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Fears over housing plans

Kevin and Alison Worthington, with Jane and Wayne Kitchen at the site of the proposed housing development. Photo contributed.

Kevin and Alison Worthington, with Jane and Wayne Kitchen at the site of the proposed housing development. Photo contributed.

Residents in Whaley Bridge have joined forces to fight proposals for over 100 houses on a greenfield site in the town.

More than 40 locals attended an information meeting held recently about Gladman Development’s proposed scheme of 107 houses on land off Linglongs Road.

The company is currently offering locals the chance to comment on the plans before they are submitted to High Peak Borough Council.

Locals have already raised a number of concerns in relation to the proposed development.

Jane and Wayne Kitchen, and neighbours Alison and Kevin Worthington, said they were worried about the traffic danger, with extra vehicles from the estate coming onto narrow Linglongs Road, then joining the busy Macclesfield Road.

They also raised concerns about drainage with Jane commenting: “The field at the bottom never dries out. Before the Linglongs houses were built everything was ok. I’ve lived all my life in Whaley Bridge.

“An estate like this would mean Whaley Bridge losing its identity.”

And Alison added: “If the estate is built, it is only a question of time before somebody is killed on Macclesfield Road.”

Jean and Dave Dusgate and their neighbour Angelika Wright live further down Macclesfield Road and are worried about the loss of countryside.

Dave said: “The planners said there would be low visual impact from the plan, and houses would not be seen from Taxal Moor to the west.

“That’s true but in the east, they would be visible from the iconic sites on Kinder Scout.”

More information

Gladman Developments have produced an information leaflet about their proposals for the site, which include approximately 107 new homes, 30 per cent of which would provide affordable housing.

There will also be on-site public open space with recreational facilities.

Further information on the housing plans and an online feedback form is available at www.your-views.co.uk/whaleybridge.

 

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