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Waterpark application is back again

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A further application has been made for a water park on the north lake on the Astle Estates land east of Alderley Road.

Documents relating to this planning application can be viewed on the Cheshire East Council website here

The previous application was finally rejected in October, 2017 by Government Inspector Elizabeth Pleasant, who stated the 'very special circumstances' needed to build in the green belt had not been met. She also said bird habitats would be disturbed.

The inspector commented, "It is clear to me that even though the proposed buildings and car park would only be on a small portion of the overall site, and would be largely screened from the neighbouring road, the proposed development would still have an urbanising effect on the overall character and appearance of this intrinsically open, tranquil and rural site, particularly when viewed from the public footpath that runs through it.
I conclude that the appeal proposal would not preserve Green Belt openness and would conflict with the purposes of safeguarding the countryside from encroachment."

She also stated: "There would also be an impact on the site's nature conservation value for birds by reason of disturbance from the proposed recreational activities and an increase in human activity on the site overall."

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