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New Homes to Help Meet ‘Significant Shortage’ of Affordable Housing

Much-needed affordable housing has been given the go-ahead in Macclesfield town centre to ease what is described as a ‘significant shortage’.

Cheshire East Council has given planning permission for 14 homes at land off Green Street and Cuckstoolspit Hill.

Developer the Regenda Group can now build eight houses that will be shared ownership and six affordable rental apartments at the site.

It is currently vacant and is believed to have last been used as a salt store by the council.

There had been objections to the proposals but with conditions attached to planning permission the development can press ahead to meet the need for cheap accommodation in the town.

A report by council planning officer Robert Law said: “Overall, it is clear that there is a significant shortage of affordable housing within Macclesfield. This development would help to satisfy a strong demand for affordable one and two bed apartments within the town and contribute to the council’s five year housing supply and this is seen as a key benefit of the scheme.

“It is considered that the benefits of the proposal outweigh the potential negative impacts on education and open space.”

As part of planning permission the Regenda Group has been asked to pay £30,000 to play and open space provision, £12,000 towards sport and recreation facilities and £32,685 to help create additional school spaces.

Conditions attached to planning permission include the provision of charging points for electric cars and taking mitigation measures to ensure residents are not disturbed by noise.

Among objectors was nearby company Tomkinson Heating.

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Concerns included the effect on parking and that the use of narrow Shrigley Street as access to the houses would have a detrimental impact on businesses.

As part of the planning application a report by consultants Halsall Lloyd Partnership said: “The project will assist in providing the ever growing housing demand of the area and also enhance its surrounding built environment with its contemporary approach.

“Designed carefully around the sites multiple constraints, the project maximises the building potential of the site whilst being respectful to the surrounding context.”

By Alex Scapens

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