Public meeting called regarding speculative development sites
The Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has called a public meeting after Cheshire East Council has published its list of speculative sites for development in Alderley Edge.
Earlier this year, CEC carried out a "Call for Sites" consultation which invited developers and landowners to identify sites that they wanted to develop as part of the borough-wide Local Plan.
CEC recently issued the results of that consultation to town and parish councils, and this information has since been shared with the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group.
A spokesperson said: “We wanted to share this information with residents of Alderley Edge without delay.
“Please bear in mind that this is just a list of sites identified by developers and landowners.
“CEC is not recommending them for development at this stage; however, we are very concerned about the potential impact these sites could have if they were included in the CE Local Plan.”
The sites, as identified (also detailed on the map), are as follows:
CFS130 (Land North of Beech Road) - 3.80 hectares
CFS132 (Land at Horseshoe Farm) - 0.75 hectares*
CFS350 (Land at Chorley Hall Lane) - 1.41 hectares
CFS359/400 (Land South of Lydiat Lane) - 2.43 hectares**
CFS370 (Land West of Heyes Lane) - 4.87 hectares
CFS394(Land South of Netherfields) - 2.23 hectares
CFS404 (Land North & South of Chelford Road) - 47.81 hectares
CFS405 (Land at Whitehall Meadow) - 3.27 hectares
CFS620 (Land to the rear of 40 Congleton Road) - 14.01 hectares
*Site proposed for employment use
**Site proposed for a mix of employment and residential use
The steering group’s spokesperson added: “We have previously shared the known proposals submitted by Story Homes (CFS404, CFS359, CFS400, CFS394), David Wilson Homes (CFS405) and the Sims Family (CFS130), but it is clear from the list that other developers and landowners have put forward additional sites of which we were previously unaware.
“The total land mass of the additional sites alone is 20.29 hectares. In a medium density housing area, this would accommodate as many as 1,000 new homes, over and above those already made public.
“The only means that we as a community have to manage the threat of overdevelopment is to create a sound Neighbourhood Plan - endorsed by the community.”
Alderley Edge Parish Council and the Alderley Edge Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have called a public meeting to discuss the potential implications of these additional sites.
The meeting will provide a chance to share the information they have to date as well as informing residents how they can help their community avoid the threat of over-development and discuss what is needed to take the Neighbourhood Plan forward.
Anyone with an interest in the future of the village - and particularly those with experience of the planning process - are asked to attend the public meeting at Alderley Edge School for Girls on Thursday 16th November at 7.30pm, or contact the steering group.
It would appreciated if those wishing to attend could register their interest by emailing the Neighbourhood Plan group in advance at: AlderleyNP@gmail.com