Cheshire East Local Plan
On 16th September 2015 Cheshire East Borough Council released a document called “Cheshire East Local Plan – Suggested Revisions”.
The initial draft of the Local Plan recommended building 200 new houses in Poynton up to 2030. However, after objections by landowners and developers, a government inspector, Mr Pratt, told Cheshire East Council to reconsider the draft Local Plan.
Their revised proposals increase the amount of new housing in Poynton from 200 to at least 650 – an increase of 325 per cent. Cheshire East Council has listed the areas where they want this building to take place – all these sites are currently in the Green Belt. The Council also wants to take extra land out of the Green Belt and “safeguard” it for yet more building in the future.
Poynton Town Council was not consulted about these revised plans and do not support them. This list was drawn up by Cheshire East Council staff based in Crewe – anyone with local knowledge would know there are many good reasons why these sites should not be developed. Our Neighbourhood Plan household survey shows that 65 per cent of Poynton’s residents want no more than 200 new houses.
The Town Council’s four Cheshire East Councillors – Mike Beanland and Mike Sewart (Poynton West) and Howard Murray and Jos Saunders (Poynton East) were similarly not consulted and oppose these plans.
The areas where Cheshire East Council wants to build include:
Land off Hazelbadge Road: This road is already seriously congested, as it includes Lower Park Primary School, as well as being used for parking by passengers using Poynton railway station. Any new building that increased traffic on Hazelbadge Road would pose serious risks to pedestrians, especially children.
Land at Sprink Farm (off Dickens Lane): Any building here would increase traffic on Dickens Lane, a road already used far beyond capacity. This would endanger children travelling to Vernon and St Paul’s Primary School, and Poynton High School.
Land off Chester Road: This site is between the Bird estate and the border between Poynton and Woodford. Building here would effectively add Poynton to the Stockport and Greater Manchester conurbation – defeating one of the main objectives of the Green Belt.
Other objections include:
- Poynton’s roads – even with the new A6MARR (SEMMMS) road – lack the capacity to take the hundreds of extra cars these plans would generate.
- Several of the proposed sites include land which the independent Environment Agency defines as flood risk areas.
- There would be extra strain on schools, doctors and other public services.
The report were considered initially by Cheshire East Councillor Rachel Bailey on 24th September 2015. Poynton Town Council is against these plans. If you have any comments, please contact Cllr Bailey on M. 07825 436587, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at CE Council, Westfields, Middlewich Road, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 1HZ.
If these plans are implemented, the entire nature and character of Poynton would be irrevocably and detrimentally changed forever.
Cheshire East Council’s Local Plan Proposals for Poynton: September 2015
Extract from Agenda for Cabinet Member for Children and Families, 24 September 2015 http://moderngov.cheshireeast.gov.uk/ecminutes/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=810&MId=6013&Ver=4