Last Wednesday, LPC Living’s scheme to build 375 new homes on Ilford Way was presented to Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board, with a recommendation for approval from Cheshire East's planning department.
After the matter was discussed for nearly 3 hours, the application was rejected on the grounds that aircraft noise on the site would have an adverse affect on potential residents, there were not enough affordable homes in the proposal and its sheer scale would compromise the character of the village and its local amenities. The public gallery was packed full with residents and business owners with extra chairs needed to accommodate everyone.
Gareth has been organising the fight against this development since it was first proposed in 2013 and set up the now over 500 strong 'Residents Against Mobberley Sprawl' (RAMS) local residents group. Gareth spoke on behalf of residents at the meeting highlighting the harm a development of this size would have on the character of the village and the strain it would put on local services, as well as the intolerable aircraft noise the new residents would be subjected to.
He added: “In particular we're pleased that so many people from the village attended the meeting in Crewe, even though it was in the middle of the week and the date and location was only confirmed by the council at short notice.
"Building under the flightpath for Manchester Airport condemning over 1,000 people to years of incessant aircraft noise is morally reprehensible and we agree 100 per cent with the council’s reasons for rejecting this development.”
Developers LPC Living have and option to appeal the decision and any future developments will be closely monitored by the Tatton Liberal Democrats team.
Further information on the housing development can be found at Gareth's campaign website www.mobberleyrams.com