Close Lane Objections

Close Lane Objections

It is now very important to register your objections to the new Close Lane planning proposal.

When the Developer – Muller Property Group (MPG)  - previously proposed to build on this site, there were over 600 objections from Residents ( lets see if we can beat that ).  When this was rejected by our decision maker, Cheshire East, MPG chose to appeal.  This appeal has not yet taken place but now MPG has submitted an additional application for the same site, demonstrating total disregard for either the Community view or the planning process.

The situation created by the recent appeal decision in Alsager’s favour for Sandbach Road North and the Inspector’s findings is that:

  • Cheshire East can not demonstrate a 5 year supply of housing
  • The Emerging Local Plan attracts limited weight
  • The Town Strategy being a non-statutory document  carries little weight
In order to defend Close Lane therefore or indeed any Alsager site, we need to have a significant response from the Community which is based on sound site specific planning reasons.
You can raise objections and view other objections here.  Please note that objections end 6/11/2013, so if you can spare the time, this weekend is a great time to do it.
If you have difficulties with the website, as many people are reporting, then you can e-mail your objection to:  
Please provide the planning number ( 13/4150N )  together with your full name and address with Post Code, your status e.g. resident and explain that you have used this approach because the website will not take your input, together of course with your objection content.
Some initial reasons for objection are shown below, as more become available, we will add to them.
Please help us to  stop this speculative development and make sure there are as many objections as possible.  Don’t leave it to others, they may be leaving it to you.
Some suggested reasons for objection:

1. It is an intrusion into open countryside and outside the settlement boundary.

2. Alsager is an area of restraint, in-line with Cheshire East’s  NPPF responsibility to consult with neighbouring authorites and to support the re-generation of the Potteries. 

3. This site is not included in the Alsager Town strategy and would be additional to Alsager’s housing allocation of 1,000 for the next 20 years.  As Alsager itself is acknowledged to be unsustainable as a key service centre from the point of view of employment and infrastructure, this development would not be sustainable.

4. This is a Greenfield site and Alsager’s allocation will be met through development of its Brownfield sites

5.  When this application was originally made, it received over 600 objections if Localism means anything, it must take this extreme level of objection seriously.  This development is clearly not wanted by the Community.

6.  Access to this site is along a dangerous and narrow country lane, without footpaths for significant stretches.  This road is already incapable of supporting local traffic safely.  It is already used as a dangerous “rat run” via Dunnocksfold Road.

7.  Even if the commitments to provide accommodation for the elderly and provide affordable homes were kept, which in itself is questionable, this would isolate elderly people from the services and environment they need.

8.  The sewage pumping system along Close Lane is  inadequate.  This development would place an additional burden on that system.

9.  The noise and atmospheric pollution ( NO2 and PM national limits ) from the M6 motorway needs to be assessed over an appropriate period of time to prove that national standards are met and that living so close to the motorway is not risking the health of Residents, especially Elderly Residents and children.  This development is too close to the M6 motorway.