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50 houses set for town area

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

By Leslie Jackson

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TWO planning applications have been submitted which could see 50 new homes build in the Macclesfield Road area of Leek.

Ascent Housing, which is a joint venture between Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Your Housing, has applied to build 39 homes on the Sainsbury's development at the former Churnet Works site.

The site has outline planning permission to construct more than 80 units on the land which joins the already developed store, industrial units and petrol station.

However the three retail units have still to be built.

The development involves a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments, along with two and three bedroomed houses.

Seven of the houses would be available to purchase on a shared equity basis and four would be for outright sale.

The remainder would be available at an affordable rent through the council's choice based letting system.

Councillor Gill Burton, who has the responsibility for communities and Ascent Housing said: "It is proposed that the vast majority of the homes will be for affordable rent or will be offered on a shared equity basis."

In a separate application plans have been submitted for 11 new homes on land at Abbey View Fields, Bridge End, in Macclesfield Road.

The outline application proposes the erection of two-storey residential dwellings on a parcel of land which is currently occupied by two large reservoir pits.

The latest plan represents a re-submission following refusal last year of a plan which sought a similar level of development, spread out over a wider site area.

A design and access statement, produced on behalf of the applicant by Rob Duncan planning consultant, said: "The application site lies within the settlement boundary of Leek and is considered to constitute a sustainable location on the edge of the town.

"It is easily accessible by public transport, with frequent bus services available from Macclesfield Road, and is closely located to existing services and facilities.

"The sustainability of the site is further enhanced by the proximity of the recently constructed Sainsbury's development to the south of the site.

"The site is also considered to be predominantly brownfield in nature, defined as such by virtue of two large sunken reservoirs that currently occupy the site, that were previously used to store fresh water for use by a nearby dye works.

"The development will secure the removal of two redundant reservoir pits and will enhance the character of the area, and will also secure the delivery of high quality housing in a sustainable location on the edge of Leek."

The latest two plans come just two weeks after Sainsbury's withdrew its amended plans not to complete agreed work at the St Edward and Church Street junction.

The road works were approved in the original application in December 2010, which included the removal of the town's roundabout at the end of Derby Street.

The supermarket giant had put forward the amended plans because it stated traffic had not reached the capacity that was projected initially.

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