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70 homes refused for proposed Tean development

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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PLANS to build 70 houses on a site which sits outside a village settlement boundary and falls within flood zone three have been thrown out.

The public gallery was full at the meeting of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee on Thursday, May 1, when a long debate took place over a proposed development planned for a site in Cheadle Road, Upper Tean for Renew Land Developments Ltd.

Seventy seven people along with a parish council had objected to the proposal.

Objectors stated the site flooded and the development would create more problems and would also have a harmful impact on the ecology and wildlife.

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Speaking to the committee objector Thomas Christopher said: "This plan could be soul destroying for the village. It is the last remaining green site in Upper Tean.

"The developers have been disrespectful and told us the plan was in the bag and would go ahead. Local people are the best judges in their community."

Another objector David Ball said there had been little impact on the site since the 18th century.

He said: "There are about 500 broadleaf trees which soak up the water to keep the river bank together. If the site was developed these trees would be lost."

Councillor Keith Flunder, who was representing Checkley Parish Council said residents views in the area had not been taken into account.

He said: "There was flooding 800 metres down in Lower Tean in 2012. This will cause more problems in Lower Tean during construction and during high rainfall.

"This is being forced on an overcrowded village and thousands of new homes are to be added to Cheadle. We cannot cope.

"There are concerns that Tean Hall Mill, which has been converted for housing, is still half empty. This development could also put back the Fole Dairy approved scheme."

Ward councillor Mark Deaville also raised concern that Tean Hall Mill was half empty.

He said: "This application is a none starter. It will have a major impact. We have seen the misery flooding has had in the village which has forced people to leave their homes."

However the applicant's agent Ben Weatherley said the application should be supported as the district council had not got five years' housing supply.

He said: "The proposal gives a number of benefits. There is also no objection from the highway or the Environment Agency.

"The site is in a sustainable location and will have a children's play area and open space."

Highway consultant Peter Todd said that the site could be accessed safely.

He said: "The county council has no objection subject to conditions. In highway terms there is no reason to stop this development."

Planning committee member councillor Linda Malyon said the development would have a visual impact on the entrance to the village.

She said: "This is a pleasant green space which breaks up Tean from Cheadle.

"The mill is under occupied and Cheadle is to be surrounded by thousands of new houses. There is simply no infrastructure and we are looking at grid lock if more houses are built. There are also other brownfield sites more suitable."

Councillor Mike Worthington said the application was only outline and there could be more at a later date.

He said: "The river does flood and the play area proposed is near the brook.

"The design already looked cramped. There are empty flats in the village, so we should have had a housing survey done.

"I am disappointed that the developers have stated this was a done deal. I support the community as there is nothing positive in the site."

Councillors voted by 11 to one to refuse the application with one abstention.

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