Jones' Homes Planning Response
Here is another response from Mr Barry Tyre, to the Jones' Homes planning application for the Stobart Site.
If you want to respond or comment on the planning application, you can do so here on the Cheshire East Council planning website, the application number is 16/0504m
Please note, the last dates for submitting comments is 24-Mar-2016
Response to planning application ref 16/0504m from Barry Tyre, Chelford
The details submitted for Reserved Matters appeared to be generally in line with the previous outline approval actively supported by the Parish Council and the residents of Chelford at previous public meetings and open days, apart from one major issue which is described below .
Description of Development Proposals ( Mass,Scale and Visual Appearance)
(contained within the Design and Access Statement )states ."This respects the traditional scale of residential properties in Chelford ".
The large scale and mass of the 3. 5 floor apartment block can in no way be said to meet this criterion . The photos on page 6 of the same report show at least two forms of " affordable housing " . The first is still owned and managed by a RSL and the other shows former council owned properties . All the existing and former affordable housing in Chelford are no more than 2 floors and providing either 2 or 3 bedroom accommodation . Most of the former council owned properties are now in private ownership resulting in a net loss of 2 and 3 bedroom dwellings within the village . There is a demand within the village for 2/3 bedroom accommodation .
There are only a very small number of dwellings within the village that are 2.5 storeys in height and none at all contained within the newer built Seddons Development or the former social housing.
It is stated that the new block is only slightly higher than the existing warehouse . The operative word being "Warehouse" . This building has always been considered something of an eyesore and of no architectural merit ( but necessary during the hostilities of 1939/45) .Chelford residents have no great desire to see one massive building replaced by another ! There is no precedent with the Village for the construction of such a large building .
The rationale for the provision of such a block is based upon the suggestion that there is a high demand for such accommodation in the Mobberley, Alderley Edge and Chelford areas. Mobberley and Chelford may well be considered similar in demographic and housing provision but to include Alderley Edge is most certainly not comparing like with like . One bedroom dwellings of all price brackets are most certainly needed in Alderley Edge and the target client group usually much prefer to live in such a vibrant village with all its advantages of bars, restaurants,street cafe etc not to mention the better and more frequent late night train services . Chelford ( as yet ) does not have these facilities and tends to attract families.
This is not to say some one bedroom dwellings are not required but locating all /most of the one bedroom dwellings in a single large block can in no way to be said to be "indistinguishable from the market housing " which is the Cheshire East policy , supported by Chelford residents .
I make no comment regarding the open market dwellings . The developer has a good reputation and is well in tune with what is in demand in this sector .However I believe that giving approval for such a large building and having all the affordable housing in just this one area of the whole site would be a mistake and certainly not what residents supported at outline planning stage.
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