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160 houses plan for town estate

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 25, 2013

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RESIDENTS are "up in arms" over proposals for a development which would see more than 100 homes built on land south of Thorley Drive in Cheadle.

 

David Wilson Homes is in the process of designing initial proposals for the development of the site with a residential scheme, to provide in the region of 160 new homes, including affordable housing.

The company is holding a public exhibition of its preliminary proposals at The Bethel, Tape Street, Cheadle, on Wednesday, October 2, 4pm and 7.30pm and are inviting residents to attend a dedicated preview session of the exhibition, prior to the public event, between 2pm and 4pm.

The preview session and the exhibition will provide an opportunity for local people to view the scheme and comment on the initial plans, prior to the submission of a full planning application. In addition, members of the project team will be in attendance to answer any queries.

Residents were notified of the proposals and meeting via a letter posted through their doors which adds: "The overall aim will be to retain the site’s existing boundary trees and hedges where possible, and provide a significant new area of public open space around the edge of the development to help the scheme blend with its rural surroundings.

"In 2012 the site was considered for potential new housing in Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s ‘Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment’ (SHLAA).

"David Wilson Homes is committed to engaging with the local community regarding its preliminary plans, to obtain local feedback, which will, where possible, be incorporated into the final proposals.

"We hope that you will be able to attend either the preview session or the subsequent public exhibition on Wednesday 2 October.

"However, should you be unable to attend and require any further information at this stage, please do not hesitate to contact 0800 298 7040 or visit the project’s website www.consultation-online.co.uk/cheadle where the preliminary plans will be available to view and comment on from October 2."

Sarah Clowes, of Rockingham Drive, is annoyed that only people in Thorley Drive have been notified, as the proposals affect everyone living in the area.

She said: "My dad lives in Thorley Drive and I grew up there; I'm surprised and unhappy that no one else was notified because everyone should know about this and be able to have a say.

"It affects everyone living in the area, as we will all be sharing the same roads and access points, and if it goes ahead we'll lose a lot of countryside."

Nigel Kelsall, of Thorley Drive, added: "The district council has already said the area is unsuitable for housing, due to the poor infrastructure, roads and layout of the land, yet a private developer has sent these letters saying they're going to have a consultation to put a load of houses there.

"We've only been given six days notice and it's taking place in an afternoon when a lot of people are working and won't be able to go. The way it's been acted upon is very poor.

"There was an awful lot of upset and people were up in arms when it first came up as a potential housing site and now this developer is picking a thorn again; it's going to cause a lot unrest and aggravation."

Cheadle town councillor for the area, Richard Alcock, said the town could not support any more houses.

He added: "We don't need any more houses in Cheadle, the town's congested with traffic as it is.

"The area was declared unsuitable a couple of years ago and district council leader Sybil Ralphs said there could be no more houses or estates in Cheadle until the roads and infrastructure were sorted out."

Fellow Cheadle town councillor Peter Elkin said: "It's come out of the blue. We've got to get together on this, it is important to make sure that residents make their feelings known and attend this public event on October 2."

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