution of 67 home was proposed.


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