Decision due on plans for new residential developments at Alderley Park

Plans to build houses on the two of the remaining undeveloped residential parcels of land in the southern campus area of Alderley Park will be considered by the Northern Planning Committee next week.

Jones Homes have applied for planning permission to build 17 units at the Walled Garden, which as the name implies was formerly a walled garden, but is now a grassed area. These properties are largely two storey – with three storey properties at the site entrance.

The second site, referred to as the Kitchen Garden lies to the east of the Walled Garden and was formerly a football pitch. The scheme includes 33 properties which are largely detached and a mix of two and three storey properties.

Alderley Park lies within the North Cheshire Green Belt, but is a Major Developed Site within the Green Belt and the proposals have been amended during the lifetime of the application.

Nether Alderley Parish Council objected to the plans stating “Whilst the Parish Council appreciate that 50 dwellings were allocated on this site within the Outline Planning Permission (15/5401M), it is a great disappointment to see the massing and density of the application causing overcrowding on the two small historic areas of Alderley Park.

“We appreciate that the applicant has addressed the number of 3 storey houses, however we still have serious objections to the inclusion of circa any 3 storey houses that we feel will dominate the Grade II Listed wall and impair the light to adjacent dwellings. We still consider them to be grand in design rather than ‘cottage style’ which we believe would be more appropriate within the Walled Garden area.”

Adding “There remains little or no visitor parking available within the plan. We appreciate the latest layout has tried to address this but the Parish Council still feel the provision is lacking.”

The planning officer has recommended the application for approval at the meeting of the Northern Planning Committee on Wednesday, 1st September.

Addressing ‘perhaps the most significant issue’ of design and heritage impact the officer stated “Whilst the Council’s Design and Conservation Officer acknowledges that the proposals have improved significantly from the original scheme, on these important sites, particularly the Walled Garden, further improvements could have been made to form an exemplar scheme as can be found elsewhere at Alderley Park. However, it is considered the design and heritage impacts are acceptable in the context of the scheme as a whole.”