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Fury over plans to build 190 houses off Ashbourne Road in Cheadle behind Thorley Drive

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

By Abbey Buxton

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RESIDENTS living near to land where it is planned to build 190 homes are "infuriated" that they are fighting potential development on the site again - months after fighting plans to build 160 homes there.

Kler Group has submitted an outline planning application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to build 190 homes off Ashbourne Road in Cheadle, behind Thorley Drive.

It comes after David Wilson Homes, which had been designing preliminary proposals to build 160 homes on land south of Thorley Drive, decided not to go ahead with its plans in January.

The company held a public exhibition at The Bethel, Tape Street, Cheadle, in October last year and invited residents, local councillors and other interested parties to view the scheme and comment on the initial plans, prior to a full planning application.

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Kler Group claim that the local community has been consulted in respect of its development proposals through a public consultation event. But the public was only consulted on the David Wilson Homes development.

Now residents and local councillors are angry that not only has the area been put forward for development again, this time by Kler Group, but they have not been given the opportunity to have their say.

Resident Nigel Kelsall said: "Residents are infuriated that they have objected to development in this area in the past, yet it is now up for planning again.

"Any area in Cheadle is now fair game as far as Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are concerned, whatever the consequences. A planning notice was put up last week, but the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Charter says it is supposed to inform every affected resident. To date no one has had a letter.

"Numerous other residents may well be unaware of this potential building."

Deputy town mayor of Cheadle councillor Neil Plant is also angry that Kler Group has not consulted people on its development plans.

He said: "They should have had a consultation meeting with the district council, town council, and residents, like David Wilson Homes did, because they are looking to build more homes.

"We can't stop development as we have got to have a certain amount of houses, but I'm against these big estates.

"I don't feel that Thorley Drive can take that size of housing estate.

"There are smaller areas in Cheadle that need to be looked at first for housing development, to help bring the allocation down, instead of putting these large developments in.

"Cheadle hasn't got the infrastructure to support a development of this size; the schools are fit to burst, the road systems are appalling and there isn't enough in the town centre to offer all the extra people. The proposed access isn't very good either, it's on a very busy road where there is a speeding issue, next to a dangerous bend."

A spokesman from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council said the council has placed site notices in the area to make people aware of the application and will not be writing to individual residents in this case.

She added: "Anyone wishing to comment on the application has 21 days from site notices being put up to do so.

"In this case further notices were posted on Monday 4 August so people have until 25 August to comment.

"The earliest committee this particular application could come before would be the September meeting so there is plenty of time for people to share their views with the Council."

No one from Kler Group was available for comment at the time the Post & Times went to press.

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