Prestbury Parish Council has invited two senior Cheshire East Council officers to come and talk to them and residents about the emerging Cheshire East Local Plan which includes plans by the principal authority to build the Woodford-Poynton relief road through the parish.
Adrian Fisher, strategic planning and housing manager, and Andrew Ross, strategic highways and transport manager, have agreed to address the Parish Council and public and answer questions at the Parish Council meeting to be held on Tuesday, October 8th 2013 at the Bridge Hotel in Prestbury at 7.00pm. By then the draft Local Plan will have been published and either opened to consultation or will be about to begin a six-week consultation period.
The previous stage of the Local Plan, the Development Options, which was consulted on at the beginning of the year, indicated that Cheshire East Council was aiming for a high growth strategy, high housing figures, a green belt review and a road building programme that included creating a fast north-south strategic link between the proposed east-west A6-Manchester Airport Relief Road and the northern end of the Macclesfield Silk Road on the eastern border of Prestbury with Tytherington.
Parish council chairman, Arthur Dicken, said: “Whilst it does not appear there are any new strategic development sites proposed for Prestbury Parish itself, there are plans for major new settlements around us at Handforth and Henbury in addition to the proposed newWoodfordGardenVillageon the former British Aerospace site which comes within Stockport Borough.
Also, we know that, as a ‘local service centre’ Prestbury is expected to take its share of house building along with the other service centres. And our enquiries have confirmed that what has now been called the Woodford-Poynton relief road will be a combination of the former A523 Poynton bypass and the former A523 Poynton to Macclesfield improvement. The original proposal for the latter, which was subsequently scrapped, was a dual carriageway that ran off-line from the existingLondon Roadthrough Prestbury.
We want to understand, and we want our residents to understand, what the cumulative effect of these plans will be on Prestbury. We need to know what is envisaged for us in terms of alterations to green belt and additional housing and what the traffic flow and other impacts would be of the various developments planned for inside and outside our boundaries. We hope that residents will take this opportunity to find out more.”